Amanda Charchian (b.Los Angeles) creates work with a feminine sensuality that is simultaneously epic and intimate. Amanda earned a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2010 with a focus on painting and sculpture. Her current practice is focused exclusively on photography.
An exhibition of 2015’s “Pheromone Hotbox” at Stephen Kasher Gallery in NYC evolved into the artist’s first fine art monograph on Hat&Beard Press/Dilettante Paper with the same name. Comprised of images shot between 2012-2015, the book features 27 female artists nude in dramatic locations across the globe, including in Iceland, France, Costa Rica, Morocco, Israel, and Cuba.
In 2018 she exhibited a new body of work at Fahey/Klein Gallery entitled "7 Types of Love" which presents mediations on the seven categories of love as described by Canadian psychologist John Allen Lee based on Greek ideas. Her photographs create visual narratives on romantic, spiritual and dutiful love through a feminine lens.
Charchian’s ongoing series MONO, exhibited with Huxley-Parlour gallery at Photo London 2018, combines her background in painting with contemporary nude studies in black and white. A second monograph and solo exhibition is in the works.
In 2022 she collaborated with French luxury perfume house Ex Nihilo on a fragrance called Idle Hour. She created a set of accompanying images inspired by the ways in which a particular smell makes us re-enter a mental space completely forgotten by visual memory.
She is represented by Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles.
Commercial Clients include: Gucci, Bulgari, Chloe, Lancaster, Cartier, Porsche, Versace, Balmain, Nordstrom, Glossier, Sony Music, Vivienne Westwood, Atlantic and Universal Records.
Publications include: Vogue UK, Vogue Italia, Garage, i-D, Purple, Numero, and So It Goes.
Amanda lives and works between Los Angeles and Paris.
2010 BFA, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
Selected Group Exhibitions
LA Woman, Phillips, Los Angeles
Thoughts Become Words, Words Become Images, HVW8 Gallery, Los Angeles
Photo London, Huxley Parlour Gallery, London
Photo London, Fahey Klein Gallery, London
ANNEX, M+B Gallery, Los Angeles
Future Feminine, Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles
Female Gaze, Museum of Sex, New York
SOLO: Pheromone Hotbox Book Launch, London
SOLO: Pheromone Hotbox Book Launch, West Hollywood
Vogue Italia Female Gaze, Milan
Uncontaminated Festival, Oslo
The Neon Wilderness, Voices from Los Angeles, The Conversation, Berlin
In The Raw, The Untitled Space, New York
Selections for Pheromone Hotbox Monograph, Boite Noire Gallery, Los Angeles
Reflections, Opera Gallery, London
Disconnection, Wilding Cran Gallery, Los Angeles
YesAllWomen, Dilettante, Los Angeles
Pheromone Hotbox, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York
Erection, MAMA Gallery, Los Angeles
Ritual, The Cob Gallery, London
Road to Elysium, Heist Gallery, London
Gilded Forest, Kasher Potamkin, New York
Women in Photography in LA, Contact, Los Angeles
Maroon Belles, Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles
Sample of You, Cultural Center Parobrod, Belgrade
Women of the World, Southbank Centre, London
I Want Love, ROX, New York
The Mothership, Dilettante, Los Angeles
Now You See, ROX, New York
SOLO: The Collective Yes, Stephen Webster, Los Angeles
Young Americans, Gajah Gallery, Singapore
Tosca, LA Opera, Los Angeles
The Archaic Revival, Zic Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam
Rock/Them, ROX, New York
The Silvertones, ROX, New York
Animate Objects, The Sacred Door, Los Angeles
Anywhere But Here, Space 15 Twenty, Los Angeles
The Tappan Collective, Aqua Art Fair, Miami
Portals, The Sacred Door, Los Angeles
If You Leave, Downstairs at Mother, London
Mediums, Abrahamian Art Centre, Yerevan
The Tappan Collective, The Jeffries, Los Angeles
Death Can Dance, Townhouse, Zurich
Love Forever, Dilettante, Los Angeles
Open Show, Gallery 825/LAAA, Los Angeles
Business As Usual (Thesis Show), Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
The Initiation, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
Evvy Metal, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
Nothing Et Al, Thomas P. Kelly Gallery , Los Angeles
Out of Order, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles
Menage a Trente-Sept, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles
Last Day of Magic, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ, LA Contemporary, Los Angeles
Detour, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
Chaat, Global Arts Village, New Delhi