18 Mar Artist Focus: Amanda Mulquiney Birbeck
Amanda Mulquiney-Birbeck is a British figurative painter, based in Altrincham, Greater Manchester. Born in Berkshire, in 1987, she went onto graduate from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design London in 2009 with a first class honours degree. Since graduating, her work has been shown in galleries, event spaces, and published in industry-leading magazines. Mulquiney-Birbeck has exhibited extensively throughout the UK and has sold her work to both art-lovers and private collectors in the UK and internationally.
Describing her work and process Amanda says “”Fashion, interior design, vintage Americana and film – all weave their way into and inspire my work. I’m forever in awe and influenced by a range of artists including Gustav Klimt, Peter Doig, and Martine Johanna amongst many more contemporary painters. I approach my work using source imagery from the internet and fashion magazines exploring the translation of images into paint. Seeking an otherworldly middle ground between realism, illustration and painterly abstraction. My work often features young, glamorous “women with attitude”, set in shallow spaces and offset by a feeling of melancholy. Contrasting candy colours with gold leaf, and incorporating refined blended painting techniques with looser, gestural brush marks”.