Approved: 02.09.2006

Amy Olds

Artist, Maker

Approved: 02.09.2006

My paintings combine the formal language of two-dimensional frontality with the beguiling illusion of space created within an abstract picture plane. By employing random and sometimes ambiguous layers the paint is shaped and surrounded by pattern thus creating a series of amorphous forms that seem to continue outside the boundaries of the painted surface. Each painting begins as a collection of loose,

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Private commissions, Studio practice
  • Categories: Painting
  • Tags: Abstract painting, Contemporary painting, Geometric pattern, Abstract Expressionism
 

Biography

My paintings combine the formal language of two-dimensional frontality with the beguiling illusion of space created within an abstract picture plane. By employing random and sometimes ambiguous layers the paint is shaped and surrounded by pattern thus creating a series of amorphous forms that seem to continue outside the boundaries of the painted surface. Each painting begins as a collection of loose, gestural colour shapes upon which patterns and lines are built up or set against. Although the subsequent layers are influenced by, and in a sense mapping the initial gesture, it is clear that they are the result of a completely different mark-making process. The first action is free, large and expressionistic, while the secondary actions are self-consciously repetitive. Despite being process based these paintings are not entirely free of decorative manipulation. My use of repetition and pattern derives from my interest in creating a different pace within the work for viewers to engage with and different focal points for them to discover and enjoy. The choices I make about the colours and shapes are purely aesthetic but at the same time a tool with which to slow down the speed of perception and create optical challenges. Texture and colour relationships become tactile elements that contribute to the overall feeling of the painting whilst the patterns refer to the canvas fabric upon which the painting sits. The substance of the paint itself and the rawness of the mark-making form the textural variations that add to the visual depth of the work.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1996 - MA Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Solo exhibitions 2012 - Paintings at 10 Gresham Street, Foyer of office building until Jan 2013, 10 Gresham St, London EC2V 7JD 2004 - New Paintings by Amy Olds, Pond Galleries@Leigh Buckland, London Group exhibitions 2007 - New Paintings by Amy Olds and Ilia Petrovich, Conningsby Gallery, Tottenham Street, London W1 2005 - The ART Show, The Menier Gallery, London 2004 - Liquid/ curated group show, Stroud House Gallery, Stroud 2004 - Neighbourhood/ curated group show, Freise Green Gallery, Brighton Residencies 1998 - Painting Residency, Arteleku, San Sebastian, Spain Other 2007 - Art Auction for Medical Foundation for the Victims of Torture, The Building Centre, Store Street, London 2007 - Shortlist for Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London