Amber Kingi – Sultry Scenes
Hosted By 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace
August 21st - September 18th, 2021
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.
About this exhibition Amber says: “Sketching out ideas for this exhibition, I picked my favs… the ones I’m most excited to develop and see move to colour… when a common sultry theme emerge. Even as 2 tone sketches, the pieces held a sultry boudoir vibe. Embracing this, I accentuated the images applying deep autumn tones and what resulted? ‘Sultry Scenes’ of strong women in my style.
What I enjoy is that although the scenes themselves aren’t sexual or scandalised… there is a sensual private tone to them. A sultry essence.
Listen to #1 crush by Garbage, ‘Sweet Dreams’ and ‘Tainted Love’ by Marilyn Manson, while viewing the pieces to step into my mindset in the beginning. I was listening to 90s music and the tone of the songs may have leaked onto my sketch pad.”