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The Ancient New

The Ancient New

Every landscape surrounds us with what is both ancient and new.  In the west, we are close to the mountains, while in the east, the ancient ocean shapes the landscape. Though the presence of the ocean is old, and seems that is has always been there, it is also new every day.

This body of paintings expresses that which is simultaneously old and new – a woman arranging flowers in a vase, a building that is surrounded by stars on a hill in Saint John, an inner space and window containing flowers, a table ready for visitors, a collection of people in front of the ocean.  These images are old, ancient really: symbolic in their representations of a generation of people and the patterns of their lives. Like the ocean waves, both new and old, generation after generation find peace and connection in simple everyday objects and perspectives. These stories are both unique and historical


Artist Statement

“My gestural style – characteristic of German Expressionism – emphasizes the subjective expression of inner experiences. The truest picture of a moment – the figure of a place – occurs in a balanced abstraction of everyday perspectives. To convey this I combine line, form and colour to represent and yet slightly distort my subject matter. This creates a field of view that is both familiar and enigmatic.”


Amy Dryer attended the Alberta College of Art and Design, the Glasgow School of Art (Scotland) and the Fine Art program at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts. In 2014, she was the among The Top 40 Under 40 Recipients chosen by Avenue Magazine, and in 2008, she was on the cover of Avenue Magazine as ‘Calgary’s Best.’ She has been featured as a ‘Profiled Artist’ in both Essential Magazine and Galleries West Magazine.  She completed an artist residency at Emma Lake Saskatchewan in 2009 and at the Banff Centre in 2013. Amy’s paintings are in a number of collections throughout Canada, and the US, including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts public art collection. Amy is based in Calgary, AB.

AMY DRYER CV:Bachelor of Fine Arts, English Minor

2018                                                     SIM Berlin Residency, Berlin, Germany

2017                                                     SIM Residency, Reyjavik, Iceland

2013                                            The ‘Dizziness of Correspondences’ Residency, The

Banff Centre, Banff AB

2009                                                     Emma Lake Residency, Saskatoon, SK

2002                                                     Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB

2000                                                     Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, UK

1997-2000                                              Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB



2019                                                     The Ancient New, Buckland Merrifield Gallery, Saint John,


2018                                                     Equilibrium, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, AB

2018                                                     Primary, Masters Gallery, Calgary, AB

2017                                                     Stella Polaris, Masters Gallery, Calgary, AB

2017                                                     Turning East, Buckland Merrifield Gallery, Saint John, NB

2016                                                     Immanence: Devoted to the Ground, Close to the Sky,

Elevation Gallery, Canmore, AB

2016                                                     Algonquin, Masters Gallery, Calgary, AB

2015                                                     Viewpoint, Masters Gallery, Calgary AB

2015                                                     Voyage, The Front Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2014                                                     Traces of Memory, Masters Gallery, Calgary AB

2014                                                     The Tattooed Ladies, Women’s Resource Centre,

University of Calgary, AB

2013                                                     Urban Blueprints, Axis Contemporary Art, Calgary AB

2012                                                     A Collection of Notes, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, AB

2012                                                     Unfolding, Trinity Galleries, Saint John, NB

2011                                                     Stage,Axis Contemporary Art, Calgary AB

2010                                                     Men and Women: Private Moments, Propeller Centre for the Arts, Toronto, ONT

2009                                                     Awaiting the Butterfly, Arthouse, Calgary AB

2005                                                     Ways of Knowing, Untitled Artist Society, Calgary, AB

2004                                                     Home, Trinity Galleries, Saint John, NB



2019                                                     Slow Reflections,Mortar & Brick Gallery, Lethbridge, AB

2018                                                     Trains, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina SK

2018                                                     Out of the Studio, Masters Gallery, Calgary, AB

2018                                                     Enough, ArtPoint, Calgary, AB

2018                                                     Peoples Portrait Prize 2018, cSpace, Calgary, AB

2018                                                     Spitting Images: the eye of the artist, Masters Gallery,

Calgary, AB

2017                                                     40thAnniversary Exhibit, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK

2017                                                     Peoples Portrait Prize 2017, cSpace, Calgary, AB

2017                                                     It helps to anticipate things that have not happened,

SIM Gallery, Reyjavik, Iceland

2016                                                     LOOK 2016, Contemporary Calgary, Calgary, AB

2016                                                     Calgary Ranch Project, Calgary Stampede, AB

2016                                                     Prescribed Burn, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, AB




2016                                                     New Artists Group Show, Buckland Merrifield Gallery, Saint

John, NB

2016                                                     Small Works Group Show, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK

2014                                                     Traces Of Memory Part 2, Elevation Gallery, Canmore AB

2013                                                     New Artist Group Show, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina SK

2013                                                     Cultivation, Elevation Gallery, Canmore AB

2012                                                     The Object Ethnography Project, NY University, New

York, New York

2011                                                     Body of Evidence, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, AB

2011-2010                                              First &Second Annual Brush Off Competition,

Galerie Avenue, Montreal, QU

2011                                                    Masterpiece Contemporary,Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary


2011                                                     ASA Forest Show, Alberta Traveling Exhibit, AB

2011                                                     New Artists Group Show,Axis Contemporary Art, Calgary

2010                                                     Rebirth,Trinity Galleries, Saint John, NB

2010                                                     Winter Juried Art Show, The Old School House Arts Centre,

Qualicum Beach, B.C.

