Amber Boardman's mythic depictions of human fates and foibles prove her to be a subtle trickster. She seduces the viewer by improvising with juicy wet-into-wet paint, eye-catching jewel-like hues and earthy, fleshy tonalities. Her imagery - at once desirable and wryly repugnant - taps into the 'universal toddler' in all of us by flagrantly testing our attitudes to the boundaries of acceptable behavior, and then - with evident sympathetic fondness for her characters - offers comforting distance through cartoon-like form. Her pictures skew and flatten perspective into fabulous patterns and impossible angles to propel narrative's capabilities.
Boardman has exhibited her paintings and animation throughout the US, Australia and internationally including BAM's Next Wave Festival in NYC, and the 2018 Archibald and Geelong Prizes in Australia. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Juxtapoz Magazine. She has been the recipient of multiple awards, notably, Most Provocative Award (Atlanta Biennial), the Australian Post-Graduate Award (University of New South Wales) and the Joan Sutherland Fund Visual Arts Grant. She holds an MFA in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts and a BFA in Studio Art from Georgia State University. Boardman holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Her works are held in numerous private and public collections including the High Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the University of Kentucky Art Museum, the City of Sydney, and Artbank Australia. She has worked commercially as an animator for Cartoon Network’s [adult swim], Comedy Central and Google.