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Amanda Gruenwald

b. 1985

Amanda Gruenwald is quickly distinguishing herself as a thoughtful and formidable emerging artist. Awarded the Gordon Harris Painting Prize and the Kate Edgar Charitable Trust Grant in her final year at Elam School of Fine Arts in 2012, Gruenwald’s striking, landscape inspired paintings were first exhibited in a museum context in 2017 in Surface Affect at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Center.

Working at scale and taking colour and form as her subjects, Gruenwald’s distinctive shapes collide, bleed and fray into one another. Oscillating between soft washes and heavy, concrete brushwork, her forms merge and shift, each layer communicating with those that came before and after, creating an interior network of conversation between distinctive gestures.