Charcoal by Amanda Cornish

RIDGE AND FARROW Charcoal on Paper 147x186cm

Nature is the focal point of my work, and has been through my progression from abstract oils to charcoals (2012) when the sudden and unpredictable changes in my life led to a personal need to find some control and order.

Life is inherently uncertain, and it is nature’s instinctive ability to find the best path for survival and growth that is fundamental to both human beings and the landscape in which we stand.  The attraction of an intensely anarchic scene, but harnessed and explored through a study of texture, tone and line serves as a human examination as well as an aesthetic one.

The process of using charcoal, with its unpredictable fragility, with depth contrasting softness, with line both lost and found, mirrors the very scenes it creates.  Our world can appear chaotic, but it is our desire for silent serenity that I wish to explore.  My work springs from an innate response to life itself.

The Landscape is central to Amanda Cornish’s work, where she documents the unnamed and ignored place, unraveling confused forms to reveal the strange hidden beauty of the overlooked ordinary.  Cornish’s works almost exclusively in large charcoal drawings.




Chelsea School of Art (1985-1988)


NOA National Art Open

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Bonhams, London

Ryder Street Gallery, London

Mumford Fine Art “Balance” (Solo)

Lucy Simmonds Fine Art, Hong Kong

Royal Society British Artist

Anna-Mei Chadwick, The Gallery, Cork Street

Young Master, London, Tokyo

New Trends Arts Fair, Hong Kong

Royal Society Marine Artists

China Club “Recent Paintings” Hong Kong (Solo)

Llewellyn Alexander

Royal Institute Oil Painter

Anthony Woodd, Edinburgh

Chelsea Art Society

Frank T Sabin, London

New English Art Club


NOA National Art Open 2016

Broadway Art Festival 2016

Royal Society Marine Artist 1995

Chelsea Art Society 1995


Goldman Sachs, Community Chest

Pump Court Tax Chambers


South China Morning Post

Elle Decoration

Soho Clarion

In and Around Convent Garden

Hong Kong Tatler

Eastern Express  Off the Wall