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Amy Dryer

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Bridge Over

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Mirrored Walls

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Child's Walk

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Train Yard Lines

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Bridge Blueprint

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Blue Bridge with Crow

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Blue Bridge at Dusk

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Down the Street

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Through the Wire I

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Through the Wire II

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Through the Wire III

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North

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Train Through

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Homeward

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Windows & Wires

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Alley

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Typography

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Walk I

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Strings

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Falling Into

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Cello

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Centre Stage

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Evolution to Red

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Fiddler

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Changing Notes Isold

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Duosold

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Finding Continuum

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Push Pull

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In Stride

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With Grace

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Turning Point

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Beyond, Beyond

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In Stepsold

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Into the Fire Isold

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Into the Fire IIsold

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Into the Fire IIIsold

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Internal

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Three Part Harmonies I

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Three Part Harmonies II

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Three Part Harmonies III

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Tango Embrace

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Trust

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Twins II

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Tune

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Cross Over

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Overlapsold

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Petals and Rain

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Poise

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Focus I

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Focus IIsold

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Facing

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Surfers

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Red Umbrellas

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Trunks I

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Trunks II

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Trunks III

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Gold Dust

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Swept Away

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Totems Isold

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Totems IIsold

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Blue Birch

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City Patterns I

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City Patterns II

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Entangled Umbrella

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Blues Band

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Twin Dances

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Queen of Hearts I

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Queen of Hearts II

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Rouge I

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Waiting I

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Waiting II

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Hidden Pathway

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Day Dreaming

 

 

 



Amy Dryer

Artist Statement

My work is situated within the artistic and theoretical spectrum of German expressionism. Like German expressionism, my style is bold, free and personal. It tends to combine contrastive colors with immediate expressive gestures. This technique conveys a sense of energy and power to a viewer – a power of emotional expression. Though my brush strokes may be aggressive, they are balanced by a sensitivity to line, form and draftsmanship. I think of my paintings as human calligraphy combined with the power and simplicity of primitive mark making.

My style mirrors my subjects. Personal marks reflect the small, sweeping, passing moments of various subjects including: music, women, children, flowers, landscapes and butterflies. Through my brushstrokes – either dramatically layered or elegantly simple – I explore abstract themes of movement, stillness, and transformation.

In correlation with my style, I create paintings and drawings that capture gestures and patterns around me. My most recent work focuses on women’s private, unseen moments that pass and are gone. Likewise, my musical paintings depict the lyrical, impermanent moments of musical creation. The paintings of butterflies embody a sense of expectation, while the images of children become swirling moments of gesture and recollection. My expressive combination of bold brush strokes and soft drawing lines capture the under-layers, subtleties, complexities, and vulnerabilities of everyday moments.

Biography

Amy Dryer attended the Alberta College of Art and Design, the Glasgow School of Art (Scotland) and the Fine Art program at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts. She completed an artist residency at Emma Lake, Saskatchewan in 2009. Heritage Property Corporation chose Amy to receive the 2009 Purchase Award. In 2008, she was on the cover of Avenue Magazine as 'Calgary's Best' and more recently she has been featured as a 'Profiled Artist' in the 2012/2013 Issue of Essential Magazine. Amy is now preparing for a show at Axis Contemporary Art that will be exhibited in the spring of 2013. Her most recent work explores the origins of a city. Amy's paintings are in a number of collections throughout Canada, and the US, including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts public art collection. Amy is based in Calgary, AB.

www.fragmentsofsoul.com

Education

2009 Emma Lake Residency Saskatoon, SK
2002 Mount Allison University Sackville, NB
2000 Glasgow School of Art Scotland
1997-2000 Alberta College of Art and Design Calgary, AB

Selected Solo / Two Artist Exhibitions

2012 A Collection of Notes Elevation Gallery
Canmore, AB
2012 Unfolding Trinity Galleries
Saint John, NB
2011 Stage Axis Contemporary Art
Calgary, AB
2009 Awaiting the Butterfly Arthouse
Calgary, AB
2007 Between Trinity Galleries
Saint John, NB
2005 Amidst Life's Garden Trinity Galleries
Saint John, NB
2005 Ways of Knowing Untitled Artist Society
Alberta

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012 The Object Ethnography Project NY University
New York, NY
2011 Body of Evidence Elevation Gallery
Canmore , AB
2011-2010 First & Second Annual Brush Off Competition Galerie Avenue
Montreal, QU
2011 Masterpiece Contemporary Art Gallery of Calgary
Calgary, AB
2011 ASA Forest Show Alberta Traveling Exhibit
AB
2010 Rebirth Trinity Galleries
Saint John, NB
2010 Winter Juried Art Show The Old School House Arts Centre
Qualicum Beach, BC
2009 The Bare Skin Show Trinity Galleries
Saint John, NB
2008 ROUTES Arthouse
Calgary, AB
2008 Being Human: An International Juried Exhibition Leighton Centre
Calgary, AB
2007 FLIGHT Arthouse
Calgary, AB
2005 The Picnic Project Swoon Gallery
Toronto, ON
2004-2003 Square Foot Show AWOL Gallery
Toronto, ON
2004 Spring Art Exhibition Hummingbird Center
Toronto, ON
2000 Exchange Students Exhibit Glasgow School of Art
UK

Reviews/Media

  • 2012 - Alexander, Rob, Branches, Skies Transposed: Rocky Mountain Outlook, Canmore, AB
  • 2012 - Doig, Ian, Artists to Watch: Two Takes on Artistic Process, Essential Calgary 2012/13
  • 2012 - Doig, Ian, Editor's Pick, Where Magazine, Calgary, AB
  • 2010 - Hayes, Scott, Human form uncovered for exhibit: Go Figure opening at Studio Gallery, Preview, St-Albert
  • 2008 - Neighbors, Route finding takes painters on artistic voyage, The Arts, Calgary Herald, Calgary, AB
  • 2008 - Montgomery, Bryson, CKUA Radio Interview, Calgary, AB
  • 2008 - Attwell, Karen, Best Of Calgary, AVENUE magazine, front cover & inside cover, Calgary AB
  • 2007 - Bennett, Fern, Hopping for Saint John culture, here, Saint John, NB
  • 2006 - Blagrave, Sheila, Alumni Profile: Recent Fine Arts Grad Living her Dream, RECORD No. 81, Sackville, NB
  • 2005 - Paddy, Patricia, Answers in the Arts, Faith Today, Sept-Oct 2005
  • 2005 - Kerr, Kate, Saint John Art scene is hopping, Saint John Telegraph Journal, SJ, NB
  • 2004 - Rai, Illiki, Rising Women, Front cover & Inside cover, Calgary, AB

Awards

  • 2011 - Alberta Foundation for the Arts Purchase Award, Calgary, AB, Recipient
  • 2009 - Heritage Property Corporation Art Competition, Winner, Lougheed Building, Calgary, AB
  • 2001 - Printmaking Award, 3rd Year, Mount Allison, Sackville NB
  • 1997 - West Irwin Scholarship, Calgary AB

Public Collections

  • Alberta Foundation for the Arts
  • TransCanada
  • Heritage Property Corporation
  • AGS Energy
  • Whiskey Jack Resources
  • Courtyard Group
  • Pengrowth
  • Strathcona Tweedsmuir School
  • The Calgary Children's Hospital
  • The Doorway
  • The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Lazy Poet Creative