Amy Shackleton is a Canadian artist specializing in painting. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours degree from York University (2008) and participated in the Continuing Studies program at OCAD University. Her paintings adorn over one hundred private and corporate collections, including the Colart Collection, Facebook Canada and the University of Cincinnati. Amy has exhibited extensively across Canada and the United States. Her 53-foot-long painting, The Great Canadian LEEDscape (2017) is currently on exhibit at THEMUSEUM in Kitchener as part of a national tour. Her paintings depict an uncertain future where cities are combined with nature. Taking inspiration from her travels, she explores the conflicting relationships that exist between humanity and the environment. As the urgency of climate change rises and extreme weather events become more frequent, questions about our future—be they utopian or apocalyptic—are made more urgent. Amy’s painting process references opposing forces in her work. In place of conventional brushes, squeeze bottles and gravity create her paintings. Liquid paint is dripped, poured and layered, while the canvas is rotated to steer the drip and fall of the paint. Architectural aspects are calculated, measured and controlled. These are the precise marks of reality. Natural elements embody the spontaneous, unpredictable and more liquid impulse. She was one of fourteen artists and designers whose work was exhibited as part of “FORM Together”, a collaborative hoarding exhibit developed in partnership with OCAD University and Tridel.
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