Born in Australia, Amanda van Gils obtained a Bachelor of Art in Fine Arts, Monash University Melbourne, 1989 and a Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), also in Melbourne in 2000.
Since 2000, van Gils has exhibited in over 90 exhibitions in Australia and overseas. She has been a finalist in a number of national art prizes which include, amongst others: Sunshine Coast Art Prize, the Norvill Art Prize, Whyalla Art Prize, Fleurieu Art Prize, John Leslie Art Prize, Tattersall's Club Landscape Art Prize, the Mosman Art Prize and Musswellbrook Art Prize. In 2006 van Gils won the Art Interview 4th online international art award, based in Berlin.
Working primarily in oil painting, van Gils' work deals with the pace of contemporary life and the impact of technology on how we experience our surroundings, through the genre of landscape painting. Focusing on the often disregarded and ordinary landscapes that are rushed past on the way to some undefined destination, her work draws together ideas of 'landscape' with how we experience nature in this busy digital age.
In addition to her own practice, van Gils has curated exhibitions, most recently the Exchange exhibition which incorporated an art swap amongst 55 artists from around Australia at Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough Qld (2011) and in 2010 the Net Work exhibition involving 38 contemporary artists at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
In 2010 van Gils relocated from Melbourne to Queensland where she now resides with her artist husband and their young son. "The In-Between Places" which is being shown at four Queensland galleries during 2012 - 2013 is her 17th solo exhibition.
During 2013 Amanda has solo exhibitions scheduled in each of her representing galleries in New South Wales, Melbourne and Gold Coast, along with the final leg of "The In-Between Places" tour.
Amanda van Gils is currently represented by Catherine Asquith Gallery in Melbourne, Art Piece Gallery in Mullumbimby NSW and Anthea Polson Art on the Gold Coast in Queensland.