I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays and the New Year. Just discovered one of my paintings sold at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans- a very nice way to start off the year. Shelter is an acrylic on canvas, 10″ wide by 10″ high, and is from my current In Our Veins series. This piece was also featured on the cover of the Cimarron Review. View it online here: https://amyguidry.com/shelter.html.
As part of the “Good Mourning Tis of Thee” exhibition I was recently a part of, Co-Lab Projects has created a catalog of works by over 60 artists from the show. This full-color, 160-page catalog also includes essays by Morgan Meis and co-curator Alyssa Taylor Wendt. Designed by Jared Ritz. Also of note, $10 per copy will be donated to Direct Relief for Hurricane Harvey. You can get a copy in person at Co-Lab Projects in Austin, Texas or order online here: https://squareup.com/store/co-lab-projects/item/good-mourning-tis-of-thee-catalog-pre-order.
My painting Sentience was recently featured in Art Galleries & Artists of the South Magazine as part of a spread on LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans. Sentience has also found a new home. This was the first of my “butterfly eyes” paintings. The butterflies represent life- both are beautiful, fragile, and ephemeral. Sentience is an acrylic on canvas, 6″ wide by 6″high. You can view it online here: https://amyguidry.com/sentience.html and view more “butterfly eyes” paintings from the series here: https://amyguidry.com/gallery.html.
My painting The Pack will be on view starting tomorrow in Austin, Texas. It was selected to be a part of “Good Mourning Tis of Thee,” a conceptual group exhibition curated by Alyssa Taylor Wendt and Sean Gaulager. Funded by a generous grant from the city of Austin and the Cultural Arts Division, this exhibit will cover such themes as death and transformation, in which death is a catalyst for positive change. The show runs October 13th through November 2nd, 2017 at Co-Lab Projects’ DEMO Gallery in Austin, TX. There will be an opening reception tomorrow, October 13th from 7-11pm.
I’m happy to announce that my work is featured in the current issue of Vegan Lifestyle Magazine based out of the UK. Several paintings from my In Our Veins series are featured alongside the article. Issue 42 is available for download at: http://www.veganlifestylemagazine.com/.
I’ve just finished both paintings previously featured while in progress. Pervasive and Sentiencewill both be on exhibit for the opening at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans tomorrow (June 3, 2017). Pervasive has been a long time in the making. I’m sometimes asked if living in Louisiana affects my work. Given that my work deals with the welfare of our planet, many of the issues that Louisiana faces (habitat loss, flooding, BP oil spill, hurricanes) are something that I cover but on more of a global scale. Pervasive is one of the most direct pieces I’ve done, focusing on the conservation of Louisiana wildlife and wetlands. The BP oil spill not only affected the wildlife of Louisiana, but it continues to affect the wildlife of rest of the world to this day as bird and sea animals continue to migrate. It may be asking a lot of a painting, but I hope that it has a big impact.
Sentience was specifically created for the “Face to Face” exhibit opening at LeMieux Galleries. The exhibit features a range of interpretations of portraiture. In Sentience, the butterflies represent the beauty and fragility of life, while the third eye represents enlightenment. The eye is a human eye, referring to the fact that we are all members of the animal kingdom, and can see a bit of ourselves in the personalities of other animals. Sentience is an acrylic on canvas, 6″wide by 6″high.
Both paintings will be on view tomorrow, June 3rd for the opening reception from 6-8pm. The exhibit will remain up through July 29th, 2017.
I’ve just recently framed these small paintings from my In Our Veins series. I feel like the frames take them to a whole other level. Connected and Union are both acrylic on cardstock, 4″ tondo and the framed images are 5 1/2″ wide by 6 3/8″ high. Both are currently available for $100 each. If you can see this in your home, contact me to purchase at https://amyguidry.com/contact.html.
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.