Another painting in progress. Forced to take a break from my larger pelican painting courtesy of my easel. It decided to break (while in the middle of painting), so I am currently waiting on the replacement part to come in. So in the meantime, I decided to work on a small painting I’ve been wanting to do anyway. This piece is in keeping with my Cor and Corporis paintings, featuring rabbits with exposed organs or bones as a reminder that animals are all living, sentient beings. It is an acrylic on canvas, 4″ by 4.”
Are you thinking of getting roses for Valentine’s Day? Roses wilt but paintings don’t. Art is is more meaningful and gives you something beautiful to look at everyday, forever. So for Valentine’s, buy any painting from me now through February 14th and you’ll receive an original, handmade Valentine such as the one pictured. These paintings featured are all acrylic on canvas, 4″ x 4″ for $100 each. Find them online here: https://amyguidry.com/emergence.html, here: https://amyguidry.com/stem.html, and here: https://amyguidry.com/evanescence.html.
As mentioned before, I will be showing as part of the “Menagerie” group exhibition at the Amelia Center Gallery at Gulf Coast State College. The show’s opening is just around the corner- this Friday, February 3rd, 5-7pm. I’m honored to be among such a great group of artists and their unique approach to animals in art.
The exhibit will be on display at at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida from February 3 – March 3, 2017. Artists featured are: Adam Doyle, Katherine Gallagher, Amy Guidry, Laurie Hogin, Gabriel Lovejoy, Chris Musina, and Kevin Taylor.
I’m happy to announce that I was recently interviewed by the Mother Nature Network for a feature on their site. Starre Vartan asked me about my work and the connection to animals and ecological welfare. Here is just a sample of what we discussed:
MNN: In Our Veins is dominated by horses, deer, bears, wolves, rabbits, cows and humans. Why these animals?
AG: I feel like a lot of these animals blur the line between what would be considered domestic and what would be considered wild. As more wild habitat is being encroached upon by new houses and shopping malls, these animals are being forced out of their homes and find themselves having to adapt to this new urban landscape. They are wild, yet at the same time, people either think of them as cute nomads or dangerous intruders, depending on the species.
I’ll use cows because I feel like they are the epitome of the agribusiness animal. They are used for meat, dairy, and leather, and it’s because of them that forests are cleared and “predatory” animals are killed — all for the sake of ranching.
As for incorporating humans, I do so to emphasize that we are all part of the animal kingdom. I’ll sometimes combine a human with another animal to illustrate that connection. Other times, I may just paint the human brain as a symbol of sentience and our moral obligation to the welfare of these animals.
My work was recently published on the cover and inside The Journal literary magazine. My painting Vital is wrapped around the front and back cover while several other paintings from my In Our Veins series are inside. In addition, there is an interview in which I’d like to share just one of the questions because I think it’s an important one:
SS: Is there anything you can tell me about this work that someone who doesn’t have expertise might not see or appreciate?
AG: I think people need to realize this: they are much more astute when it comes to art than they give themselves credit for. True art will elicit an emotional response from someone, whether it’s a positive or negative reaction. For those that enjoy my work, they often tell me that something resonates with them. It may not be exactly what I expect the viewer to respond to, but it’s in the ballpark. There have been times when someone finds my work “dark” and therefore they are unsure of it. I would still consider that an accurate response because I deal with some tough issues in my work. Animals are beautiful, nature is beautiful, and I’m trying to create something that is beautiful but at the same time sends a message. Either way, I want to draw attention to these issues and inspire others to take action, even if it’s just small changes because every little bit helps. That’s the takeaway I hope for when anyone looks at my work, whether they have an art degree or not.
This week is the last week of my exhibit at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans. My series, In Our Veins, is on view in the Main Gallery of LeMieux now through September 24th. You can also catch Lee Deigaard’s series, Near and Far.
I’ve had some great response to this body of work, including a feature in American Art Collector Magazine’s September 2016 issue. And Paul Bentley of the New Orleans magazine, Where Y’At, gave me a great review stating: “…Her dreamlike landscapes with animal, human, and natural forms mixing and dancing with each other create beautiful images that seem to be more than just a mere neo-surrealist tribute to Dali or O’Keefe. Her paintings create a dialogue with her obvious predecessors and influences, but they retain an original, calming, eerie, and downright intelligent attitude to them.”
More information on this exhibit can be found on LeMieux’s website.
A couple of photos of my latest painting in progress. This will be part of my In Our Veins series. The first rough layer of paint has been added, and I’m currently working on building the layers of color and detail to the ocean water. It is an acrylic on canvas, 10″ wide by 20″ high. More details soon!
I’ve recently finished a new painting in my In Our Veins series. The title is Bridge and it is an acrylic on canvas, 6″ wide by 6″ high. Bridge features two mountain rams, linking them to the mountains, serving as a bridge connecting all of nature. View the painting online here: http://amyguidry.com/bridge.html.