Adventurous Adelaide artist Pam Amos is pushing the boundaries with her contemporary art, exploring new forms of expression to realise a diverse and eclectic style.
With most of the real world already discovered, this is what exploration looks like in the 21st Century – new, yet to be imagined lands.
For Amos, contemporary art is ever-shifting.
“It’s about embracing what is available and tweaking it and playing with it, until you create something that is a combination of your exploration and imagination working together,” said Amos.
“My landscapes are a realistic interpretation whereas my fractal designs, and some of my encaustic artworks, are abstract representations of art,” she said.
Completely self taught, Amos loves to use colour, light and texture in her artworks. She also loves exploring new techniques.
As a contemporary artist, Amos takes advantage of the tools, media and technology available to artists in the 21st Century.
After exploring acrylics, folk art and encaustic painting (painting using molten, pigmented wax and pastels), Amos began exploring digital art using fractals.
She now paints using a Wacom stylus pen and tablet and creates the fractals using Apophysis and UF5 software.
Amos also enjoys photography and manipulates images using Photoshop layers to paint over the photos to create a ‘painterly’ style of photo.
Amos believes digital art allows more freedom when painting.
“In traditional painting there are ‘happy accidents’ and you go with them, but paintings can be muddied if overworked,” said Amos.
“With digital art, if you don’t like what has been painted you can remove it completely, and repaint.
“It allows the artist to push the boundaries a little more.
“The artist can try something new and, if it works, continue with it and, if it doesn’t work, you can start again. You can’t do that with traditional painting,” she said.
Amos’s biggest inspiration is the world around her. As well as an explorer, she’s an observer.
“I am forever taking note of colours, textures, shapes and all the other beautiful things in this amazing world of ours and I mentally store the images for future reference.
“I also take photos whenever I can and make notes in a journal to jog my memory,” she said.
Amos’s art appeals to people who appreciate new styles of art. Her fractals – images that provoke thought – are ideal for a home office or a workplace.
Her floral fractals are perfect for the home – the lounge or bedroom environ. Delicate and soft, they add a feminine touch.
Amos’s creative landscapes are a wonderful way to create a feeling of space in a room that doesn’t have many windows. People can wander through a landscape which is great for clearing the mind.
When creating her art, Amos feels joyful, content and proud.
“I paint when I feel happy. If I feel sad or down, I feel blocked. I can’t access that creative part of me.
“Time slows. My mind shifts gears and quietens. I am in the moment and everything else fades away. It’s like meditating,” she said.
But what is art like from the beholder’s perspective? For Amos, art should add joy and colour, texture and light to a home.
“When you hang a piece of art on your wall it is a window into a world of possibilities. It can take you places,” said Amos.
“It can provoke you. It can make you smile. It can make you question, wonder, feel and think. It’s food for the soul,” she said.
With Amos’s colourful, bold, inventive, expressive contemporary art before us, it seems we all become 21st Century explorers. Are you ready for your next big adventure? Wander through our full range of art by Pam Amos.