2009                                                     The Bare Skin Show, Trinity Galleries, Saint John, NB

2008                                                     ROUTES, Arthouse, Calgary AB

2008                                                     Being Human: An International Juried Exhibition,

Leighton Centre, Calgary AB

2007                                                     FLIGHT, Arthouse, Calgary AB

2006                                                     2006 National Open Portrait Exhibition, Red Deer Museum, Red Deer, AB

2005                                                     The Picnic Project, Swoon Gallery, Toronto, ONT

2004–2003                                             Square Foot Show, AWOL gallery, Toronto, ONT

2004                                                     Spring Art Exhibition, Hummingbird Center, Toronto, ONT

2000                                                    Exchange Students Exhibit, Glasgow School of Art, UK




2018                                                     Price, Jennifer, Artist Amy Dryer on motherhood, the

energy of Berlin and her newest paintings, Calgary Journal

Published & online, Calgary, AB

2018                                                     Cordero, Deaniell, Local artist Amy Dryer expresses her

travels, her muses and her life through her pieces, Calgary Journal, Calgary, AB

2017                                                     Price, Jennifer, Stella Polaris video, Masters Gallery, Calgary

2017                                                     Fokkens, Jeremy, Behind the Scenes Video & An Artist

Named Amy, Calgary, AB

2017                                                     Cloutier, Jennifer, Process Talks & Interview,

Calgary/ Montreal

2017                                                     The Maritime Edit, Saint John Picks, Saint John, NB

2017                                                     Dryer, Amy, Theatre Junction Blog, Expose, Calgary, AB

2016                                                     Heinricks, Lisa, Awesome People Movement, Audio

Interview, Calgary, AB

2015                                                     Zarzycki, Agatha, A Magical Reality, Where, Calgary AB

2014                                                     Doig, Ian, Memory on Canvas, Hot Art, Where, Calgary AB

2014                                                     Singh, Japreet, Traces of Memory Interview, Banff Centre

Blog, Banff AB

2014                                                     MacPherson, Alex, Tree Line, Verb Regina, Regina AB





2013                                                     Alexander, Rob, Exhibition honors those who inspire, Rocky

Mountain Outlook, Canmore AB

2013                                                     Clayton, Tessa, Calgary Artist paints AIRdirondack Chair,

Airdrie Echo, Airdrie AB

2013                                                     Hardy, Tom, Previews and Profiles, Galleries West


2013                                                     Doig, Ian, Hot Art, Where Magazine, Calgary AB

2012                                                     Alexnader, Rob, Branches, Skies Transposed, Rocky

Mountain Outlook, Canmore AB

2012                                                     Doig, Ian, Artists to Watch: Two Takes on Artistic Process,

ESSENTIAL Calgary 2012/13

2012                                                     Doig, Ian, Editor’s Pick, Where Magazine, Calgary AB

2010                                                     Hayes, Scott, Human form uncovered for exhibit: Go Figure

Opening at Studio Gallery, Preview, St-Albert

2008                                                     Neighbors, Route finding takes painters on artistic voyage, The Arts, Calgary Herald, Calgary, AB

2008                                                     Attwell, Karen, Best Of Calgary, AVENUE,Calgary AB

2007                                                     Bennett, Fern, Hopping for Saint John culture,here, Saint John, NB

2006                                                     Blagrave, Sheila, Alumni Profile: Recent Fine Arts Grad Living her Dream, RECORD No. 81, Sackville, NB

2005                                                     Kerr, Kate, Saint John Art scene is hopping, Saint John Telegraph Journal, SJ, NB

2004                                                     Rai, Illiki, Rising Women, Calgary, AB




2018                                                     Guest Speaker, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB

2017                                                     Guest Speaker, Calgary Secret Society, Masters Gallery,

Calgary, AB

2014                                                     Top 40 Under 40, Avenue Magazine, Calgary, AB

2014                                                     University of CalgaryPanel Speaker, U of C, AB

2011                                                     Alberta Foundation for the Arts Purchase Award, Calgary

AB, Recipient

2009                                                     Heritage Property Corporation Art Competition, Winner,

Lougheed Building, Calgary AB

2008                                                     Best of Calgary, Avenue Magazine, Calgary, AB

2001                                                     Printmaking Award, 3rdYear, Mount Allison, Sackville NB

1997                                                     West Irwin Scholarship, Calgary AB






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