American Artist Amy Hutcheson creates large abstract paintings that are a response to daily life. Her compositions explore relationships between space, line, color and form. Each canvas begins with an idea of a figurative image that is then translated into a series of abstract shapes. Forms intersect and overlap to create a strong figure-ground relationship. Surfaces are layered on top of each other and then erased and manipulated. As a result, each image unfurls then curls up within itself, folding and unfolding at the same time. Each painting explores what is intimate, what is on display, what is cherished and abandoned. Many of her pieces reveal pencil marks to show the artists hand, inviting the viewer to extend their gaze along the picture plane.
Hutcheson’s works are fueled by joy, physical movement and synesthesia. Her interest in mark-making originates from her background in illustration. For the artist, the marks that lay just under the surface reveal the most intimate aspects of the self. Each title of work further unveil hints and give pause to the viewer. Working in a large scale, each piece becomes a transformative environment.
Her work has been exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States including, Globe Fine Art, Santa Fe; Mongerson Gallery, Chicago; The Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville; and Jack Robinson Gallery, Memphis. Her work is included in several private and corporate collections in Memphis and Chicago.
Born 1972, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Education - Bachelors of Fine Art from Memphis College of Art - 2004
2017 “Transmissions” Callioppe Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee
2015 “Of Weight and Light and Space” Mongerson Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2014 New Works , Church Center, Memphis, Tennessee
2012 "Shifting and Being” Invitational, Memphis Collage of Art Alumni Gallery, Memphis, TN
2012 “Transformation" Invitational,Nathan and Dorothy Shainberg Gallery, Memphis, TN
2011 "Transformation" Invitational,Playhouse on the Square, Memphis, TN
2010 “Urban Jungle” Invitational, Askew, Nixon and Ferguson, Memphis, TN
2009 “Playing in Traffic”Invite, Memphis Botanic Gardens, Memphis,TN
2008 “Pura Vida” , Eclectic Eye, Memphis, TN
2007 “Intersections”, Eclectic Eye, Memphis, TN
2006 “Straight from the Hip”Eclectic Eye, Memphis, TN
2005 “If This Is My Eden”, Eclectic Eye, Memphis, TN
2002. “Rejoice”, Painted Planet, Memphis, TN
2008 Broad Street Art Walk, Invitational, The Hungry Artist Gallery, Memphis, TN.Curated by Larry Patton.
2007 Broad Street Art Walk, Invitational, The Hungry Artist Gallery, Memphis, TN. Curated by Larry Patton.
2012 From The Ground Up, Juried, The Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, TN, Curated by Janet Yanez
2012 Real People, Northwest Area Art Council, Crystal Lake, Illinois
2012 Best in Show, From The Ground Up, The Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, TN, Juror N. Elizabeth Schlatter
2011 Nominee, Emmett O'Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration, Nominated by The Brooks Museum
Sedgwick, Memphis, TN
Horne LLC, Memphis, TN
Credit One Building, Chicago, IL
Askew, Nixon and Ferguson Architect Firm, Memphis, TN
Theo’s Bistro, Memphis, TN
*Frederic Koeppel, "Full color paintings continue Amy Hutcheson's 'Transformation” The Commercial Appeal, Go Memphis supplement, May 24, 2012
*Frederic Koeppel, " Abstract Sketches Mark Breakthrough for Amy Hutcheson in "Transformation" The Commercial Appeal, Go Memphis supplements, September 29, 2011 terror
David Hinske, "Conversation with Amy Hutcheson", Taos and Beyond Blog Spot, http://sagefarmart.blogspot.com , August 23, 2011
Donahue, Michael. “Pure Vibes from Costa Rica” GO Memphis August 18, 2008 http://www.gomemphis.com/news/2008/aug/18/our-town/
*Carol Knowels, "One-Two Punch"' The Memphis Flyer, September 2006
Amy Rice, "Examining Eden", RSVP Magazine, June 2005
Jeremy Houston, "An Interview with Amy Hutcheson", Number Magazine, No. 52, August 2004