London Amara was born in Columbus, Ohio, and lives and works there and in Bonita Springs, Florida. In 1995, she studied painting, sculpture, and photography at Columbus College of Art and Design, and in 1999 relocated to Naples, Florida. There, in addition to making and exhibiting her work, she began teaching courses in the creative use of polymer resins, metals, and oxidation processes, and on the psychology of art making. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of South Florida, and will be lecturing in 2020 at Florida Southwestern College, home of the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery.
Following a car accident in 2009, Amara started moving away from biomorphic and gestural abstraction—and occasional use of handwritten text—that characterize her early work, instead producing drawings, paintings, metal sculptures, and prints that focus on the human body as form and metaphor. Currently, she is pursuing large-format collodion wet plate photography, creating intimate black-and-white portraits and haunting images of the wooded landscapes of Florida, Ohio, California, and British Columbia.
Amara’s paintings, sculptures, and photographs have been shown in solo and group exhibitions at venues including the Columbus Conservatory (1998), Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, Fort Myers, Florida (2009, 2013, and 2018), and Tampa Museum of Art (2016). She has also undertaken private and public commissions for clients including the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team, and was the recipient of the 2013 Vincent LeCavalier Commemorative Commission.
Amara’s work is represented in the permanent collections of Allstate Insurance, Diamond District, Fine Mark Bank, and Innisbrook Resort, and has been discussed in Art SWFL, Arts Tampa Bay, duPont REGISTRY, Florida Weekly, Grandeur, Fort Myers Magazine, Fort Myers News-Press, and Spotlight. It is also the subject of a 2012 film from Brandon Hyde’s Rising Sky Studios (now Digital Caviar). Amara is currently at work on a book scheduled for publication in 2020, and her exhibition, Ethos: The Alchemy of Spirit and Light will begin a national museum tour in 2021.
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