AMANDA HALL (Born 1956)

Amanda Hall

Amanda Hall (born 1956)


Amanda Hall is an award-winning contemporary illustrator, particularly renowned for her wonderfully decorative and colourful children’s book read more...

Amanda Hall
Amanda Hall (born 1956)

Amanda Hall is an award-winning contemporary illustrator, particularly renowned for her wonderfully decorative and colourful children’s book illustrations, as well as her work for educational publications both in Britain and America.

Amanda Hall was born in Linton, Cambridgeshire, on 4 October 1956. Her father, a painter, taught Art and Design at the Cambridge School of Art (now the Anglia Ruskin University) and her mother was a published author, who also worked as a medical secretary at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. Amanda was educated locally in Cambridge and went on to study graphic art and illustration at the Cambridge School of Art, where her father had taught.

Since embarking on her career as an illustrator, Amanda has become internationally known and celebrated for her unique style. She was awarded the Silver US Parents’ Choice Award in 1997 for her illustrations for Madhur Jaffrey’s children’s picture book
Robi Dobi: The Marvellous Adventures of an Indian Elephant and, more recently, was shortlisted for the Christian Booksellers’ Convention Children’s Book of the Year Award 2008 for her work with author Mary Joslin on the Day by Day Bible. She has illustrated publications for Barefoot Books, Frances Lincoln, Templar Publishing, Pavilion Books and Dorling Kindersley, as well as producing work for Radio Times and National Geographic.

By using a combination of coloured pencil and watercolour ink, Amanda has developed a technique which allows her to produce illustrations that are brimming with colour and decorations, and she is now further extending her skills as an illustrator by adding other media. Her work is characteristically vivacious, bright and full of movement, overflowing with designs that take on an almost three- dimensional quality. She cites the myths, legends and fairy tales of cultures from all over the world as her inspiration for the fantastical and magical creatures that she produces. Indeed, the powerful artistic and historical inheritance of India, North and South America and Europe, is evident in much of her work, which often has an inherently indigenous quality.

Amanda lives and works in Cambridge, creating her illustrations in a timber shed at the bottom of her garden that she has named ‘The Shadowhouse’. When she is not working as an illustrator, she enjoys transforming gardens and rooms into fantasy spaces, and also performs as a singer.

Her many recent successes include:
Aesop's Fables, Oxford: Lion Children's Books, 2011
Michelle Marke,
The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau, Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2012
Gloria Whelan,
Andal's House, Ann Arbor MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 2013
Shoshana Gelfand Boyd,
The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales, Oxford: Barefoot Books, 2013
Anna Egan Smucker,
Brother Giovanni's Little Reward: How the Pretzel Was Born, Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2015
Dawn Casey,
Babushka, Oxford: Lion Children's Books, 2015

HeavenBirdsCookingReligion
Myths & LegendsChildren's LiteratureDecorativeIllustrations
HE WAS TALL AND THIN AND HIS CLOTHES WERE OLD AND RAGGED. HE LOOKED AS IF HE HAD TRAVELLED A LONG WAY by AMANDA HALL

HE WAS TALL AND THIN AND HIS CLOTHES WERE OLD AND RAGGED. HE LOOKED AS IF HE HAD TRAVELLED A LONG WAY

ONCE THERE WAS A PRINCE WHO THOUGHT HE WAS A ROOSTER. HE SPENT HIS DAYS SITTING NAKED UNDER A TABLE IN HIS ROOM, REFUSING TO EAT ANYTHING EXCEPT BIRDSEED by AMANDA HALL

ONCE THERE WAS A PRINCE WHO THOUGHT HE WAS A ROOSTER. HE SPENT HIS DAYS SITTING NAKED UNDER A TABLE IN HIS ROOM, REFUSING TO EAT ANYTHING EXCEPT BIRDSEED

