Amanda Marburg Melbourne, Australia, b. 1976-

Amanda Marburg (b. 1976 in Melbourne, VIC) has established herself as one of the most innovative, multidimensional painters working in Australia today. Her unique paintings are created through an extended process involving photography and plasticine model making. Setting her handmade characters and environments against studio backdrops, she photographs her scenes to form the template for her lively paintings. This labour-intensive interplay between 2D and 3D forms gifts us, the viewer, with paintings that make us reassess the idea that paintings mirror real life in a literal way, focusing rather on the less concrete aspects of life. Marburg graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne, in 1999. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in major institutions including Casula Powerhouse and Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, and Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne, and the Queensland University Art Museum in Brisbane. Marburg was a finalist in the 2011 and 2013 Archibald Prize.


1999 Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting), Victorian College of the Arts

1996 Associate Diploma of Visual Art (Painting), Western Metropolitan College of TAFE, Melbourne



2021 The Order Of Things, OLSEN Gallery, Sydney

2017 And the doves eat cheese, OLSEN Gallery, Sydney

2014 Becoming Something Other, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

2014 The sacred wood, Olsen Irwin, Sydney 2013 Amanda Marburg, Station, Melbourne

2012 The pathway to corporeal pleasures Rex Irwin Art Dealer

2011 A place to hide, KalimanRawlins,Melbourne

2010 The beast that stinks out all the world, Rex Irwin Art Dealer

2009 Guardians of the Departed, Uplands, Melbourne

2007 Lobster, Rex Irwin Art Dealer The other side, Uplands, Melbourne

2006 Hell needs this town, and it?s goin? back and goin? damn quick, Rex Irwin Art Dealer at Melbourne Art Fair

2004 Giving the Devil his due Rex Irwin Art Dealer at Melbourne Art Fair & Newcastle Region Art Gallery

2002,03, 05 Rex Irwin Art Dealer

2001 The Bomb, TCB Art Inc., Melbourne



2020 Summer Group Show, Olsen Gallery, Sydney

2017 All the better to see you with: Fairy tales transformed, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne 2016 How Some Children Played at Slaughtering, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

2014 Harvest, Olsen Irwin Works on paper, small paintings and sculpture, Sydney

2013 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and regional tour

2012 Like, Casula Powerhouse Gallery, Sydney Art & Australia Collection, MOP Gallery, Sydney Man and Beast, Rex Irwin Art Dealer

2011 Model Pictures, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melb Black and white, Rex Irwin Art Dealer Archibald Prize, AGNSW & tour

2009 Heads, Rex Irwin Art Dealer National Artist?s Self Portrait Prize, Queensland University Art Museum

2008 neo-Gothic, Queensland University Art Museum

2007 Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Sculpture and the figure, Rex Irwin Art Dealer 2004 Still life Still lives, Rex Irwin Art Dealer

2003 Depth of Field, Shepparton Art Gallery & Monash Uni. Gallery  Trees, Rex Irwin Art Dealer

2001 Glacier, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne & Tour Jon Campbell's Rock The Boat, Uplands Gallery, Melb. Roger Kemp Memorial Exhibition, VCA Gallery, Melb. Five, Span Gallery, Melbourne Charley, PSI, New York , USA

2000 Setting Up, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne Fascination, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melb. A Brush With Death, La Trobe Street Gallery, Melb.



2016 Awarded Australia Council Residency, Barcelona

2011 Highly commended, Archibald Prize, AGNSW

2008 Awarded Australia Council Residency, Rome

2005 Art & Australia / ANZ Private Bank Emerging Artist Program

2001 Five, Span Gallery, Melbourne

1999 Roger Kemp Memorial Award , VCA, Melbourne



2013 Rachel Kent, 'Real Surreal: The Marvellous World of Amanda Marburg', Art & Australia, Spring.

2011 Model Pictures exhibition catalogue, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne

2008 Current: Contemporary Art from Australia and New Zealand, Dot Publish

2007 Primavera

2007 exhibition, catalogue MCA, SydneyCurrent, Art & Australia Ashley Crawford, 'Amanda Marburg: Plasticine Friends', Art Collector, Issue 42, October -December 2007