My drawings, sketch books and rough studies help to build a painterly story, they come from within, expressing many layers that sometimes I have to walk away from, find time to reflect, and then return. For me they are ‘reflective landscapes’.


Saturday 11 & Sunday 12th September 2021


Wirral Open Studio Tour is the event in which myself and local artists invite the public to visit our studios, workshops and display spaces. It is an excellent opportunity to talk first-hand to the artists and to view their work in the environment in which it was created, or to just enjoy exploring the various venues attempting to answer that eternal question ‘What do artists do all day?’  I hope you can pop along to find out and to support us after such difficult times as we all need some positive inspiration to create.
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From January 2021

Dot-art have built a bespoke virtual gallery to showcase work by artists online. Experience art in a gallery setting from the safety and comfort of your own home. You can view  my latest collection of paintings here.

This collection explores the motion and ideas experienced whilst walking within the landscape. “Traces through the landscape” are a continuation of exploring thoughts and footpaths recorded during 2020.

Creativity is more important than ever before and I look forward to once again opening up my studio for workshops and events soon.




Summer 2020

Introducing this summer ‘apo art HILBRE ISLAND WORKSHOPS’

A small program of Reflective Landscape Workshops will be held on Hilbre Island in the Dee Estuary over the summer months.

Dates to be confirmed in collaboration with the Estuary tide tables and the local Park Ranger (check the Facebook page for updates)

Wirral Open Studio Tour


13 – 14 June 2020

Once again I will be opening my doors to this years Wirral Open Studio Tour that is an event where artists invite the public to visit their workshops and studio spaces, experiencing their working environment. Apo Art studio will be open Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm where sketch books and journals will be open to all, showcasing ideas and work created on and off site.

Wirral Open Studio Tour


13 September – 10 November 2019

So thrilled to have been chosen to exhibit at Rheged Cumbria where the art works reached beyond the aesthetics stimulating thinking and debate about the way in which we exist alongside, as part of, or sometimes in spite of our landscape. My selected painting ‘Marina Skies’ evokes the idea/feeling of looking down at West Kirby Marine Lake from a dream like state


Journey’s series from residency in Greece in 2019 appeared in issue #13 of Tubes, on online magazine for painters. With thanks to Denis Taylor – Editor in Chief painters Tubes magazine

Plein Air has been a popular practice for centuries and it continues to challenge artists skills and techniques today. I try as often as I can to paint outdoors as it is the sounds, movement, touch and smells we absorb that seep into the work, something not easily achieved in a studio environment. These works were created in front of nature, with instinctive placement of colour and tonal values, benefiting from the ‘feeling’ of working within the landscape.

“…plein air is a French expression that means “in the open air.” It is used by many artists to describe the art of the outdoor painting, capturing landscapes and vistas in natural light.”


May 2019

I was lucky enough to take up an Artist Residency on this beautiful Greek island at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, working with the very talented Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLachlan, pushing the boundaries of mixing Oils with Cold Wax Medium. There I learnt to understand the concept of capturing a ‘feeling’ of being in a place and transferring this through the medium onto paper. Experiences like these are invaluable to one’s practice and I hope to return to this magical inspiring landscape one day soon.


28 September 2018

Interview by curator Gina Schwarz from Dot-Art Liverpool asking questions about what inspires me as an artist. Read the article here.

Wirral Open Studio Tour


14-29 July 2018 11-5
The George Henry Lee building, 1 Basnett Street, Liverpool L1 1ED
Free admission

This summer, eleven of Liverpool’s leading visual artists will exhibit in a show for the Independents Biennial 2018 (IB18) exploring current practice in contemporary painting in the city.

From 14-29 July 2018 the former George Henry Lees department store will be transformed into a temporary exhibition space to offer a unique snapshot of modern figurative and abstract painting in Liverpool. The exhibition will occupy the ground floor of the historic store building which first opened in 1897.

Taking its title from the first and last lines of James Joyce’s novel Finnegans Wake in which the first and last lines join the end to the beginning to start again, a long the riverrun joins together artists with different forms of practice but a common sense of endeavour that is both playful and serious.

Exhibiting artists for a long the riverrun –

Pete Clarke
John Elcock
Clare Flinn
Cherie Grist
Simon Job
Anna Ketskemety
Vincent Lavell
Paul Mellor
Amanda Oliphant
Paul Romano
Tony Smith

The Independents Biennial 2018 is the fringe event for the 10th Liverpool Biennial, the UK’s Biennial of contemporary art. The Independents Biennial is led by Art in Liverpool, the city’s leading independent art news website and magazine.

