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Amanda Furr

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I have been painting for over 15 years and all of my current artwork can be viewed at http://www.AmandaFurr.com Amanda Furr - Biography Amanda Furr was born and raised in San Antonio and has deep family roots to south Texas. While coming from a long line of men and women who spent their whole lives in small towns, she has always been a big city girl. Her father, John Furr, moved to San Antonio in 1972, two years before Amanda was born, to take a job as a radio engineer. He later went on to form John Furr and Associates. In 1994 John Furr and Associates became Paradigm Associates and Amanda took the reins of the family empire as Vice President, AM & Detuning Project Management. But it was not her father's passion for multimedia that inspired Amanda to become an artist (though it may be credited in part to the Furr creative gene); instead, her journey into the world of art began long before she was born. It was in the 1960s, on a Sunday morning, a woman by the name of Ruth Childre was trying to find a church she wanted to visit, and on the way she became lost. She ended up at Sunset Ridge Church of Christ. While it was not the church she intended to visit, she fell in love with it nonetheless. Shortly after placing membership she began teaching one of the children's classes. It was this church that John and Paula Furr raised their daughter Amanda. As Amanda entered the children's program there at Sunset, Ruth took Amanda under her wing for the first time. In 1994, Amanda returned to San Antonio after living in Corpus Christi where her son Benjamin was born. As a single mother and taking on her new responsibilities at Paradigm, she was faced with the challenge of what to do with her life outside of office and home. It was on her father's recommendation that she reconnected with Ruth and took an interest in art. Ruth is (and has been for many years) an accomplished artist, specializing in landscape oil paintings of the Texas countryside. She has three degrees in art, is a member of three different prestigious art societies (two in Texas and one in New York), and has work on display in over a dozen exhibits throughout Texas. Because of her skill and reputation, as well as her closeness to Amanda, Ruth was able to mentor her and help Amanda became a fine and talented artist in her own right. Amanda has continued to paint for over a decade. She specializes in still life with an emphasis on antiques from the 1950s. In addition to her work as a painter, Amanda has also taken an interest in interior design. In 2009 and 2010 she studied in Saint Mary's University interior design program. In the last several years she has joined seven different art societies, including the River Art Group and the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts. Graduate of St Mary's University Interior Design Program Exhibits • Curves from the 1950s - Firehouse Art Gallery, 120 East Garfield, Del Rio, TX 78840 - 9/1/2011 • Retro Radios and Microphones - Texas Radio Hall of Fame Induction Celebration - 11/1/2011 • Incredible Chrome - Titos in King William District - 12/1/2011 • Voices From Our Past - Firehouse Art Gallery, 120 East Garfield, Del Rio, TX 78840 - 1/6/2012 • Abstract and Automotive - Pam's Patio 11826 Wurzbach - 1/7/2012 • Nostalgic Reflections - Taco Paraiso Gallery, Bitters & 1604, San Antonio, TX 78248 - 2/3/2012 • Appeared in ARTnews Magazine Artist Directory - March Edition - 2/25/2012 • BorerlineA.com Two Day Gallery Exhibtion - 1100 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78215 - 3/3/2012 • Silent Auction Benefit Dance for Anthony Blaylock - The Silver Center, 510 E. Court St. Seguin, TX 78155 - 3/3/2012 • Classic Curves from 40s and 50 - Local Coffee Gallery - 3/4/2012 • Contemporary Art in Focus Modern Masters - Included in Modern Masters Art Book 2012 - 3/20/2012 • Artexpo New York 2012 Official Show Guide - Pier 92, 711 12th Ave, New York, NY 10019-5399 - 3/22/2012 • Retro Reflections of My Mind - J's Art and Soul in Cross Plains, TX - 4/6/2012 • San Antonio Art League Museum 82nd Juried Artist Exhibition - SAALM 130 King William Street, San Antonio, Texas 78204 - 4/15/2012 • Classic Chrome Has Come Again - Rain Bird Gallery, 103 Main St, Blanco, TX, 78606, ph 830-833-5900 - 5/6/2012 • Artastic! 