For the month of September, I will be exhibiting alongside Kristyn Watterworth at The Elaine Fleck Gallery in Toronto. I hope to see you at the opening reception on Saturday September 12th, from 2-5pm!
Amy Shackleton aims to stimulate dialogue and propose new possibilities for co-existence between man and the environment. Her paintings are intended to portray urban life at its best, demonstrating ways that we can work with nature rather than against it. She explores continually evolving approaches to preserving our environment, living more efficiently and using fewer natural resources. Shackleton’s art suggests how we can implement innovative solutions for city planning and development with minimal impact on surrounding habitats. Shackleton developed a unique technique to complement her themes. She doesn’t use paintbrushes—she drips paint with squeeze bottles to build layers of organic lines (by spraying water and rapidly spinning each canvas) and straight lines (using a level). As in real life construction, the architectural aspects of her work are calculated, measured and controlled in order to assure precise locations of each line. As in nature, the environmental elements are more spontaneous, unpredictable and liquid.
Kristyn Watterworth is a Canadian painter who puts questions of originality, transcendence, and history at the core of her work. Her large scale paintings rest between representation and abstraction. Her intuitive process involves the dense layering of acrylic paint on canvas. These textured layers are overlaid with expressive mark-making and line work. Her work addresses the layering of time, space, and location. Drawing from Italian Futurism, hard-edged abstraction, abstract expressionism, and urban graffiti, her gestural and colourful works present a collision and reanimation of historical styles and motifs from the timeline of 20th century art. Watterworth uses the painted surface as a map to imagined realities, where genres collide and commingle.