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

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THE YOUNG BRAVE CUT THE ROPE, GRASPED THE PADDLE IN HIS STRONG HANDS AND STEERED SOUTH                                                                                                                                                            by AMANDA HALL

THE YOUNG BRAVE CUT THE ROPE, GRASPED THE PADDLE IN HIS STRONG HANDS AND STEERED SOUTH

SOMETIMES, IN THE GREY MISTS OF DAWN OR FADING DUSK, FOLK WOULD SEE HIM KNEELING IN HIS BOAT UPON THE SWELL; HE SEEMED TO BE TALKING TO A SEAL WHO OFTEN SWAM NEAR THE SHORE by AMANDA HALL

SOMETIMES, IN THE GREY MISTS OF DAWN OR FADING DUSK, FOLK WOULD SEE HIM KNEELING IN HIS BOAT UPON THE SWELL; HE SEEMED TO BE TALKING TO A SEAL WHO OFTEN SWAM NEAR THE SHORE

ALL DAY LONG, SEA WIND ROAMS OVER ISLANDS AND SEAS, THROUGH FOREST AND PLAIN, DRIVING HERDS OF TIMID DEER TOWARDS THE WATERHOLES by AMANDA HALL

ALL DAY LONG, SEA WIND ROAMS OVER ISLANDS AND SEAS, THROUGH FOREST AND PLAIN, DRIVING HERDS OF TIMID DEER TOWARDS THE WATERHOLES

RIGHT AWAY, A HUGE BAMBOO DISH APPEARED, FILLED WITH ALL MANNER OF TASTY FOOD by AMANDA HALL

RIGHT AWAY, A HUGE BAMBOO DISH APPEARED, FILLED WITH ALL MANNER OF TASTY FOOD

THE HAPPY PAIR WERE MARRIED AT ONCE, WITH THE LITTLE MERMAID AS BRIDESMAID by AMANDA HALL

THE HAPPY PAIR WERE MARRIED AT ONCE, WITH THE LITTLE MERMAID AS BRIDESMAID

BY AND BY, THE ELDERS CAME TO LISTEN TO HIS WORDS by AMANDA HALL

BY AND BY, THE ELDERS CAME TO LISTEN TO HIS WORDS

THEREUPON THE SEA SPIRIT HANDED HER A PRECIOUS PEARL by AMANDA HALL

THEREUPON THE SEA SPIRIT HANDED HER A PRECIOUS PEARL

BEING JEALOUS OF HIS BROTHER'S GOOD FORTUNE, THE RICH MAN WAS KEEN TO GET HIS HANDS ON THE MAGIC MILLSTONE by AMANDA HALL

BEING JEALOUS OF HIS BROTHER'S GOOD FORTUNE, THE RICH MAN WAS KEEN TO GET HIS HANDS ON THE MAGIC MILLSTONE

WHEN SHE REACHED THE RICE STORE, HOWEVER, SHE SAW BIRD TRACKS ALL AROUND - STORKS HAD EATEN HALF THE RICE! by AMANDA HALL

WHEN SHE REACHED THE RICE STORE, HOWEVER, SHE SAW BIRD TRACKS ALL AROUND - STORKS HAD EATEN HALF THE RICE!

WA GENTLY EXAMINED THE WOUND AND TOLD THE SPIRITS WHAT HERBS TO BRING by AMANDA HALL

WA GENTLY EXAMINED THE WOUND AND TOLD THE SPIRITS WHAT HERBS TO BRING

THE BIRD LET OUT A GREAT SQUAWK AND ROSE INTO THE SKY by AMANDA HALL

THE BIRD LET OUT A GREAT SQUAWK AND ROSE INTO THE SKY

HE COULD ALREADY SEE, IN THE DISTANCE, AN ISLAND RISING FROM THE SEA LIKE THE ROOF OF A GIANT TENT by AMANDA HALL

HE COULD ALREADY SEE, IN THE DISTANCE, AN ISLAND RISING FROM THE SEA LIKE THE ROOF OF A GIANT TENT

A WHALE SKIN LAY BESIDE THE POT AND THE OLD MAN FILLED IT WITH FISH by AMANDA HALL

A WHALE SKIN LAY BESIDE THE POT AND THE OLD MAN FILLED IT WITH FISH

SINBAD ROSE SLOWLY TO HIS FEET AND, TO GAIN A BETTER VIEW OF HIS SURROUNDINGS, CLIMBED A TREE SO THAT HE COULD LOOK IN ALL DIRECTIONS by AMANDA HALL

SINBAD ROSE SLOWLY TO HIS FEET AND, TO GAIN A BETTER VIEW OF HIS SURROUNDINGS, CLIMBED A TREE SO THAT HE COULD LOOK IN ALL DIRECTIONS

ONE DAY HENRI READS ABOUT A BIG ART EXHIBITION. HE PUTS HIS CANVASES IN A HANDCART AND WHEELS THEM TO THE BUILDING WHERE THE SHOW WILL BE HELD by AMANDA HALL

ONE DAY HENRI READS ABOUT A BIG ART EXHIBITION. HE PUTS HIS CANVASES IN A HANDCART AND WHEELS THEM TO THE BUILDING WHERE THE SHOW WILL BE HELD

AND EVERY YEAR THE ART EXPERTS MAKE FUN OF HIM. THEY SAY IT LOOKS LIKE HE CLOSED HIS EYES AND PAINTED WITH HIS FEET by AMANDA HALL

AND EVERY YEAR THE ART EXPERTS MAKE FUN OF HIM. THEY SAY IT LOOKS LIKE HE CLOSED HIS EYES AND PAINTED WITH HIS FEET

EVERY YEAR HENRI GOES BACK TO THE ART EXHIBITION TO SHOW NEW PAINTINGS by AMANDA HALL

EVERY YEAR HENRI GOES BACK TO THE ART EXHIBITION TO SHOW NEW PAINTINGS

HE SEES A GYPSY SLEEPING by AMANDA HALL

HE SEES A GYPSY SLEEPING

OBJECTS IN THE SKY by AMANDA HALL

OBJECTS IN THE SKY

TOWERING PALMS SPREAD THEIR GIANT FANS; TROPICAL PLANTS FRUIT AND FLOWER INTO GARLANDS, ROCKETS, AND ROSETTES OF COLOUR by AMANDA HALL

TOWERING PALMS SPREAD THEIR GIANT FANS; TROPICAL PLANTS FRUIT AND FLOWER INTO GARLANDS, ROCKETS, AND ROSETTES OF COLOUR

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