Amber's signature works include sensual, fanciful depictions of herself, women, and animals. Although she uses many bright colors, there is always a sense of something lurking, something lying beneath the surface. Within the narratives a tension between opposing forces can be seen. She believes that imagination and reality are of equal importance and enjoys the way the two interrelate and shape each other. Her art offers the viewer an organic, surrealistic, softly refined and deeply enchanting experience.
Amber began painting and illustrating in early childhood. She was raised partly in New York City and partly in Connecticut. Growing up in the New York of the 1980s, her first artistic influences were street and graffiti artists, while in Connecticut she absorbed a deep appreciation and life-long respect of nature.
Her mother Britt — a Norwegian painter of impressionistic landscapes — arrived in New York City in the late '60s where she fell in love with Amber's father, the world-renowned erotic illustrator and artist known as Eric Stanton. The influence of both her parents' work can be seen in Amber's work today in the textures of nature and surreal sensuality of her dreamscapes.
In her teen years Amber took figure drawing classes at the Art Students League on 57th Street in NYC. During this time she also began learning more about comic book illustration from her father. He showed her how to draw figures wrestling and interacting with one another. Facial expressions and hand gestures were also a focus that was encouraged by Eric. Eventually she took occasional commissions from a few of her father's clients. Her interest in figurative art lead her to study at the Lyme Academy in Connecticut where she practiced the painting techniques associated with the early European Renaissance. After two years there she transferred to the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan where she earned her BFA in painting.
After college Amber became more focused on self portraits. Initially it was just an affordable way to continue figure painting without the cost of paying a model. But as she moved deeper into what became a large body of self portrait work she began to notice patterns. She found that symbolism was naturally emerging in her work and revealing truths about her life; past, present, and future. She sees her images as clues to a bigger picture, another piece to the puzzle. The postures of her figures symbolize experiences or phases in ones human life, such as doubt, confusion, or loss, and then moments of clarity, growth, and triumph. Her goal is to create unique images that communicate an inner truth that is relatable and connects with universal truths.
She works with oils, acrylics, color pencils, and watercolors. The paint on her wood boards and canvases can be finely detailed, thick and textural, or smooth and polished, and in other areas can be thin, scuffed, and even scraped. The pencil and ink strokes on her paper or wood drawings can be energetic and rhythmic as well as delicate and flowing.
Amber’s art is included in private collections in New York, San Francisco, London, Australia, Norway, and at Yale University in New Haven, CT. She lives on a little mountain in Connecticut where she paints in her home studio.
The Alex Mackay Collection, Australia
Shows and Exhibitions
Cate Charles Gallery, Providence, RI
Group show curated by Kim Charles
J. Horton, Madison, CT
Solo shows "Walk in the Woods" and "Astral Perception"
The Tse Tse Gallery, New London, CT
Group show curated by Maureen Kennedy
2036 Polk, San Francisco, CA
Group show curated by Terisa Nittolo
Signet, New York City
Group show curated by Michael Ricardo Andreev
191 Chrystie, New York City
Group show curated by Jonathan Shore
“Healing Through Energy” by White Light Healing Arts, LLC
Commission - illustrated an education book about ancient healing arts
Amber was interviewed about her art by Jennifer Graham
Featured on “Jenny by Design” blog April
"A Tangled Web" by Amber Stanton
An essay about Amber's father's contributions to the creation of Spider-Man
Published in "The Art of Ditko" by Craig Yoe
The School of Visual Arts, BFA Painting
New York City
The Lyme College of Fine Arts
Old Lyme, CT