Amanda Shelsher

Represented Artist

Amanda Shelsher

Represented Artist

Amanda Shelsher is a Western Australian artist who creates amazing and mesmerising semi-autobiographical sculptures. Her work is built by hand through a combination of slab and coil techniques so that each finished piece is unique.

Amanda’s works have been included in many prestigious competitions and exhibitions within Australia and internationally, and are part of collections such as National Gallery of Australia, Rockhampton Art Gallery, Manly Art Gallery + Museum, La Trobe University. Collectors of her work include Billy Connolly.

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ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Amanda Shelsher works as a full time sculptural ceramic artist from her home in Perth, Western Australia. She grew up surrounded by bush in the small suburb of Gooseberry Hill and was introduced to clay at the age of 10 when her mother began her own career as a professional potter. Amanda began exhibiting at age 18 and went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts – Ceramics  at Western Australia’s Curtin University of Technology. She then completed her Graduate Diploma of Education (Art – Secondary) the following year in 1992.

Shelsher’s works are built from home, where she sits in the lounge room at her worktable, surrounded by her family. She uses a variety of clays; stoneware, paper clay and porcelain. All of her pieces are built by hand through a combination of slab and coil technique, so that each finished piece is unique. Amanda assembles and models the features of the bodies when the clay pieces are firm; she then later uses the sgraffito technique to ‘draw’ onto the figure’s bodies like a tattoo.

This distinctive style requires her to build the body from one type of clay and then paint over the surface using different coloured liquid clay called slip. She then uses a scalpel to scratch through the slip to the clay underneath to create delicate line drawings. Colour is achieved by using oxides, stains, slips and glazes, before firing the pieces to 1200C or 1200C. This ensures her work will last for generations.

Her works have been included in prestigious competitions and exhibitions nationally and from Chicago to Los Angeles, London to Hong Kong, Taipei and Korea.

Collections include: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra,  Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Rockhampton Art gallery, Queensland, La Trobe University, Melbounre, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, City of Perth and City of Wanneroo Art Collections, Western Australia, National Australia Bank.

EDUCATION

1992 Grad Dipl. of Education (Secondary/Art).Curtin University of Technology WA
1991 Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts -Ceramics) Curtin University of Technology WA

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

2017 Dalkeith Primary School Artist in Residence
2017 Penrhos College: Artist Residence – Yr 11 & 12
2015 City of South Perth: Selected artist for Mends Street : River Walls Public Art – Bronze sculpture Feature for South Perth foreshore
2015 Lake Joondalup Baptist College Ceramic Workshop – Yr 9
2015 Churchlands Primary School: Artist Residence – Kindergarten – Yr 6
2014 Artist talk, Kidigo Art House – Tattoo exhibition with Gallery East, Fremantle Bathers Beach WA
2014 Opening Guest Speaker, Kingsway Christian College Student Art Exhibition
2014 Independent Art Teachers Assoc. Artist workshop and presentation
2014 Santa Maria College – Attadale. Artist workshop – Yr 12
2014 Lake Joondalup Baptist College, Artist presentation – Yr 11 & 12
2013 Applecross Primary School, Ceramic hand building workshop – Yr 5 – 7
2012 Public Art Sculpture Unit w/Lecturer Tony Jones. Central TAFE, WA
2011 Churchlands Primary School, Ceramic workshops – Kindergarten & Yr 3
2011 Kingsway Christian College, Artist presentation, Darch WA
2011 Sacred Heart College, Artist presentation and demonstration, Sorrento WA
2011 Lake Joondalup Baptist College, Artist presentation, Joondalup WA
2011 Hale School, Artist presentation Yr 8 – 9, Wembley Downs WA
2011 All Saints College, Artist presentation, Bull Creek WA
2010 ANU Ceramic Department, Artist presentation invitation by Janet De Boos, Canberra ACT
2009 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Art Gallery WA
2009 Halls Head Community College, Workshop demonstration, Mandurah WA
2009 Penrhos College, Workshop and Presentation, Perth WA
2008 Panel member, “State of the West – Ceramic survey” Symposium. Central TAFE, Perth WA
2008 Artist talk, “State of the West Ceramic survey” Central TAFE Perth WA
2008 Mandurah Catholic College, Artist talk, Mandurah WA
2007 Scion Installation Space, Installed “Australian Characters” Group Exhibition. Los Angeles USA
2007 Artist Presentation, “Garden of Curiosities”, FORM.Centre for Craft and Design WA
2006 Gallery Assistant, Art Taipei, Hua Shan Culture Park, Taipei TAIWAN. Installed works for Fubon Banking corporation and gallery assistant for Raglan Gallery.
2002 Australia – Korea Foundation 10th Festival, Showcased works in Seoul, Korea – represented by CRAFTWEST, Perth WA

EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Lasting Impressions Gallery , Kenilworth QLD
2015 Exhibition with Linda Skryols , Gallows Gallery, Mosman Park WA
2015 Sculpture & Paintings w/ Shirley Clancey,  Margaret River Art Gallery, Margaret River, WA
2014 Precarious, Beaver Galleries Canberra ACT
2014 Tattoos and Beautiful Women,  Kidogo Art House, Fremantle WA
2013 Nature, Nurture, 19 Karen, Gold Coast QLD
2012 Gallery Aloft, Rozelle NSW
2011 Inked, Gallery East, North Fremantle WA
2010 Earthly Perspectives, Beaver Galleries, Canberra ACT
2009 Wild Surburbia, Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide SA
2009 Bloom, L K Galleries, Subiaco, WA
2009 Stretch Festival, Feature artist, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, WA
2007 Garden of Curiosities, FORM.Contemporary Craft and Design, Perth, WA
2007 SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier (w/ Raglan Gallery) Chicago USA
2006 SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier (w/ Raglan Gallery) Chicago USA
2006 18th Feast of the Mind, Buffet of Art, Fubon Art Foundation, Taipei TAIWAN
2006 Collect  V & A Museum,  (w/ Raglan Gallery) London ENGLAND
2005 SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier (w/ Raglan Gallery) Chicago USA
2004 Precious, Beaver Galleries, Canberra ACT
2004 SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier (w/ Raglan Gallery) Chicago USA
2002 Australia – Korea Foundation 10th Festival (w/Craftwest Perth, WA Australia)  Seoul KOREA
1999 Earthbound, The Moores Building, Fremantle WA
1997 3 Kombies, 24 Countries and 1 Lion, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth WA

Group Exhibitions

2017 Newman Art Show, Newman College, Wembley Downs WA
2015 Artitude Crown, Perth WA
2014 Gold Coast International Art Award, Gold Coast Art Gallery, QLD
2014 Quiet Conversations, Skepsi Gallery, Eltham VIC
2014 Above and Below, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney NSW
2014 Mount Lawley SHS Art Auction, Mount Lawley WA
2014 Fine Art at Hale, Hale School, Wembley Downs WA
2014 Churchlands SHS Art Exhibition, Wembley Downs WA
2014 Artitude,Crown Casino w/Gallery East WA
2014 Help the Homeless Art Auction, Fremantle WA
2013 Beaver Galleries Christmas Exhibition, Canberra ACT
2013 Kerrie Lowe Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Newtown, Sydney NSW
2013 Artisans in the Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens. Sydney NSW
2013 Artsource – Featured artist, St Hilda’s Art Fair. Mosman Park WA
2013 Unconcious Articulation, Melody Smith Gallery, Perth WA
2013 Help the Homeless Art Auction, Fremantle Town Hall WA
2013 Hale Art Show, Hale Grammar School, Perth WA
2013 Artitude, Crown Casino, Perth WA
2012 Kerrie Lowe Gallery Group Christmas Exhibition, Newtown, Sydney NSW
2012 Gallery East Christmas Show, North Fremantle WA
2012 A Child is Born, Wesley Church Christmas Exhibition, Perth WA
2012 Help the Homeless Art Auction, Fremantle Town Hall WA
2012 Gold Coast International Ceramic Awards, Gold Coast City Art Gallery QLD
2012 Stations of the Cross, Wesley Church , Perth WA
2012 30 x 30, Margaret River Galleries, Margaret River WA
2011 Narrative Knot Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Manly NSW
2011 Homage to Frida, 19 Karen , Mermaid Beach QLD
2010 Ergon Energy CQ Ceramic Award, Rockhampton Art Gallery, QLD
2010 Down Memory Lane, Darwin Gallery, Darwin NT
2010 Help the Homeless Art Auction, Fremantle Town Hall WA
2010 Femme Folk and Fable, Linton and Kay Contemporary, Subiaco WA
2010 Hale Art Exhibition, Wembley Downs, WA
2010 Perth College 25th Annual exhibition, Perth WA
2009 Summer Exhibition, Wagner Art Gallery. Paddington NSW
2009 Mazenod College Art Exhibition – Feature Artist, Lesmurdie WA
2009 Hale Art Exhibition, Wembley Downs WA
2009 Music Box Project, Holmes A Court Gallery, Perth WA
2008 State of the West, TAFE Gallery, Perth Central TAFE Perth WA
2008 Perth College 23rd Annual exhibition, Perth WA
2008 Minnawara Art Award, City of Armadale WA
2007 Australian Characters, Scion Installation L.A Space, Los Angeles USA
2007 Hellfire Gallery, Esperance WA
2007 Alice Craft Acquisition, Alice Springs NT
2006 Conversations in Clay, Ananya Fine Arts HONG KONG
2006 Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe WA
2005 Gold Coast International Ceramic Award,  Gold Coast City Art Gallery QLD
2005 Statements in Sculpture, Skepsi Gallery, Carlton VIC
2003 Remembering: Women Working for Women, Moores Building, Fremantle WA
2003 Ceramics: The Australian and New Zealand Context, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery NSW
2003 Gold Coast International Ceramic Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery QLD
2003 From the Fringe to the Centre, Mildura Arts Centre VIC
2002 Off The Wall and Grounded, Glenn College VIC
2002 Alice Craft Acquisition, Alice Springs NT
2002 Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramics Award, Shepparton Art Gallery VIC
2001 Gold Coast International Ceramic Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery QLD
2001 Storey’s Group Show, Gallows Gallery,  Mosman Park WA
2000 Celebration, Manly Art Gallery and Museum. Sydney NSW
2000 Gold Coast International Ceramic Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery QLD

