Amanda House: Watermelon and Sunflowers


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Full of life, the loose brushstrokes and bold unmodulated colours of Watermelon and Sunflowers suggest the relaxed feelings of a summer’s day. The abstract wallpaper features an array of bright colours, with stylised pieces of pinkish-red watermelon cascading down, drawing our gaze to the sumptuous slices lying on the polka-dot plate below. Adding to the busy scene is the sunflower display placed centre stage. Flowerheads emerge from the soft green foliage and burst into the foreground with their rich yellow colour, further animating the painting, guiding our eyes on a visual journey of the summer palette.

A mixed media artist and printmaker, Amanda House’s paintings are a euphoric take on the genre of still life. Working in layers of watercolour, gouache, encaustic, pastels, and pencils onto handmade Indian rag paper, her work is a journey directed by the juxtaposition of colour and form. Inspired by the boldness and decorative qualities of Bonnard, Matisse and the Bloomsbury Group, Amanda works on more than one painting at a time creating a lively rhythm throughout.

Inspired by a chance visit to an artist’s studio, Amanda became motivated to pursue painting further after she and her friends enjoyed a creative evening of landscape painting. House went on to complete a two-year access art course at Stroud College, followed by a Fine Art degree at the University of Gloucestershire. Soon after, she was offered a couple solo exhibitions at the Winds of Change Gallery in Winchcombe. Her work has been in galleries in Italy, Devon, Cornwall, the RWEA in Bristol and in many areas within the Cotswolds.

More of this talented artist’s works are on display in our lovely Burford Art Gallery.

Dimensions: H: 93cm (3ft), W: 25cm (10in), D:2cm (1in)

Mixed media & watercolour on handmade indian rag paper

Framed, plain black painted wooden frame, unglazed

Burford Garden Company is acting as an agent on behalf of the artists displaying work in this online gallery. Refunds on works are discretionary and goods must be returned within seven days of purchase, at the latest.