Amanda Marburg


Lives and works Melbourne.

Amanda Marburg's distinctive paintings are the end product of an extended process involving photography and model making. Her method is to build plasticine figures and structures before photographing the strange worlds she creates against studio backdrops, which then act as the final basis for her paintings. Characterised by an interchange between two- and three-dimensional forms, this laborious process eschews painting things from real life, and instead offers a sustained examination and reworking of ideas and tropes that premise painting as a type of model. Marburg draws from film and art history, as well as cultural artifacts and paraphernalia, to create narratives which are often melancholic yet irreverent.
Born in 1976 Marburg lives and works in Melbourne and has held regular solo exhibitions including: How Some Children Played at Slaughtering, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2016; Becoming Something Other, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; The pathway to corporeal pleasures, Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Sydney, 2012; A place to hide, Kaliman Rawlins, Melbourne, 2011; Guardians of the Departed, Uplands, Melbourne, 2009; The other side, Uplands, Melbourne, 2007; The Bomb, TCB Art Inc., Melbourne, 2001. Numerous group exhibitions including: All the better to see you with: Fairy tales transformed, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne 2017; 9 x 5 exhibition, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2017; Dear Masato all at once, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; The Sixth, Westspace, Melbourne, 2013; Art & Australia Collection, MOP Gallery, Sydney, 2012; Like, Casula Powerhouse Gallery, Sydney, 2012; Model Pictures, Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, 2011; neo-Gothic, Queensland University Art Museum, Brisbane, 2008; Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2007; Depth of Field, Shepparton Art Gallery, Victoria, 2003; Neo Noir, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, 2002; and Fascination, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2000. Marburg was the recipient of the Australia council Rome studio in 2008, the Barcelona studio in 2016 and a finalist in the 2011 and 2013 Archibald Prize.


Amanda Marburg CV

Artwork by Amanda Marburg

Death and the Goose boy, 2015

oil on linen
90 x 125cm