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Amanda Hall (born 1956)


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 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 been published in 26 countries 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.

More recently The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau, written by Michelle Markel, was included in About.com’s Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year 2012 and won the Parents’ Choice Gold Award Spring 2013 Picture Books. Amanda’s work for this book was also exhibited at the Society of Illustrators 'The Original Art' Annual Exhibition 2012.

She has illustrated publications for Harper Collins, Lion Hudson, Barefoot Books, Frances Lincoln, Templar Publishing, Little Tiger Press, Pavilion Books and Dorling Kindersley, as well as many other trade and educational publishers.

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.

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