Amy Van Winkle

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Oil Paintings

Encaustic Paintings

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It's simple; I create art because it makes me happy.  I try not to overthink the process of what I’m painting and let my intuition be my guide. I love laying down layers and layers of color not knowing if they’ll emerge later or be sealed in the history of the painting. There’s a distinct relationship between the layers of my paintings and my own life experiences. Revealing bits of history when necessary and keeping certain memories hidden and private.

My paintings become a dialog of these layers, with transparent and opaque details. I build up these layers and then selectively scrape, incise and scar the surface creating a visible and archival history. There's always an element of surprise when my scraper or torch hits the surface. This plays perfectly on my conflicting need for control and spontaneity at the same time. The surfaces I create look delicate, yet they have endured a history of scraping and/or heating. My paintings are a visual representation and diary of my own journey and explorations.

 

Solo and Group Exhibitions

2018

The Other Art Fair, Saatchi Art, Los Angeles, CA   
Abstracta, Roan & Black Gallery, Saugatuck, MI
Abstract Invitational, Keep Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
Artist Tour, ART, Boulder, CO

2017
Diffused Surface, Gallery 201, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL
Beyond the Veil, Keep Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
Building Layers: Modern Encaustic, Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL

 

2016
Context Art Miami, Bluerider Art Gallery, Miami, FL

ART Taipei, Bluerider Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

The Dot Show, Chicago Arts District, Chicago, IL
Improvised Reality, Gallery 201, Argonne Natl. Laboratory, Lemont, IL
Parts and Pieces, Roan & Black Gallery, Saugatuck, MI

2015
Mixed Media, Roan & Black Gallery, Saugatuck, MI
Transition, 15th & West Gallery, Chicago, IL, Curated by Mario Gonzales
Centerline Exhibition, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL, Curated by Sergio Gomez
Bound To The Light, Gallerie 520, Santa Fe, NM
Chicago Invasion, Bluerider Art, Taipei, Taiwan
unchARTed, Motor Row Gallery, Chicago, IL
Textual Encounters, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
Snap Shot, Pop-up show by Roan & Black Gallery, Chicago, IL

2014
Centerline Exhibition, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL, Curated by Sergio Gomez
Unbounded, Morpho Gallery, Chicago, IL, Juried by Kathleen Waterloo & Kathy Roman
Abstractions, Roan & Black Gallery, Saugatuck, MI

2013
Guest Artist, Cornelia Arts Building, Chicago, IL, Juried by Jason Messinger
Winner's Exhibition/8th Annual Emerging Artist, Morpho Gallery, Chicago, IL
Home Grown, Roan & Black Gallery, Saugatuck, MI
Celebrate Chicago, Robin B Gallery, Chicago, IL
Energy Training Center Exhibition, Chicago, IL
Black and White, Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, NY, Juried by Peik Larsen
8th Annual Emerging Artist, Morpho Gallery, Chicago, IL, Curated by Nikki Yagoda

2010
Art For Human Rights Select Preview, Gallery 180/Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, IL

2008
Mixed Media, Fluevog, Chicago, IL

2007
Art Against AIDS Select Preview, Gallery 180/Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, IL