Amy Dryer

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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.


2013  The ‘Dizziness of Correspondences’ themed 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

Selected Solo/Two Artist Exhibitions

2015  Viewpoint, Masters Gallery, Calgary AB
2014  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

 Selected Group Exhibitions

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 AB
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 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


2011 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Purchase Award, Calgary AB, Recipient
2009 Heritage Property Corporation Art Competition, Winner, Lougheed Building, Calgary AB
2001 Printmaking Award, 3rd Year, Mount Allison, Sackville NB
1997 West Irwin Scholarship, Calgary AB


Alberta Foundation for the Arts The Calgary Children’s Hospital The Doorway
Medical Ministry International Strathcona Tweedsmuir School Trans Canada
Heritage Property Corporation The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Pengrowth
Whiskey Jack Resources Courtyard Group Toronto AGS Energy

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