Amanda Shelsher

Australia 1971


Amanda Shelsher
Amanda Shelsher
February 13, 2016
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Being introduced to a world of art at the age of 10 by her mother, it wasn’t surprise that Amanda Shelsher also dedicated her talent and abilities to the same adventure. Her sculptures contain autobiographical elements, it almost seems that the entire character of the artist can be read just from observing her pieces. The artist was nudged towards art by her mother, but now, being a mother herself, she draws inspiration from her children. All the pieces are unique and created by combining slab and coil techniques. She later draws on her figures using sgraffito.

Her sculptures contain autobiographical elements

Amanda Shelsher - Leaving, 2013 - Signs of Life, 2013 - Leap of Fate, 2014
Amanda Shelsher – Leaving, 2013 / Signs of Life, 2013 / Leap of Fate, 2014

Laughter, happiness, chickens and rabbits

Shelsher earned her BA in Visual Arts and Ceramics from Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia in 1991, and then went on to receive a Graduate Diploma of Education (Art being the secondary) in 1992, from the same institution. Watching Shelsher creates is wonderful scenery. She works from her home, while her two kids play nearby. Those are moments full of laughter and happiness. Chickens, rabbits and dogs all have their place in this big family. Watching her children play and discover the world feeds the artist with creative energy. Her work is also influenced by her love for the nature, something that she has passed down to her son and daughter.

Watching her children play gives the artist creative energy

Amanda Shelsher - Loss, 2012 - My Own Treehouse, 2013 - Nurture, 2013
Amanda Shelsher – Loss, 2012 / My Own Treehouse, 2013 / Nurture, 2013

Love for and from the family

Her female forms have an autobiographical note, and are under influence of the artist’s observations of human’s instinct for nurture. These figures also speak of the Shelsher’s love for home life, for the domestic and her family’s feelings for the surroundings and the environment in general. Everything about Shelsher’s life and art could be summarized in one word – family. I already spoke of how big the inspiration her children are. We mustn’t forget about her mother, who allowed Amanda to create and nurtured her talent by enrolling her in courses and letting her study about art. Her father is also an artist (painter), and her parents are her biggest support.

Shelsher’s parents are her biggest support

New work in clay, ceramic and the ceramics works are exhibited in gallery in Perth
Amanda Shelsher – Thorn Necklace with Hummingbird, 2011 / Me and My Parrot, 2011 / The Blue House, 2011

Neverending change

It is encouraging to see that someone can draw so much inspiration and energy from family. Not only that, but the viewers can feel all the love the artist is surrounded with as well. The artist knows that her children are central in her making of art. It was a huge change when they were born because and work evolved noticeably. It is only natural for her art to further change as the kids grow. As for the viewers, they can only wait to see where the future will take Shelsher and her sculptures. One thing is sure, though – those familiar feelings of love and nurture will continue to be central in her art. That’s just who she is.

She is represented by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace in Gold Coast, Australia.

Amanda Shelsher lives and works in Inglewood, Perth.

Images, including featured – courtesy of 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016General exhibition19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD AustraliaGroup
2015Amanda ShelsherGallows Gallery, Mosman Park, WASolo
2015New worksMargaret River Art Gallery, Margaret River, WASolo
2015Group ShowPerth College, Mt Lawley, AustraliaGroup
2014PrecariousBeaver Galleries Canberra, AustraliaSolo
2014TattooKidogo Art House, Fremantle, Gallery East. WASolo
2014MontsalvatSkepsi Gallery, Melbourne, VICGroup
2013Nature, Nurture19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD AustraliaSolo
2013Unconscious ArticulationMelody Smith Gallery, Perth, WAGroup
2013Artisans in the GardensRoyal Botanic Gardens. Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2013The Art of Cirque du Soleil19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLDGroup
2012A Child is Born – Wesley Church Christmas ExhibitionPerth, WAGroup
2012Stations of the CrossWesley Church, Perth City, Western AustraliaGroup
201230 x 30Margaret River Galleries, Western AustraliaGroup
2011InkedGallery East, North Fremantle Western AustraliaSolo
2011Narrative KnotManly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, New South WalesGroup
2011Save ArtUniversity Club, Crawley, Western AustraliaGroup
201130 x 30 x 30Gallery East, North Fremantle, Western AustraliaGroup
2011Homage to Frida19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold CoastGroup
2011InkedGallery East, North Fremantle, Western AustraliaGroup
2010Earthly PerspectivesBeaver Galleries, Canberra, AustraliaSolo
2010Ergon Energy CQ Ceramic AwardRockhampton Art Gallery, Queensland, AustraliaGroup
2010Down memory laneDarwin Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory. AustraliaGroup
2010Femme Folk and FableLinton and Kay Contemporary, Subiaco, Western AustraliaGroup
2010Stanthorpe Art AwardStanthorpe Regional Gallery, Stanthorpe, Queensland, AustraliaGroup
2010Perth College 25th Annual exhibitionPerth College, Perth, Western AustraliaGroup
2009Wild SurburbiaGreenhill Galleries Adelaide, Adelaide, South AustraliaSolo
2009BloomL K Galleries, Subiaco, Western AustraliaSolo
2009Stretch FestivalMandurah Performing Arts Centre, WASolo
2009Summer ExhibitionWagner Art Gallery, Paddington, New South Wales, AustraliaGroup
2009Mazenod College Art ExhibitionLesmurdie, Western AustraliaGroup
2009Hale Art ExhibitionWembly Downs, Western AustraliaGroup
2009Music Box ProjectHolmes A Court Gallery, Perth, Western AustraliaGroup
2008State of the West, Ceramic SurveyTAFE Gallery, Perth Central TAFE Perth, Western AustraliaGroup
2008Mino International Ceramic AwardJapanGroup
2008Perth College 23rd Annual exhibitionPerth College, Perth, Western AustraliaGroup
2008Minnawara Art AwardCity of Armadale, Western AustraliaGroup
2007Garden of CuriositiesFORM Contemporary Craft and Design, Perth, WASolo
2007SOFA ChicagoChicago, USASolo
2007Group ShowHellfire Gallery, Western AustraliaGroup
2006SOFA ChicagoChicago, USASolo
200618th Feast of the Mind. Buffet of ArtFubon Art Foundation, Taipei, TaiwanSolo
2006Amanda ShelsherV & A Museum, LondonSolo
2006Conversations in ClayAnanya Fine Arts, Hong KongGroup
2006Sculpture by the SeaCottesloe, Western AustraliaGroup
2005SOFA ChicagoChicago, USASolo
2005Statements in SculptureSkepsi Gallery, Carlton, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
2004PreciousBeaver Galleries, Canberra, AustraliaSolo
2004SOFA ChicagoChicago, USASolo
2003Remembering: Women Working for WomenMoores Building, Fremantle, Western AustraliaGroup
2003Ceramics: The Australian and New Zealand ContextCampbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, AustraliaGroup
2003From the Fringe to the CentreLa Trobe University Art Collection, Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
2002Australia – Korea Foundation 10th FestivalSeoul, KoreaSolo
2002Off The Wall and GroundedLa Trobe University Art Museum, Glenn College, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
2002Sidney Myer FundShepparton Art Gallery, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
2001Group ShowStorey’s Gallows Gallery, Mosman Park, WAGroup
1999EarthboundThe Moores Building, Fremantle, Western AustraliaSolo
19973 Kombies, 24 Countries and 1 LionPerth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Western AustraliaSolo