2012 Fine Arts Festival - Temple-Beth-El 211 Belknap Place, San Antonio, TX 78212 - 5/6/2012 • Telephones and Microphones of the Past - Gallery Ink, 1632 Pat Booker Road, Universal City, TX 78148 - 5/31/2012 • Our Stories - Firehouse Art Gallery, 120 East Garfield, Del Rio, TX 78840 - 6/1/2012 • Contemplating Chrome - TAB Broadcast Engineers Show at Renaissance Austin Hotel - 8/8/2012 • BorderlineA.com Showcase At The Mix - The Mix, 2423 N St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX, 78212 - 8/25/2012 • ARTS ROUND-UP A Festival of Fine Art - 21103 Hwy 71 West, Spicewood, TX 78669 - 10/20/2012 • Retro Revelations - The Bijou located at Loop 410 & Fredericksburg - 11/1/2012 • Reflections of My Reality - SCHACKNOW MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, 7080 Northwest 4th Street, Plantation, Florida 33317 - 12/1/2012 • Finding the Chrome and Abstract - Twin Sisters - 1/1/2013 Memberships •River Art Group - 2/3/2011 •McNay Art Museum - 2/10/2011 •San Antonio Art Museum - 3/3/2011 •San Antonio Art League - 3/17/2011 •ASID American Society of Interior Designers Associate - 4/6/2011 •Coppini Academy of Fine Arts - 4/28/2011 •Blue Star Contemporary Art Center - 5/4/2011 •International Interior Design Association - 5/18/2011 •Art in Canada Nostalgia Artists - 7/12/2011 •North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce - 8/23/2011 •Texas Fine Art Gallery Guide - 10/4/2011 •CAN - Contemporary Art Network, NY, NY - 12/13/2011 •Contemporary Fine Art International - 1/4/2012 •American Women Artists - 1/18/2012 •American Impressionist Society - 2/6/2012 •Artist's of Texas - 2/6/2012 •Oil Painters of America - 2/14/2012 •Acadiana Center for the Arts - 3/11/2012 Awards • San Antonio Housing Authority - Recognized for redesigning existing low income housing with Saint Mary Univ. Interior Design Partnership Program. - 2/10/2010 • Coppini Academy of Fine Arts - Included in Juried Members Exhibition - 10/1/2011 • BorderlineA.com - Artist of the Week - 12/1/2011 • UpstreamPeopleGallery.com - Included in 14th Annual All Media Juried Online International Art Exhibition - 1/1/2012 • AddictionAndArt.Org - Included in AddictionAndArt.Org 2012 Juried Online National Art Exhibition - 1/1/2012 • ArtistsWanted.org - Included in Year in Review 2012 Juried Online National Art Competition - 1/1/2012 • HelloAustin.com - Featured Artist - 1/1/2012 • McNay Art Museum San Antonio Texas First Museum of Modern Art - One of the winners of the 'Picture Yourself Famous' Andy Warhol Digital Photo Contest - 2/7/2012 • RenegadeFemme.com - Included in Annual Juried Online National Women's Art Exhibition - 3/1/2012 • Three Rivers Arts Festival - Included in 2012 Juried Visual Art Exhibition - 3/16/2012 • San Antonio Art League Museum - Included in 82nd Juried Artist Exhibition - 4/15/2012 ***Art Reviews of Amanda Furr Oil Paintings*** Megan Klarenbach DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA We love how your paintings evoke another time with their pop colors and retro subjects. 5/23/2012 Jennifer McDermott ARTnews Magazine Account Executive Your works are quite nostalgic and beautifully rendered. I love the detail in the decals! 5/7/2012 Ruthie Tucker Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York, NY We so enjoyed how you pay homage to the 1950's Classic Cars with such a syncopated beat. Our Committee salutes you on your joie de vivre and marvelous positive energy of your stellar compositions. 4/14/2012 Karyn Walker Schertz Area Arts Council Your work is amazing, the fun use of color would make anyone smile. 4/13/2012 Timothy Tew TEW Galleries, Atlanta's Leading Contemporary Fine Art Gallery I enjoyed looking at your art. 4/10/2012 Catherine Bigelow Chalk & Vermilion Fine Arts, LLC Your work is artistically impressive. 4/9/2012 Greg Fulton Astoria Fine Art, On the Town Square, Jackson Hole, Wyoming I found your work to be quite appealing and unique to anything else. I should also comment that I like your titles. Not all artists put much time into them. 4/7/2012 Pam Massar Dutch Art Gallery, Dallas Texas Your work is very nice. 4/5/2012 Ornella Martin Juried Art Publication "International Contemporary Masters Volume VI" Nice presentation! 4/3/2012 Michiels Cédric Professional Artist at CedricMichiels.com I love the colors, and you have a very strong color schemes in opposition. 4/2/2012 Katherine Brimberry Flatbed Press Austin Texas Nice Work! 3/30/2012 Gail Leess Nan Miller Gallery Your work is fun! 3/18/2012 Susan Colegrove Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Enjoy seeing new work! 3/6/2012 Melissa Parkerson Gallery Manager dnj Gallery -Your work very interesting and quite beautiful. 