York University (BA Hons Fine Art, 2008 / 2008)
What is your favourite film of all time?
I love the documentary series Planet Earth... specifically the mountain, fresh water and seasonal forest episodes.
What music are you currently listening to and why?
I'd have to say that dance/rock music both excite and energize my painting practice!
Which living artists do you most admire and why?
I'm amazed by Andrew Rucklidge's encaustic paintings and Edward Burtynsky's photographic works. They both create unique, visually compelling and inspirational works of art.
Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?
I admire Salvador Dali's imagination, unique style and brilliant use of colour.
Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition at Nathan Phillips Square is always full of inspiration. I can see work from hundreds of established AND undiscovered artists at once in a fresh-air environment.
What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?
Q: How do you come up with all your ideas? A: I'm inspired by things that I see everyday and those that I travel to find. Ideas are always flowing in my mind.
What / who inspired you to be an artist?
I've dreamt about becoming an artist for as long as I can remember…. only now I realize I've always been one.
Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any the significance of this location is?
Since my work begins with my own photography, location is a vital element of my work. I travel as much as I can—in the last two years I've managed to take trips to Croatia, Peru, Alberta, Florida and New York—the impact on my work has been incredible. I live and paint in a place that I want to "naturally" enhance--the urban core of Toronto, Canada.
What do you like most about being an artist?
I get to do what I love best every single day.
What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
One weekend last summer I won two awards at once: the 1st place "Public's Choice Award" at the Elaine Fleck Gallery and the 3rd place "Audience Choice Award" at the Queen West Art Crawl in Toronto…. I was glowing for a week!
What are your plans for the coming year?
Besides painting and exhibiting my work internationally, I hope to do a studio exchange with an artist abroad and begin a larger painting project: A 50m long canvas painting!
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Amy Shackleton’s urban-landscape paintings bring nature back into the city to get ideas flowing, encourage environmental initiatives and motivate sustainable communities. Amy speaks of her work as a proposal for collaboration between urban and rural environments. She shows us that the urban, at its best, will have to be: inclusive, accommodating, responsible, perceptive, and sustainable. Vibrant and optimistic (at times playful) her paintings remind us of work still to be done, yet in an informative and inspired mode, free of gloom and despondency.
Drawing inspiration from her own global travels and photographs, Amy builds liquid cities with the tip of her brush. Using acrylic washes, erratic paint drips, shiny enamel and hard-edge details, she juxtaposes representation/abstraction, urban/rural, gloss/matte and design/spontaneity to accentuate the plurality of landscapes in the city. Her eco-cities suggest vibrant possibilities for urban renewal and inspire other sectors to regenerate, design, and accelerate environmental cities.
Toronto based artist Amy Shackleton is a recent graduate from York University’s BFA program. At only 24, she has exhibited paintings in New York, London, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. Shackleton has received multiple People’s Choice Awards in Toronto. She was a 2010 Signature Art Award Finalist at Degree Art Gallery in London and nominated for the 2010 Palm Art Award in Germany. Her paintings brighten dozens of corporate and private collections across Canada and the United States. Shackleton currently paints full time in her studio on Queen Street West in Toronto
New Works, Solo Exhibition, Gerry Thomas Gallery, Calgary, Canada
Liquid Cities, Solo Exhibition, The Elaine Fleck Gallery, Toronto, Canada
DegreeArt.com, Signature Art Award Finalist, Painting Category, Vyner Street, London
Eco Friendy Expo, New York City, USA
Merge, Art Gallery of Ontario Art Rental and Sales, Toronto, Canada
Ecocities, Solo Exhibition, Gallery 1313, Toronto, Canada
Surreal Landscape, Group Exhibition, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, USA.
Construct, Group Exhibition, Art Gallery of Ontario Art Rentaland Sales Gallery, Toronto, Canada
4th Calgary Timeraiser, twelve month art display, First Calgary Savings Office, Calgary, Canada
Queen West Art Crawl, Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto, Canada
2010 - Artslant Showcase Winner.
2010 - Palm Art Award Nominee, Germany.
2010 Signature Art Award Finalist, Painting Category, Degree Art Gallery, London
2009 - Public ‘s Choice Award: 1st place, The Elaine Fleck Gallery, Toronto ON
2009 - Audience Choice Award: 3rd place, Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto O
Recently sold artwork
Sift Through the CitySize(HxWxD):114.3x76.2x4cm
En Route (Peru + Toronto)Size(HxWxD):114.3x76.2x4cm
Over & AboveSize(HxWxD):76x114x5cm
Maple Leaf SquareSize(HxWxD):66x97x5cm