I am Amanda, a New Zealand based artist selling Internationally.
Born in Malaysia though my art career started while I was a young stay at home mom living in Indonesia. It was in 2004 while in New Zealand, that my painting using Acrylic on canvas and other items truly started. Out of all the careers I have worked at, Circus Ticket Seller at age 17, Hairstylist, Nescafe Promo girl, Business presenter, Product demonstrator, Language teacher, Sales Consultant.. I found my passion and element as a Creator. 🙂
Creating fun things and making a positive change in someone’s life is what I am about. Hopefully when you look at my art, especially if you own it and it is living in your face…I mean your home; that you will feel lifted up by the colours and subject matter I chose for you.
I Love style and I think some of my art works will look absolutely smashing on scarves, cushion cover, t shirts, dresses, bags and accessories… BUT, I am anti sweat shop, so until I find the right ethical manufacturers, I won’t be able to restart my line of wearable art. If you know the right persons, please tell me? It’s good if the people working hard on my merchandise actually get paid a fair price and be able to care for their families and educate their kids. Investors with my kind of thinking are most welcome to work with me.
Let’s make a powerful impact on some people’s lives, shall we? During my travels to South East Asia, India etc, I noticed that Colours played a huge part in the people’s existence. It made me realized that this was what helped bring cheer into their lives no matter how hard their circumstances were. I also noticed during their grand events, colours were used meaningfully to symbolize various things to them.
Gallery curators have tried to put me in a box and I have refused to conform. What is the point of trying to be like the majority, when the most Creative One, God, has wonderfully Crafted me to be how I am? So away with the dull, In with the joyful happy colours!
Yours, with fun, passion and purpose in life,
Ps I do love and create monochrome art too when I feel like it.
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She stated with whatever she could find and created cartoon characters with positive words using colour pencils. Then she went on to crayons on cutting boards and started a little gift shop in her home. Soon she had a clientele made up of her singer producer friends whom her singer husband worked with.
Feeling bold, She took the bus to meet with the owners of a huge gift store in Jakarta and pitched her ideas to them. They were sold and bought 7 of her 8 drawings. Soon Amanda’s art were on kids t shirts, posters, stationary etc.
Amanda had a wonderful career in Indonesia as a full time artist.
In 1998 due to the economical and troubled time in the land, her family and her moved to New Zealand in 1999.
In 2003, Amanda tried painting on canvas and taught herself. By 2004, as she got busy at work, she almost gave up on her art till her friend Rex Ellacott saw her art and threatened not to speak to her until she painted again.
She took a year online learning with the Learning Connexion but is mainly self taught. She was a prolific painter during 2004 – 2007 and managed to sell her art despite the cold reception from Auckland galleries. She had 4 solo exhibitions and exhibited extensively in New Zealand, London and Los Angeles.
By 2014 despite being in full time work, she has exhibited in four continents and through the virtual world of Second Life As AmandaT Tamatzui. Being a woman with tenacity, not willing to give up no matter what, Amanda is thankful to her supportive husband and family and is now a Course teacher, Missionary and an Entrepreneur.