Figures

Amy Dryer

Figures

2016

About the Artist

Born in 1979, Amy attended the Alberta College of Art and Design, 1997 - 2000, The Glasgow School of Art (Scotland) and the Fine Art program at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her dedication to her craft placed on the cover of Avenue Magazine as Calgary's Best in 2008. She has been profiled in Essential Magazine, Galleries West and on the CTV. Amy has completed artist residences at Emma Lake, Saskatchewan, in 2009, The Banff Centre, Alberta, 2013, Reykjavik, Iceland in 2017 and in Berlin, Germany, 2018. Amy was again featured in Avenue Magazine's Top 40 under 40 in 2016. Amy has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally since 2000 and currently is represented in six galleries across Canada. Amy has supported many philanthropic endeavours and most recently donated a major work to the fundraiser initiated by the Ranchmen's Club in support of the Ukranian War Effort. Amy continues to live and work in Calgary.

Comments on the Work

Note the figures are Arthur Lismer and Tom Thomson, May, 1914. In a letter to his wife, Arthur Lismer described a three-week sketching trip to Algonquin Park with Tom Thomson in May, 1914: "The first night spent in the North and the thrilling days after were turning points in my life ... the bush, the trails, lakes, waterfalls ... moving camp from one wonderful lake to another-portage and tent pitching, fishing and sketching-and above all, the companionship of a great individual, a wonder with canoe, axe and fish line." Those words describe a pivotal point in the history of Canadian art when a select group of artists lead by Thomson were destined to establish a new Canadian school of art. Amy's painting "Figures, 2016" is based upon a photograph illustrating that moment when Lismer and Thomson are canoeing and sketching in May, 1914 in Algonquin Park, Ontario. The work is German Expressionism in style, slashes of brilliant colour emphasizing the abstract forms and background of the canoeists. Amy has stated "the truest picture of a moment-the figure of a place-occurs in a balanced abstraction of everyday perspectives. To convey this I combine line, form and colour to represent and yet slightly distort my subject matter-this creates a field of view that is both familiar and enigmatic."