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

Wild AnimalsBirdsMyths & LegendsPoetry
Children's LiteratureArt & ArtistsIllustrations 
AND WHENEVER HENRI HAS MONEY TO SPARE, AND STAGES A CONCERT IN HIS LITTLE STUDIO, ALL THE ARTISTS COME by AMANDA HALL

AND WHENEVER HENRI HAS MONEY TO SPARE, AND STAGES A CONCERT IN HIS LITTLE STUDIO, ALL THE ARTISTS COME

ONE DAY HENRI PAINTS A STILL DESERT NIGHT, BATHED IN MOON GLOW by AMANDA HALL

ONE DAY HENRI PAINTS A STILL DESERT NIGHT, BATHED IN MOON GLOW

HENRI ROUSSEAU IN PARIS by AMANDA HALL

HENRI ROUSSEAU IN PARIS

BUT HE BUYS SOME CANVAS, PAINT, AND BRUSHES, AND STARTS PAINTING ANYWAY by AMANDA HALL

BUT HE BUYS SOME CANVAS, PAINT, AND BRUSHES, AND STARTS PAINTING ANYWAY

IN THE AFTERNOON HE TAKES OFF HIS FRAYED SMOCK AND GIVES MUSIC LESSONS by AMANDA HALL

IN THE AFTERNOON HE TAKES OFF HIS FRAYED SMOCK AND GIVES MUSIC LESSONS

A HUNDRED YEARS LATER, THE FLOWERS STILL BLOSSOM, THE MONKEYS STILL FROLIC, AND THE SNAKES KEEP SLITHERING THROUGH HENRI'S HOT JUNGLES by AMANDA HALL

A HUNDRED YEARS LATER, THE FLOWERS STILL BLOSSOM, THE MONKEYS STILL FROLIC, AND THE SNAKES KEEP SLITHERING THROUGH HENRI'S HOT JUNGLES

JUNGLE FLOWERS by AMANDA HALL

JUNGLE FLOWERS

ONE NIGHT A WELL-KNOWN ARTIST NAMED PICASSO THROWS A BANQUET FOR HENRI by AMANDA HALL

ONE NIGHT A WELL-KNOWN ARTIST NAMED PICASSO THROWS A BANQUET FOR HENRI

OPENING OUR MOUTHS AS PELICANS OUGHT,
AND THIS IS THE SONG WE NIGHTLY SNORT by AMANDA HALL

OPENING OUR MOUTHS AS PELICANS OUGHT, AND THIS IS THE SONG WE NIGHTLY SNORT

KING AND QUEEN OF THE PELICANS WE;
NO OTHER BIRDS SO GRAND WE SEE!
NONE BUT WE HAVE FEET LIKE FINS!
WITH LOVELY LEATHERY THROATS AND CHINS! by AMANDA HALL

KING AND QUEEN OF THE PELICANS WE; NO OTHER BIRDS SO GRAND WE SEE! NONE BUT WE HAVE FEET LIKE FINS! WITH LOVELY LEATHERY THROATS AND CHINS!

THE PELICAN CHORUS by AMANDA HALL

THE PELICAN CHORUS

WE LIVE ON THE NILE. THE NILE WE LOVE.
BY NIGHT WE SLEEP ON THE CLIFFS ABOVE by AMANDA HALL

WE LIVE ON THE NILE. THE NILE WE LOVE. BY NIGHT WE SLEEP ON THE CLIFFS ABOVE

ON THIS PARTICULAR MARKET DAY IN SPRING, GRIMBO HAD A NEW TRICK, WHICH WAS TO IMITATE THE SOUND OF A PIGLET SQUEALING by AMANDA HALL

ON THIS PARTICULAR MARKET DAY IN SPRING, GRIMBO HAD A NEW TRICK, WHICH WAS TO IMITATE THE SOUND OF A PIGLET SQUEALING

A TALL AND HANDSOME STAG CAME TO A POOL TO DRINK, AND AS HE DRANK HE SAW HIS REFLECTION IN THE STILL WATER by AMANDA HALL

A TALL AND HANDSOME STAG CAME TO A POOL TO DRINK, AND AS HE DRANK HE SAW HIS REFLECTION IN THE STILL WATER

HIS NAME WAS JACOB HERDWICK WELSH, BUT EVERYONE CALLED HIM JACOB SHEEP by AMANDA HALL

HIS NAME WAS JACOB HERDWICK WELSH, BUT EVERYONE CALLED HIM JACOB SHEEP

WHEN THE FARMER CAME OUT TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE CROP, THE YOUNG LARK WAS WATCHING AND LISTENING by AMANDA HALL

WHEN THE FARMER CAME OUT TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE CROP, THE YOUNG LARK WAS WATCHING AND LISTENING

'IT'S VERY NEAT,' SHE OBSERVED. 'I DO LIKE THAT DESIGN' by AMANDA HALL

'IT'S VERY NEAT,' SHE OBSERVED. 'I DO LIKE THAT DESIGN'

THE TWO MEN WERE STILL FIGHTING AND PAYING NO ATTENTION TO HER, SO SHE TROTTED OFF TO WHERE THE GRASS LOOKED NICER by AMANDA HALL

THE TWO MEN WERE STILL FIGHTING AND PAYING NO ATTENTION TO HER, SO SHE TROTTED OFF TO WHERE THE GRASS LOOKED NICER

'THAT'S BETTER!' SAID THE BIG GREEN FROG. 'THIS KING HAS NOTICED US!' by AMANDA HALL

'THAT'S BETTER!' SAID THE BIG GREEN FROG. 'THIS KING HAS NOTICED US!'

'WOLF!' SHOUTED JACOB by AMANDA HALL

'WOLF!' SHOUTED JACOB

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