Amber Kingi is a self-taught artist from the Gold Coast, Queensland, who relies on her intuition and experimentation to create works that draw from the everyday.
With added make-believe and whimsy, Amber’s created worlds of people, moments, imagined scenes and stories, come alive on canvas. Her imagined characters are caught in a time the viewer can relate to or dream of.
Building her art practice over the last four years, Amber has held five successful solo shows and taken part in numerous group shows around Australia. Amber continues to experiment with scale and new mediums and textures. Her creative process flows from sketch, to digitalised, to working with colour palettes, and finally giving texture to the canvas. For Amber, inspiration is all around her – beaches, parks, media, popular culture, magazines, fashion. Nothing is off-limits.
Amber believes that being self taught her work is guided by her intuition, heart and an aesthetic eye. Fellow self-taught artist, David J Marchi explains: “It is not about being compared to people with training or degrees; it’s about the art that comes out of that person”.
Drawing directly from surroundings and everyday experiences, my paintings frame moments that would otherwise go unnoticed in their original context.
I am a Gold Coast based artist. I’ve had 5 solo exhibitions around South East Queensland and for the past 3 years, have been developing my own unique/signature style. After some reflection, I realised that as a Mum I try to capture all the ‘big’ and ‘special’ moments in my children’s lives. With that revolution, I became intrigued with the small quiet moments that aren’t photographed. The ones that occur every day and hold so much character and strength. These are the moments that I love to paint.
Figures are painted as ‘silhouettes’ encouraging viewers to imagine themselves in the scenes. Colours are soft & complementary with primary pops.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2021 Sultry Scenes, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Mermaid Beach
2019 Everyday People, Currumbin RSL, Currumbin QLD
2018 Bloom, DBar House, Coolangatta QLD
2018 Garden Utopia, Art Shelter, Kingscliff NSW
2018 Artist In Residence, Burleigh Brewing, Burleigh QLD
2017 Tribal, DBar House, Coolangatta QLD
2016 Wild, DBar House, Coolangatta QLD
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS/FESTIVALS
2021 Fuck Covid, Fenton & Fenton, Melbourne VIC
2021 Toowoomba Grammar Art Show, Toowoomba QLD
2020 Small Works Exhibition, Fenton & Fenton, Melbourne VIC
2020 Here With Me, Curatorial & Co, Redfern NSW
2019 Threesome International Group Show, 19 Karen Gallery, Mermaid Beach QLD, AUS
2018 Morris Art Prize Exhibition, Events Arena, Carrara QLD
2018 Street Art Battle, Sand Safari Arts Festival, Surfers Paradise QLD
2018 We Are Gold Coast, HOTA, Surfers Paradise QLD
2018 Daisy Went Crazy Festival, Gold Coast QLD
2016 Trailblazing Women of Herstory, Melbourne VIC
2015 Colours of Melbourne, Melbourne VIC
2015 Magnus 600, Magnus Collective, Melbourne VIC
2015 RAW, Byron Bay NSW
2014 RAW, Gold Coast QLD
2020 Completed a 2-month Artist Residency, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Mermaid Beach
2020 Finalist – Fenton & Fenton Rising Talent
2018 Highly Commended – The Morris Art Prize
2018 Aquisition – ‘Fern Street’ purchased by HOTA for their private collection
2018 Finalist – Border Art Prize
2018 Finalist – Moreton Bay Regional Council Art Prize
2018 Finalist – Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular
2015 Finalist – Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular
2015 Finalist – Border Art Prize
2015 Finalist – Lions Garden City Art Extravaganza