A self-professed ‘Fusionist’, Amanda Watt pays homage to the past:The multiple perspectives of cubism, the bright energy of expressionism, and the simplicity of primitivism all combine in her unique and highly recognisable style. Her everyday world and that of fantasy collide to create bright and joyful images based on the clarity and simplicity of abstract forms.
Amanda is inspired by Gauguin’s Orientalism and Japanese woodblock prints, which she combines with western cubist principles and the expressionists’ use of colour. She cites the pattern-making of Gustav Klimt and the highly stylised figures of Tom Wesselman and Alex Katz as influences, as well as Rainer Fetting’s use of bold colour and gestural brushstrokes.
The bright Californian colours of David Hockney and the decisive curves of Matisse are clearly recognisable in her work. Amanda’s collectors include casino mogul Steve Wynn, award-winning film director Barry Levinson, Cultural Ambassador Vanessa Branson, former president of Ireland Mary Robinson, and fashion designer Marla Ginsburg. With annual solo shows in LA, San Francisco and New York, Amanda’s bright, vibrant interior scenes and semi-abstract figurative and landscape paintings have become a staple of Californian society.