Wirral Open Studio Tour


09-10 June 2018 10-5

The Wirral Open Studio Tour is an event in which artists invite the public to visit their workshops and display spaces. apo art studio will be open during the tour from 10am to 5pm. I will be showcasing a collection of recent work along with work from local artists Helen Cooper and Aly Briggs. Come along and have a browse in a relaxed environment.

Wirral Open Studio Tour


5 July to 10 September 2017

I will be exhibiting three pieces of work at the Liverpool Art Fair . The art fair takes place in a purpose built art gallery, situated in a unique setting, on Liverpool Waterfront for the entire summer, giving talented local artists the opportunity the showcase their work to a huge audience of locals and tourists.

Pier Head Village L3 1BY, open every day 12-7, free entry.


Wirral Open Studio Tour


30 June 2017

DREAMERS AND CREATORS: An opportunity to network with other creative minds helping to shape cultural and creative future. Hosted by Williamson Art Gallery.

Wirral Open Studio Tour


10-11 June 2017

The Wirral Open Studio Tour is an event in which artists invite the public to visit their workshops and display spaces. apo art studio will be open during the tour and I will be showcasing a collection of recent work. Come along and have a browse in a relaxed environment.

Wirral Open Studio Tour


21 April 2017

Read Portrait of an Artist in Cultured Wirral magazine.

Cultured Wirral


18-21 May 2017 

The Cheshire Art Hub is a lovely gallery space in a fabulous setting at the Lady Longthorne Gallery in Burwardsley. The gallery has a rotating exhibition programme and has been recently refurbished offering great light and spacious layout. The gallery will act as the festival heart beat as it is right in the centre of Cheshire countryside. The theme of the show is  celebrating local artists and the landscape, stretching as far as North Wales, Wirral and Shropshire.


1 December 2016 5-8pm

Showcasing the second series of  ‘Reflective Landscape’ inspired artwork – featuring unique pieces of sculpture by Helen Cooper and ceramics by Aly Briggs.


17 June 2016

“Celebrated artist opens new studio in West Kirby”, Amanda hits the headlines! Read the full article by Emily Rimmer in West Kirby Today


17 August 2015

There is a sense of spiritual solitude when you stare out into a sea, looking beyond the horizon, a desire to discover more.

This series of black and white paintings on paper are an attempt to capture fragments of time and place, painting within the landscape of Cape Cornwall, Sennen Cove and on location in a barn in Newbridge. They are the inspiration for a new body of work ‘Reflective Landscapes’ transfering the elements of that moment onto canvas using colour, thick brush strokes, oils, acrylics and charcoal. The result is a series of paintings that are all absorbing, full of energy and yet, soulful, moody and mindfulness.

I seem to be on a pilrimage to discover deep inside myself a connection to nature. I don’t know if this is good or bad or where it will take me…


13 June 2015

Thank you to everyone who visited this years Wirral Open Studios. The artists in different venues attracted hundreds and hundreds of enthusiastic visitors, making it another fantastic and successful calendar event. A special ‘thank you’ to Xitina Ferres for hosting me. It was a great weekend.


23 June 2014

A special feature of the Festival is Art on the Promenade along the 2 mile stretch of the Hoylake promenade, featuring works of art from 100s of artists as well as other exhibits and displays of interest. In 2013, we had perfect weather and the outdoor exhibits and associated entertainments were very popular – appreciated by artists and visitors alike! In 2014, we expect to extend the display of art further along the 2 mile stretch on Sunday 13th July 2014, show casing a diverse range of professional and semi-professional work.


5-20 July 2013

From 5th – 20th July 2013, the third Wirral FESTIVAL OF FIRSTS was staged in Hoylake. Over the 15 days, the Festival Programme included over 700 musicians and singers, 100 poets and 300 artists taking part in a wide variety of events. There is no other festival in the UK to feature so much talent and so many events.

The aim was to continue to develop the Festival into an international event. As well as staging the annual event, another aim was to create legacy; to benefit the local community, to raise the profile of Hoylake, and to increase the footfall to Hoylake’s attractions, services and shops.

I exhibited a selection of pieces in GALLERY HOYLAKE art trail along with ART ON THE PROM on the Sunday.

© 2019 Amanda Oliphant

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