The Art of Amanda Marie
Amanda Marie (a.k.a. Mando Marie) is an American painter and Stencilist. Amanda creates small works on paper and larger works on canvas for indoor exhibitions. She also paints large scale murals in outdoor and urban settings.
Her use of nostalgic storybook like imagery is an invitation for viewing allegorical and highly painterly compositions. Signature in her very graphic work is the use of children and young adults as imagery tools to deliver clever often subtle messages that can straddle a line between comforting and spooky. Other signature and recognizable traits in her work are the common use of ‘twin imagery’ and the consistent use of vintage sewing patterns as backgrounds to inform the compositions of her paintings.
It's easy to see why her beautiful work has very wide appeal. Amanda's respect from the Street Art world and the fine Art crowd is a rare combination. Along with Swoon and AIKO, Amanda Marie is among the best women working in this important genre today.
With Amanda, it is refreshing to see graphic stencils (cutout devices to reproduce and apply graphic imagery or text) which are not the overtly violent or hyper-sexual. As stencil painting matures Amanda Marie’s work is keeping pace with an evolving and discerning eye.
Thematically, a regular comparison from the fine art world is Henry Darger, but Amanda Marie is also heavily influenced by classic ‘golden book’ era illustrators like Eloise Wilkin, Tibor Gergely and Leonard Weisgard.
Amanda’s paintings use a combination of mediums and techniques. In most works, some elements are screen printed, some are wheat pasted, and some elements are drawn out and then made into hand cut stencils and spray painted. There is also acrylic paint applied by brush and splatter techniques, and of course the trademark use of vintage sewing patterns is present in most of her paintings. The complex use of multiple techniques in each piece lends to the depth and subtlety of her work.