2/22/2012 Meghan Knechtel Imago Galleries -Quite Unique 2/4/2012 Susan Carlin Nueva Street Gallery -Liked your subject matter and design sense. 2/2/2012 Laura Russell 23 Sandy Gallery -Work is very Interesting 2/1/2012 Liz Fulton Thompson Landry Gallery -Talented Artist 1/21/2012 Jane Butler Butler Fine Art I enjoyed seeing your art...it made me smile (I'm probably your father's age so you understand). Thanks for showing it to me. 1/19/2012 Pierre Ravelle-Chapuis Van De Weghe Fine Art Had a great time looking at your work. Your headlights are quite interesting. 1/18/2012 David Parker Art Advisory Inc. -Work is Interesting! 1/12/2012 Mary Margaret Haven Gallery -Artwork is Lovely. 1/11/2012 Chrisina Kwan Bill Lowe Gallery Your work is indeed intriguing, images are compelling 1/4/2012 Judy Saslow Judy A Saslow Gallery -We find your pieces quite well done and beautiful. 1/3/2012 Peter Lundberg Janus Galleries -Like Your Work. Cool Images! 1/3/2012 Ethan Karp OK Harris Works of Art -Paintings are vivid and appealing. 1/1/2012 -------------Interviews:---------- Requested by BorderlineA.com for SA Scene Magazine Q: How Long you’ve Been Doing your Art? A: Always. Once I entered school, I would take every art class I could. By age 22 I started painting with a local artist, Ruth Childre, she was 75 at the time. At 90 now, she is still my best friend and inspiration. Q:Type Of Art A: What I have attempted is a re-creation of our roots, using a realist style with a mostly Italian futuristic color palette and particular detail to stylistic geometrical design. My work seeks to invoke the emotions that become stirred when those old 1950’s songs are heard. Q:Preferred Medium A:Winsor & Newton oils on wraparound canvas are always my first choice. It is not unusual for me to have 10 paintings in progress at once due to the time it takes for them to dry. Q: How you Got your Start A: As long as I can remember I would create. I started with markers and dot matrix printer paper. My dad, raised to be a preacher, became an engineer instead and weekly cranked out a mountain of paper for me to scribble on. On Sundays he would take me to the McNay. His interest in the beauty there inspired me to follow in those footsteps. My dad would frame my best works and by age 5, I was hooked. Q: Most Common Venue A: I show regularly at the Firehouse Art Gallery in Del Rio, Texas and River Art Gallery in La Villita but I move around to several other local venues. The internet age provides me just the tool I need to share my event places and times with the art seeking community. Q: Unusual/Interesting Pre- Creation Ritual A: Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon movies bring a jovial mood to my days. I like to watch on one of their many movies I have seen over and over, I know them by heart, so I can listen and paint without needing to watch. Sometimes I prefer stand up comedy, the audio component is really important to keep me in stitches while I work. The real challenge becomes trying to keep a steady hand while shaking with laughter. Q: Artistic Influences A: There are so many great artists. I find myself drawn to bold colors and unusual subject matter. The short list would look like this... Fernand Léger, Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Claude Oscar Monet, Maurits Cornelis Escher, Roy Lichtenstein and of course Salvador Dalí. Q: Favorite All-Time Artist/Piece of Art A: I'm tempted to say Picasso's The Dream, but we have so many amazing artists here in San Antonio as well. I feel I should also mention the Abstracts and Sunsets by Henry Cardenas, Chicano by César Martínez, and Multi-Media by David Guerrero. Q: Best or Worst Thing to Happen to Art Industry A: There is much going on in the Art Industry that you are free to create expressions thru the eyes of your personal world or the world at large. Q: Favorite Art Gallery/Art Show A: The comforts of home and the nostalgia connected to it, lead me to say the McNay. I once took a sculpture class there. It will always hold a special place in my heart and I dream of having my own work exhibited there one day. I was inspired by César Martínez’s Vatos show there many years ago with his famous piece “Hombre que le Gustan las Mujeres” (The Man Who Loves Women). This piece expresses the constant pull from the major pulls in ones conflicting life

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