Amanda Johnson’s exuberant and elegant paintings have garnered acclaim and respect at an impressive rate. The variety and breadth of her work has contributed to her solidity in a number of communities. In the Delray Beach, Florida art galleries you can find her custom made beach art that captures the essence of coastal living. In the Palm Beach, Florida art galleries, her contemporary and bohemian artwork charms others with themes of luxury and culture. Then there’s the cutting edge new modern artwork that Amanda has featured in galleries throughout South Florida from both independent projects and work she had done with other eclectic artists that share her passion and vision.
This recognition has inspired her continued work, where she often blurs the lines between fine art and design, creating instruments of self-expression and joy. Her hand-painted lampshades, custom textiles, and wearable art are truly imbued with the code of the human beat. "Fine art should transcend time, therefore I draw heavily on historical influences in Greek Mythology, the human condition through the ages, and self-reflection.
My work documents moments of divine intervention, mortal struggle and triumph, and the process of my own personal life. My subject matter is often women as powerful mythological figures. In my compositions, I explore these themes using simplified shapes, intricate patterns, and color so that the viewer can interpret their 'own-ness' within the work." – Amanda Johnson
Amanda Johnson’s focus is primarily on fine art through her colorful paintings. Her canvases range from her tiny “Candies” to her feature works, which inspire some of her patrons to design entire living spaces to theme. Her endeavors include, in collaboration with her husband James Knill, the Divine Pink Dream 2017 collection that was personally designed for and installed at Saks Fifth Ave at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Divine Pink Dream is a collection that fuses fashion, art and design. The collection is joyful, modern and edgy, capturing the essence of "The New Modern". More of Amanda Johnson’s latest work can also be seen in D. Porthault’s The Art of Luxury Linens which was photographed by a very dear friend of hers, Erik Kvalsvik. In three separate spreads her ceramics, pillows, and one "Candies" painting are featured. As the favored French luxury brand for linens and other fabrics, it is a great honor to be presented and captured by one of the best.
While Amanda does a lot of work with color, she also has a Black & White Collection that was featured in the Cornell Museum, Delray Beach. The series is an honest reflection of her current views on her role and other women in society. Evocative and bold, the collection examines identity and self with genuine passion. In Amanda’s own words: “Portraits are my heart and soul.”
Amanda Johnson's latest endeavor is a public art project for the new City of Boynton Beach Town Square South Parking Garage that reflects the Coastal Community of Boynton Beach, FL. This design is a 2,000 sq. ft. artwork. https://www.boynton-beach.org/art/south-parking-garage The artwork design will be constructed out of a precast reveal with six cut metal aluminum shapes. Amanda's design for this large scale installation is a representation of the unique cultural significance of the coastal living and to represent awareness of our reefs and the importance of its ecosystem. This project will be completed in the spring of 2020.
Christian Siriano of Project Runway fame has become a collector of Amanda Johnson's work - particularly her pillows and plates. Also borne of her mixing of fine art and design are fine art lamps that have been featured in The Baltimore Museum of Art. She was a 2014 award recipient of ASID, Maryland for one of her textile collections. Amanda has also been prolific in her participation in charity and society events, group exhibitions, commissions, public works, and serves as a member of the board of directors at the Wayside House, Delray Beach, Florida.
Amanda's creative aptitude flourished from early childhood. She has developed her innate talent into a refined understanding of composition with a repertoire of work ranging from modern and classical portraiture to abstract studies of light, color, and shape. Her formal education focused primarily on painting, and her love of fashion and self-expression led her to an early career in film and television production where she fulfilled her passion as a successful costume designer and makeup artist. Amanda Johnson is a native of Baltimore and attended Baltimore High School for the Arts graduating with honors and a continuing education scholarship. She earned her BFA and Fine Arts diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Boston and the Tufts School. Soon thereafter she majored in Portrait Painting, continuing her education in Museum Studies at the Harvard Extension School. Miss Johnson then traveled to Greece and studied the history of art, further broadening her formal academic foundation.
Currently Amanda and her husband, James Knill photographer and painter, have just opened their latest art gallery: The Amanda James Gallery. This art gallery is a fusion of both their visions of an artistic lifestyle. Their gallery features their own fine art creations as well as expanding their artistic visions into other aspects of design and fashion.
You can experience the powerful light and splendor of Amanda Johnson’s fine art, luxury textiles, and wearable art at:
Amanda James Gallery
400 Gulfstream Blvd.
Delray Beach, FL, 33444
or make an appointment to see her studio
Amanda Johnson Studio
337 NE 3rd Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33444