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

HeavenHellWild AnimalsReligion
Myths & LegendsChildren's LiteratureArt & ArtistsDecorative
Illustrations   
SOON THE TRAVELLERS ARRIVED AT THE HOME OF AN OLD WOMAN WHO LIVED IN A TINY ONE-ROOM HUT by AMANDA HALL

SOON THE TRAVELLERS ARRIVED AT THE HOME OF AN OLD WOMAN WHO LIVED IN A TINY ONE-ROOM HUT

WITH THAT, ELIJAH VANISHED BACK UP TO HEAVEN by AMANDA HALL

WITH THAT, ELIJAH VANISHED BACK UP TO HEAVEN

WHEN THE KING AWOKE THE NEXT MORNING, HE LOOKED UP AND SAW THE TREES OF THE FOREST ABOVE HIM AND HIS WIFE SITTING NEXT TO HIM. by AMANDA HALL

WHEN THE KING AWOKE THE NEXT MORNING, HE LOOKED UP AND SAW THE TREES OF THE FOREST ABOVE HIM AND HIS WIFE SITTING NEXT TO HIM.

BUT AS THE KING REACHED OUT TO TAKE THE GIFT FROM RACHEL, SHE OPENED HER HANDS AND A DOVE SLIPPED OUT FROM BETWEEN THEM AND FLEW INTO THE BRANCHES OF A NEARBY TREE by AMANDA HALL

BUT AS THE KING REACHED OUT TO TAKE THE GIFT FROM RACHEL, SHE OPENED HER HANDS AND A DOVE SLIPPED OUT FROM BETWEEN THEM AND FLEW INTO THE BRANCHES OF A NEARBY TREE

THIS NEW BABY WOULD GROW UP TO BE KIND-HEARTED AND GENEROUS, JUST LIKE ARIELLA by AMANDA HALL

THIS NEW BABY WOULD GROW UP TO BE KIND-HEARTED AND GENEROUS, JUST LIKE ARIELLA

THEY WERE FEEDING EACH OTHER   AND THEY WERE HAVING FUN by AMANDA HALL

THEY WERE FEEDING EACH OTHER AND THEY WERE HAVING FUN

SO ARIELLA LOOKED AT THE TABLE AGAIN AND AT LAST SHE SAW WHY THE PEOPLE LOOKED SO THIN AND MISERABLE by AMANDA HALL

SO ARIELLA LOOKED AT THE TABLE AGAIN AND AT LAST SHE SAW WHY THE PEOPLE LOOKED SO THIN AND MISERABLE

WHEN THEY HEARD ABOUT THE REWARD, PEOPLE CAME FROM FAR AND WIDE TO TRY AND MEND THE CRACK IN THE DIAMOND by AMANDA HALL

WHEN THEY HEARD ABOUT THE REWARD, PEOPLE CAME FROM FAR AND WIDE TO TRY AND MEND THE CRACK IN THE DIAMOND

BEFORE HER WAS A MAGNIFICENT PALACE, WITH ORNATE CEILINGS AND FINE GILDED FURNITURE by AMANDA HALL

BEFORE HER WAS A MAGNIFICENT PALACE, WITH ORNATE CEILINGS AND FINE GILDED FURNITURE

THEY GAZED HUNGRILY AT THE FOOD, BUT NO ONE TOUCHED A THING by AMANDA HALL

THEY GAZED HUNGRILY AT THE FOOD, BUT NO ONE TOUCHED A THING

HEAVEN AND HELL by AMANDA HALL

HEAVEN AND HELL

CHILDREN WOULD COME TO HER AND SIT AT HER FEET AS THEY LISTENED, SPELLBOUND, TO THE TALES SHE TOLD by AMANDA HALL

CHILDREN WOULD COME TO HER AND SIT AT HER FEET AS THEY LISTENED, SPELLBOUND, TO THE TALES SHE TOLD

BUT FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES, ELIANA BAKED CHALLAH FOR SAMUEL AND SAMUEL GAVE THANKS TO HER AND TO GOD by AMANDA HALL

BUT FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES, ELIANA BAKED CHALLAH FOR SAMUEL AND SAMUEL GAVE THANKS TO HER AND TO GOD

ANGEL by AMANDA HALL

ANGEL

CHALLAH IN THE ARK by AMANDA HALL

CHALLAH IN THE ARK

SAMUEL AND ELIANA AND THE CHALLAH by AMANDA HALL

SAMUEL AND ELIANA AND THE CHALLAH

FEATHERS by AMANDA HALL

FEATHERS

BUT WHENEVER A MEAL ARRIVED, THEY CRAWLED OUT FROM UNDER THE TABLE AND SHARED WHATEVER FOOD HAD ARRIVED ON THE TRAY OUTSIDE THE DOOR. by AMANDA HALL

BUT WHENEVER A MEAL ARRIVED, THEY CRAWLED OUT FROM UNDER THE TABLE AND SHARED WHATEVER FOOD HAD ARRIVED ON THE TRAY OUTSIDE THE DOOR.

WHEN HE SAW HIS MOTHER, THE PRINCE CAME ACROSS THE ROOM, OPENED THE DOOR WIDE, WALKED OVER TO HIS PARENTS AND HUGGED THEM by AMANDA HALL

WHEN HE SAW HIS MOTHER, THE PRINCE CAME ACROSS THE ROOM, OPENED THE DOOR WIDE, WALKED OVER TO HIS PARENTS AND HUGGED THEM

FOR WEEKS HE FILLS IN HIS JUNGLE, TENDERLY SHAPING EVERY FERN, EVERY FROND, EVERY BLADE AND LEAF by AMANDA HALL

FOR WEEKS HE FILLS IN HIS JUNGLE, TENDERLY SHAPING EVERY FERN, EVERY FROND, EVERY BLADE AND LEAF

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