The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center presents the art of London Amara in May. The show opens on Friday, May 3 during Art Walk and continues through May 31.
London Amara is an American born visual artist recognized for her large-scale industrial, gestural and metaphoric sculpture, paintings and drawings. Educated in Fine Arts at Columbus College of Art and Design, she uses a varied practice of installation, sculpture, painting and drawing to explore the complex relationship between art, life, death and resurrection of enlightened hope and grace.
Ms. Amara is an intensely driven artist, constantly experimenting with different mediums. She consistently intuits the use of handmade charcoals, graphite, water based paint, oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, enamels, oxidized metals, assemblage materials, and welded steel sculptures to visually excavate and capture brief moments of strength and fragility.
“The use of such a wide variety of mediums in unconventional ways allows for multiple dynamics and layers of expression,” Ms. Amara explains. “This is why abstract art can communicate and cross the boundaries of language. In creating art, the true subconscious surfacing to be expressed connects with a vast array of people. Art that is created in raw honesty touches the deepest and most sacred places we as humans encompass.”
In Amara’s view, large scale, bold art with immediacy cuts right to the heart of the matter, and allows connection and ultimately healing. “CHAOS is a series of work created over the last year. Its inspiration surfaced from life-altering events personally experienced,” she expounds. “The willingness to create from those events is the heart of the power behind the intensity of the work.”
London has won numerous awards for her abstract oils, watercolors, and charcoal drawings. After moving to Naples, Florida in 1999, she began her career as an artist and taught courses based on her innovative use of textiles, polymer resins, metals and oxidations. Additionally, she served as Curator for Padulo Art in Naples, Florida, where she flew to 52 cities in one year, researching over 100 galleries. The culmination of that research formulated the curatorial practices that would last the next three years and generate record breaking sales.
Ms. Amara has shown in group and solo shows throughout Southwest Florida and Ohio. Her work has been featured in St.Pete Fashion Week, Chillounge, Cars and Couture, Tampa Bay Times, and the world renowned Dupont Registry Magazine. Her permanent works can be found in national collections including Fine Mark Bank, Allstate Insurance, Lew Griffin Insurance, MSABC, Tampa Bay Times Forum, Villa Nova and Rising Sky Studios.
Educated at The Columbus College of Art and Design in Fine Art, Ms. Amara was exposed to some of the leading contemporary artists today. The Wexner Center For The Arts houses some of the most important and influential artist’s works, exhibitions and retrospectives. This proved to be the launching pad Amara used to develop her natural talent into her own theories and techniques and become the modern artist she is today.
London Amara lives primarily in the Tampa Bay area, and works from two studios, Studio North located in Columbus, Ohio nestled in hundreds of acres of pristine woods, and Studio South in Clearwater, Florida.
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street in the heart of the downtown Fort Myers River District. For more information, please telephone 239-333-1933 or visit www.sbdac.com.