Urban Forrest (Vancouver + Alberta), 2010, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 24 x 34 in.
Elevation (Peru + Chicago), 2010, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 18 x 24 in.
The Hidden City (Peru + New York City), 2009, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 45 x 60 in.
Maple Leaf Square (Toronto + Picton), 2011, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 26 x 38 in.
Rapid Growth (Toronto), 2010, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 22 x 30 in.
Making Waves (Toronto + Croatia), 2010, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 30 x 45 in.
Follow Through Boston, Croatia, Venice, + Peru), 2010, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 45 x 45 in.
Piazza Naturale (Rome, Naples, Capri, + Amalfi Coast), 2010, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 60 x 90 in.
About The Artist
At only 25, Toronto based artist Amy Shackleton has exhibited paintings in New York, London, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. Shackleton’s work was recently selected for purchase by the Colart Collection in Montreal. She was a finalist in the 2010 Signature Art Awards at Degree Art Gallery in London and nominated for the 2010 and 2011 Palm Art Awards in Germany. (AIM artistry)
Amy Shackleton paints post-induatrial worlds that blur the boundaries between what is urban/rural, real/surreal and concrete/organic. Drawing inspiration from her own global travels and photographs, Shackleton fuses opposing worlds to create her own visions of the future.
Shackleton’s technique is calculated yet spontaneous reflecting her urban and natural inspiration. She uses squeez bottles to apply her paint, then rotates the canvas to manipulate each and every drip. Using the natural force of gravity she controls the flow of paint but also allows for unpredictable results.
Shackleton 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.