UnFurl Exhibition Online

Paintings by Amanda O’Bryan about unfolding the creative spirit told through the joy of floral expression




















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“Then the green things began to show buds and the buds began to unfurl and show color, every shade of blue, every shade of purple, every tint and hue of crimson.”

Frances Hodgson Burnett – The Secret Garden

Inspired by a line in the classic children’s novel, The Secret Garden, Unfurl  was to be my first solo exhibition.

The exhibition was scheduled to show at the Owens Collective in Newcastle, this August 2021. When COVID lockdown life ended the in-person event, it was decided to simply ‘let the paintings fly’ with us much joy and creativity in which they were created.  

I hope you enjoy the UnFurling of this selection of artworks. Amanda

About the artwork

Amanda O’Bryan is an emerging artist based in the Hunter Valley.

She studied Visual Arts and Design at the University of Newcastle and is twice a finalist in the Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize and winner of the 2018 Packers Prize. She was one of three artists at a Newcastle ArtSpace, Atelier in 2019 with Newcastle painter John Morris, and successfully moved into the public realm with the Ateliers ‘Willful’ exhibition in 2020. After working in creative industries for over 2 decades, Amanda returned to the Hunter region after recovering from Ovarian Cancer.

A fascination with florals, organic composition, and the expressive colours of nature is informed by her proximity to the surrounding rural region of Hunter River where she lives. It provides witness to the ebb and flow of the seasons relating to the themes explored in the work, of change, growth and transformation.

Her work is semi-abstract expressive painting, the focus is on gestural mark-making in an attempt to express the elemental spirit of flowers and foliage. The work forges rivers, pools, and veins of colour in diluted acrylic stain and wash bleeding across raw canvas.



“Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing.”



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