Selected works by Amanda Doran

Amanda Doran
The Semen

2011-2012

Oil on canvas

183 x 183 cm
Amanda Doran’s paintings seem especially concerned with taste – specifically, bad taste, and the limits of the conventionally acceptable in the painted subject. Taking as her subject images of the physically grotesque, Doran loads on the paint with appropriate abandon, wet in wet: her works are thick with gooey slathers of dirty brown and sick pink.
Amanda Doran
Tattooed Lady

2011

Oil on canvas

100 x 100 cm
The too-muchness of her painting is part of its vision of unselfconscious abundance: excess is the point. In Tattooed Lady the subject’s bulk transforms the space around her: space is flattened, and the complex arabesques of the decorated thighs seem to continue in the carpet and the curtains.
Amanda Doran
Portrait of Fester

2011

Spray paint & oil on board

38 x 57 cm
The Semen – its lame pun of a title of a piece with the bawdy seaside subject matter – depicts a sailor sitting on a bench on the beach. His body seems like two torsos stitched together: it’s an excuse for more tattoo space, as images of skulls, anchors and stars spill out over his wobbly frame. Disintegrating into the scene, Doran’s characters make art of themselves and the world they inhabit. Everything ends up turning into flesh.
Amanda Doran
Spotty Arse

2011

Spray paint and acrylic on board

20 x 20 cm
Text by Ben Street

Articles

Amanda Doran
Artists Statement

I observe and interoperate my personal interests and understandings of particular subcultures, how we choose to identify and portray ourselves as individuals. At the moment my focus is on looking at: punk and black metal music culture, freak/side show performances, tattoo, piercing and body modification, general body alteration and many famous icon’s that stem from these subcultures. I am an avid fan and follower of the tattoo culture in particular. To me, this is something that is greatly underestimated, and I like investigating the people, the processes, the inspirations, the why’s, how’s and where’s that are all included in this fascinating culture.

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saatchi-gallery.co.uk

State of the Art
Amanda Doran

What does she do? “Neo-punk” paintings. Part Picasso, part-Tim Burton, part popculture. “My style is bold, brash, expressive, gestural, colourful,” she says. “At times it can be sickly, overwhelming, hypnotic but also sensitive and relational.”(Pictured below: ‘Rick aka Zombie Boy’.)
Early inspirations? “My uncle is the abstract painter Paul Doran. When I was little I would sit for hours and watch him paint. I had no idea why he was painting like this but I sat and learned because it fascinated me; it was so special because it could be whatever I wanted it to be, and the painting would change every time I looked at it.”
Career highlights? Shortlisted for Saatchi New Sensations 2012, Amanda’s work has been purchased by AXA Insurance and a range of private buyers.

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amusemagazine.co.uk

Sensations
2012, Irish Arts Review

AMANDA DORAN (NCAD) is one of those graduates from the Irish Art Colleges this year to be singled out for special mention by Gerry Walker – see the front cover and the article on page 78 of this edition. She was also shortlisted to the final 20 out of 800 entries, along with Eoghan Ryan and Eimear Friers, for the Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4’s New Sensations Prize. This prize is open to all art students who are graduating from a BA or MA course at an art school or a fine art/photography department of a UK or Republic of Ireland university or college in 2012. Work by all twenty of the short-listed will be shown in London in October. Only four graduates are finally chosen for the cash prizes.

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irishartsreview.com