COMMISSIONS

2016 ‘Resonance’ – public artwork, 3 large bronze swan feathers – Mends Street Promenade, South Perth foreshore, Perth WA

COLLECTIONS

Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton QLD
St John of God Hospital Art Collection, Murdoch WA
Perth College Art Collection, Perth WA
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ACT
Gold Coast City Art Gallery QLD
National Australia Bank, MelbourneVIC
City Of Wanneroo Art Collection, Perth WA
La Trobe University Art Collection, Melbourne VIC
Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney NSW
City of Perth , Art Council Collection. Perth WA
Healthway, WA Health Promotion Foundation, Perth WA
Perth College Art Collection,  Perth WA
Private collections in Australia, Europe, U.K,  U.S.A and Middle East
Private Collectors include Billy Connolly

AWARDS

2013 Finalist – Public Art Work – Perth Art Foundation
2012 Finalist – City of Cockburn, Renewable Energy Public Art Sculpture
2012 Finalist – 28th Gold Coast International Art Award
2010 Finalist – Stanthorpe Art Award
2009 Finalist – Prometheus Visual Arts Award
2009 Art Grant – Department of Culture and the Arts
2008 Selected (First Round Judging) – Mino International Ceramic Award JAPAN
2006 Sculpture Prize – City of Wanneroo Art Award
2005 Acquisition – Gold Coast International Ceramic Award
2004 Art Grant – ArtsWA
2001 Selected – Port Hacking Potters Group 40th Award
2001 Selected – Townsville Ceramic Competition
2000 Art Grant – ArtsWA
2000 Ceramic Commendatio – Town of Vincent – Art Award
1999 Selected – Town of Vincent – Art Award
1998 Selected – Victoria Park Sculpture Award
1998 Jah Roc Sculpture Prize – York Art Awards
1997 Jah Roc Sculpture Prize – York Art Awards

PUBLICATIONS

2014 500 Figures in Clay, Lark Books
2014 Amanda Shelsher’s Ceramic Wonderland. Canberra Times, June 5th
2014 Paper Clay Art and Practice : Rosette Gault, Pg 80
2011 The West Australian, “Tattoo art more than skin deep”, Jan 12th
2010 The Canberra Times, Benign and quirky works, August 25th
2009 The Advertiser, “Arts encore” Pg 8
2009 The West Australian, ”Sculptor eyes child’s eye view” Pg 12, Apr 3rd
2009 Art seen in WA – Review
2009 The Journal of Australian Ceramics Issue 48#1 pg 48 -51
2008 Ceramic Art and Perception. No 71.Pg 25 -28  “Amanda Shelsher’s Friendly Forms”
2007 SOFA Catalogue –Chicago USA – International Exposition
2007  Art seen in WA – Review
2007 Ceramic Review Magazine . UK. Issue Sept / Oct 227 Pg 20
2007 The West Australian Visual Arts “Shining Sprit of Collaboration” June 23rd.
2007 Art seen in WA  – Review
2007 Homes and Living Year Book pg 68 “Fine Figure”.
2007 Arts Hub Australia – Proust Pin- Up June 26th
2006 The Journal of Australian Ceramics. ‘Home is where the heart is” Vol 45
2006 Art Taipei. Exhibition Catalogue 2006. pp 124 – 125.
2006 “Oh my Deer 18th Feast of the mind Buffet of Art” Taipei  Catalogue.Pg 11-12 FUBON Arts Foundation.
2006 Sculpture by the Sea. Exhibition catalogue, Western Australia.
2006 Craft Arts International magazine. Issue 66  Pg 113
2005 Craft Arts International magazine. Issue 64.SOFA Chicago 2004
2004 Canberra Times. “Capturing the Untouched.” August 21st
2004 SOFA Catalogue –Chicago.  pg 238
2004 The Journal of Australian Ceramics..Vol 43 # 3.“Precious”
2003 Ceramics Art And Perception: Vol 52 pg 55:“Ceramics in the Australian & New Zealand Context”
2002 Craft Arts International magazine. Issue 55. pg 54-57
2002 Ceramics Art And Perception:  issue 48. pg 63: Gold Coast Ceramics Award
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