Amber Boardman is an American-born, Sydney-based artist who creates densely layered, large scale paintings that examine crowd behaviour, and the role of the internet in shaping ever-changing social norms. Boardman combines her background in painting and animation to create narrative works that draw from the visual language of cartoons, influenced in part by her work as an animator for Cartoon Network’s [adult swim], Comedy Central and Google.
Amber Boardman’s 20-year history of exhibiting her work internationally includes shows in arts institutions in New York, London, Rome, Amsterdam, Miami, Atlanta, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Notable exhibitions include BAM's Next Wave Festival in New York, Postmasters Gallery in Rome, and the Archibald and Geelong Prizes in Australia,
Over the last two decades, she has been committed to fostering the creative talent of artists. Boardman holds a PhD in Fine Art and has been an invited speaker at major universities, art galleries and museums since 2011. She has lectured in art and animation at leading universities in the US and Australia. Boardman has founded shared studio/exhibition spaces in both Brooklyn NY and Sydney Australia and continues to facilitate the exchange of ideas between artists internationally with her Virtual Studio Visit events.
Her works are held in private and public collections including Artbank and The City of Sydney in Australia, and the High Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the University of Kentucky Art Museum in America. Her work has appeared in publications including Hyperallergic, Juxtapoz, Artist Profile, Art Collector, and ArtMaze Magazine.
Her work is represented by Chalk Horse in Sydney, Sophie Gannon Gallery in Melbourne, and Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta.
AMBER BOARDMAN IN ART MONTHLY AUSTRALASIA
"More garish than [Philip] Guston, Boardman nonetheless brings a similarly intimate particularity to what is a melancholic and mysterious sociopolitical ethos. As satire, the works hold onto something undecodable in their messages: the tragicomic spirit of pretension beaming in from Planet Boardman.’"
- Excerpts from Art Monthly Australasia essay by Wes Hill, 2021
AMBER BOARDMAN IN PANEL DISCUSSION AT ANU
Boardman joins artists and academics David Humphrey, Kylie Banyard and Peter Alwast for a panel discussion 'Why Painting Now?' to discuss key ideas around the relevance of contemporary painting, its challenges as well as focus on the joys and trials of keeping an active artistic practice and career sustainable over the long term. The audience will have the opportunity to hear how practising artists and academics negotiate the complex terrain of contemporary art, while seeking to keep open the potential for discovery and surprise in their research and practice.
Date and time: Wednesday 28th September 2022 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm (AEST)
Location: Australian National University School of Art & Design, Building 105 Childers Street, School Lecture Theatre Rm1.42, Acton, ACT 2601
AMBER BOARDMAN SHORTLISTED FOR THE GRACE COSSINGTON SMITH BIENNIAL AWARD
Amber Boardman has been selected as a finalist in the Grace Cossington Smith Biennial Art Award.
On her shortlisted work, Boardman explains, 'a crowd of spectators in a stadium smooshes together in their attempt to catch greatness—a home run ball hit out of the park by an unseen athlete. As everyday life is increasingly mediated by the internet, reverence for physicality, for touch, for the energy of an exuberant crowd feels important.'
Image: Amber Boardman, Greatness souvenir, 2020
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