Award Art is the gallery of Amanda Ward. Amanda studied technical arts sculpture at the prestigious Wimbledon School of Art, as well as three dimensional design at Reigate Art School. From this Amanda pursued her lifelong dream of working in the film industry. In 2004 she started work at Shepperton studios working on the model of Hogwarts for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Over the last 13 years Amanda’s film career grew from strength to strength and she worked on 37 films in that time.
Amanda far right with the Hogwarts model from The Goblet of Fire 2014
Her highlights being working on Thor The Dark World, getting to be on location with Thor in the woods maintaining all the stunt weapons for an epic battle scene. Painting the beautiful sets for the live action version of Beauty and the Beast. And most recently working at Pinewood Studios on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the soon to be released Solo: A Star Wars story. Being the hand props and weapons painter for these was a big dream come true for a big Star Wars fan and a very cherished experience for her.
Amanda far right seen in some behind the scenes footage from Thor the Dark World
With Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) at The Last Jedi cast and crew wrap party
Alongside her film work Amanda also painted canvases in her down time. Starting off with paintings inspired by her love of films, progressing to works showing the beautiful form of the human body to finally specialising mainly in painting animal. Amanda has always had a love for all animals from an early age. Her paintings tend to be either large scale representations of statuesque animals, celebrating these endangered animals beauty, and her collection of conceptual and quirky smaller animal pieces that have a deep narrative behind them.
Amanda has sold over 100 paintings worldwide, one of her largest paintings now residing in New Zealand. She has previously exhibited in London and Brighton. Brighton has always been a home from home for Amanda, and for over 20 years she dreamed of having one of the Artist Arches on Brighton seafront to sell her paintings from. These sought after galleries very rarely become available, so when she saw that one did she decided to follow another dream of hers and Award Art was born.