A m a n d a H y a t t
I try to perpetuate the traditional impressionist realism of the early Australian Heidelberg School of art while adding my own Zen energy and spontaneity in the all-important quest for capturing the light. I believe in seeing the big picture first when choosing a subject, simplifying the subject matter, balancing the initial draw-up, choosing subtle colours, using light, middle and dark tones consistently throughout the painting, setting a mood of light and magic then pulling it all together at the end. Mastery of this wonderful medium is life consuming and my paintings hopefully catch the eye and draw the viewer in to explore further the simplicity of each brush stroke to give maximum impact.
Amanda Hyatt grew up in artistic environment of Eltham, site of the historic artists’ colony Montsalvat, and learned about the Heidelberg School of artists at her secondary school in Ivanhoe, which had a profound influence on her. After completing a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and a Dip.Ed., she decided to pursue a professional career in art rather than the sciences.
Hyatt has had 35 solo exhibitions in Australia and overseas, including New York and China.
Among her awards are the Camberwell Rotary Art Show Gold Medal, judged by Sir William Dargie (1992), the Alice Bale, Kenneth Jack and Gordon Moffat Awards and the Victorian Artists Society Norman Kaye Artist of the Year Award.
Her portrait commissions include Professor Peter Doherty (Nobel Laureate for Science and Medicine), Sir Malcolm McIntosh (Chief Executive CSIRO, 1996-2000) and Professor.Robin Batterham (Chief Scientist of Australia, 1999-2005).
Hyatt has produced numerous didactic DVDs, including those by the English company APV Films, a best-selling book Watercolour: Tonal Impressionism and has written over 50 articles for leading art magazines such as The Artist (UK), Flashart (USA), International Artist, Australian Artist, L’Art de l’Aquarelle and Pratique des Arts (France).
Her work is represented in public, corporate and private collections in Australia, Europe, the UK, China and the USA.
Elected a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute in 2010, she is also member of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society (1992), the Victorian Artists Society and the Watercolour Society of Australia.