I’m Amica. I’m an abstract artist currently dripping paint in the prettiest park filled town of Toowoomba, Queensland.
German-born and UK-raised, I spent the first part of my life legitimately believing that I was a character in an Enid Blyton novel. I roamed the cliffs, beaches and forests of Isle of Wight, making dens, collecting nature and creating stories in my head.
These early days imprinted themselves on my identity, forming an unbreakable bond between my creativity and the natural world.
As I grew up, I found myself venturing into nature whenever I felt overwhelmed (so, every second day). The peaceful solitude of a hike through the woods anchored me in the present moment and allowed me reconnect with myself, a pastime that proved invaluable later in life.
Painting is my way to see past chaos, to make my world simple and kind and beautiful.
I transform creative chaos into calm with a signature artistic style focused on emotional richness and natural simplicity.
I stumbled on my current style by painting white into a ruined canvas. As I stroked the brush across the collision of colours, it truly felt like I was digging out treasure. With every splash of white, a kind of elemental alchemy formed, conjuring organic, precious forms of colour and beauty.
My creative process is never planned, its intuitive, about the moment, discovery and chance. The media I use gives me limited control, allowing the painting to 'grow' itself organically.
Still, I feel the need to bring a sense of order. Eliminating areas that feel distracting or unnecessary has become one of the most important aspects of my creative process. Harnessing the Japanese concept of “Ma” (間), meaning ‘interval’ or ‘the space between’, I use white space to bridge chaos and calm, paring the work down to its simplest form, without losing its beauty and meaning. This gives a meditative quality to each piece, as if they have been distilled from chaos into a place of serenity.
b. 1978 Hanover, West Germany.
BVA, BED (sec), Queensland University of Technology, 2003.
Lives and works in Toowoomba. Qld.
2021 Wallum Country. Art Images Gallery. 29th January.
2018 Held. Art Images Gallery, Adelaide.
2018 Essence. Soho Art Gallery, Sydney
2017 Second Nature. BCM Crucible Gallery, Fortitude Valley
2017 Holding Space. Michael Reid Gallery, Murrurundi
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020 Abstract in Nature. Art Images Gallery. Adelaide.
2020 Toowoomba Grammar Show. Toowoomba Grammar School.
2019 The Other Art Fair, Sydney.
2019 Ten – joint exhibition. White Canvas Gallery, Brisbane.
2018 Voyage – joint exhibition. Left Bank Gallery Gold Coast.
2018 The Other Art Fair. Sydney.
2017 Christmas Exhibition. Art Images Gallery, Adelaide.
2017 The Other Art Fair, Melbourne.
2017 [6x6] -Group show. Metropolis Gallery, Geelong.
2017 Dual Elements – joint exhibition. Left Bank Gallery, Gold Coast.
2016 Ambience Store Project – feature artist. Newfarm.
2016 Unchartered, the Space Between – joint exhibition. The Garden Haus, Maleny.
2016 Taking it to the Edge – group exhibition. Gympie Regional Gallery.
2016 Taste of Art – group exhibition. Noosa Art Gallery.
2016 Rush Art Exhibition | Gympie Regional Gallery.
2019, Finalist, Art Lovers Australia Prize
2018, Finalist, Contemporary Art Awards Queensland.
- The Crown Hotel, Sydney.
- The Star Casino, Sydney.
- The Block Elsternwick, Melbourne, 2017, The Block, St Kilda, 2019.
- St John of God Berwick Hospital, Melbourne.
- Anglicare Southern Queensland – Kirami Residential Aged Care
- Meglio Therapeutics, Noosa
- Stocklands, Northlakes Retirement Village
- Olympus Medical, Olympic Park, Sydney
* Private Collections in Australia, Greece, Tokyo, Hong Kong, South America and U.S.A
2018 Briony Downes, Held, Art Images Gallery, | Exhibition Text
2018 Briony Downes, Essence, Soho Gallery | Exhibition Text
2017 Danielle Harvey, Second Nature, BCM Crucible Gallery | Exhibition Text
2018 Racy & Lucky, SISU dress.
2017 Biocup Art Series
2017 Woman on the Land, Collab with Racy & Lucky. Wearable Art Project.
2016 Collab A nation – Live Artist Performances, Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane & Mary St, Gympie.
LECTURES / WORKSHOPS / PODCASTS
2020 Slow Art for the Soul Workshops - Collaboration with Branch & Blossom.
2019 Getting Back to Whats Important - podcast nterview with Laura Horn Art.
2019 Gympie Regional Council Arts & Culture Forum - Guest Speaker
2019 Trusting Yourself - podcast interview with Abundant Artist.
2019 Business of Art Conference. Art Lovers Australia - Panel presenter.
2019 The Shape of Things to Come, Noosa Regional Gallery, March -Artist Talk.
2019 Beautiful Chaos Workshops – Gympie Regional Gallery. Workshop presenter.
2018 - Discover – Youth & Careers Symposium, Creative Industries. Gympie. Guest Speaker
2018 Painting Large: Workshop. Gympie Regional Gallery. July.
2018 Explorations in Abstraction & Monochrome. Workshop Presenter. House of Artisan. Gympie. May.
2018 Intuition & Abstraction – Workshop. Left Bank Gallery& Art Lovers Australia. Gold Coast.
2017 Explorations in Abstraction. Workshop Presenter. House of Artisan. Gympie. May.
2017 Intuition & Abstraction Workshop. Gympie Regional Gallery-June.
2017 Art Battles. Whole School Interactive Abstract Art Workshop & Auction.
PRESS | MEDIA
2019 Art Lovers Australia Blog, There is Beauty in Simplicity. Sunnefa Hamar Penning.
2019 Australian Country Magazine, Bohemian Bliss, Jan 2019, issue 22.2.
2018 “...the creation of tranquil & intuitive abstract art..” Home Design Magazine. Vol. 1`.No.3,
2018 Grand Designs Australia, Series 7 Episode 11, Tallebudgera Valley Queenslander
2018 Grand Designs Australia Magazine, Issue 7.4
2018 Pastiche Magazine # 7, August.
2018 “Six Standout artists you need to see at The Other Art Fair” Art Edit Magazine. Summer 2018 Issue.
2018 “Expressions in Abstract” Gympie Living Magazine, June.
2017 Seen on Channel 9, The Block 2017, Hallway Reveal. Commissioned work for ‘Ronnie & Georgia.’
2017 Channel 9 Postcards: Metropolis Gallery
2017 Home Design Magazine, Creative Selection, July.
2017 “Discovering the Magic of Mess with Sunshine Coast Artist Amica Whincop” Style Media, Mar.
2017 Artist of the Month: Crowdink| Balance Between Chaos and Void | Apr 26.
2017 Artist of the Month: ArtLovers Australia | May 5.
2017 “How Come You Keep Painting Bubbles“, Insider Style, Mar.
2016 The Ambience Project #4: Indulge Magazine & Brisbane Art Guide | May 25.
2016 “Art in Your House is a Reflection of Who You Are”, Insider Style,
2016 “New Artist on the Block,” Gympie Times , Mar.