THE RABBI CAME OVER TO NATAN by AMANDA HALL

THE RABBI CAME OVER TO NATAN

COCK'S COMB by AMANDA HALL

COCK'S COMB

HE WENT ON EATING CALMLY, A PIECE OF TOAST IN ONE HAND, A FORKFUL OF EGGS IN THE OTHER by AMANDA HALL

HE WENT ON EATING CALMLY, A PIECE OF TOAST IN ONE HAND, A FORKFUL OF EGGS IN THE OTHER

ELY AND ARIELLA by AMANDA HALL

ELY AND ARIELLA

TWO BIRDS by AMANDA HALL

TWO BIRDS

AND WHILE THE SHEEP WERE EATING THEIR FILL, NATAN WOULD STARE UP AT THE BIRDS AND THE TREES, IMAGINING THEY WERE FORMING DIFFERENT HEBREW LETTERS by AMANDA HALL

AND WHILE THE SHEEP WERE EATING THEIR FILL, NATAN WOULD STARE UP AT THE BIRDS AND THE TREES, IMAGINING THEY WERE FORMING DIFFERENT HEBREW LETTERS

FROM THE MOMENT HE SAW THE HEBREW ALPHABET, HE FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. WHEREVER HE LOOKED, HE SAW HEBREW LETTERS by AMANDA HALL

FROM THE MOMENT HE SAW THE HEBREW ALPHABET, HE FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. WHEREVER HE LOOKED, HE SAW HEBREW LETTERS

THE POWER OF STORY by AMANDA HALL

THE POWER OF STORY

THE CHARACTERS OF JEWISH TALES II by AMANDA HALL

THE CHARACTERS OF JEWISH TALES II

THE CHARACTERS OF JEWISH TALES I by AMANDA HALL

THE CHARACTERS OF JEWISH TALES I

SCISSORS by AMANDA HALL

SCISSORS

BIRD WITH A WORM by AMANDA HALL

BIRD WITH A WORM

THE DIAMOND WAS PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. EACH MORNING, THE KING WOULD TAKE IT OUT OF ITS VELVET BOX AND HOLD IT UP TO THE LIGHT TO WATCH IT SPARKLE by AMANDA HALL

THE DIAMOND WAS PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. EACH MORNING, THE KING WOULD TAKE IT OUT OF ITS VELVET BOX AND HOLD IT UP TO THE LIGHT TO WATCH IT SPARKLE

IT IS THE PERFECT STEM OF A PERFECT ROSE by AMANDA HALL

IT IS THE PERFECT STEM OF A PERFECT ROSE

AS HE STARED AT THE DIAMOND, HE SUDDENLY SAW THAT THE CRACK HAD TURNED INTO THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ROSE HE HAD EVER SEEN, BLOOMING FROM INSIDE OF THE STONE by AMANDA HALL

AS HE STARED AT THE DIAMOND, HE SUDDENLY SAW THAT THE CRACK HAD TURNED INTO THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ROSE HE HAD EVER SEEN, BLOOMING FROM INSIDE OF THE STONE

AND NOW THAT RABBI JOSHUA HAD STARTED TO QUESTION AND COMPLAIN, HE FOUND HE COULD NOT STOP by AMANDA HALL

AND NOW THAT RABBI JOSHUA HAD STARTED TO QUESTION AND COMPLAIN, HE FOUND HE COULD NOT STOP

BUT NO ONE WAS PAYING ATTENTION TO NATAN SITTING QUIETLY AT THE BACK, CUTTING OUT LETTERS ALL DAY LONG by AMANDA HALL

BUT NO ONE WAS PAYING ATTENTION TO NATAN SITTING QUIETLY AT THE BACK, CUTTING OUT LETTERS ALL DAY LONG

INSTEAD OF LETTING HIM DIE, GOD SENT A CHARIOT OF FIRE TO TAKE HIM UP TO HEAVEN, WHERE HE LIVES TO THIS DAY by AMANDA HALL

INSTEAD OF LETTING HIM DIE, GOD SENT A CHARIOT OF FIRE TO TAKE HIM UP TO HEAVEN, WHERE HE LIVES TO THIS DAY

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