about the artist
Amanda Clyne was a corporate lawyer who, after the trauma of 9/11, left her New York firm to become a painter. She studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York before graduating with the Drawing and Painting medal from OCAD University in 2009. In 2014, Amanda completed her MFA (Visual Arts) from York University. Her work has been featured in many publications and blogs, including New York's Hyperallergic blog, Canada's Flare magazine and Italy's L'Espresso. Most recently, she was awarded an Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant. Her work has been exhibited in Europe, the U.S. and across Canada and is in the corporate collections of such companies as Mercedes Benz, Holt Renfrew and Astra Zeneca.
Amanda Clyne's studio practice is driven by her interest in portraiture, art history, representations of the feminine, and the affect of textiles and couture. Through digital and material processes, she dismantles images from the history of painting and contemporary culture to explore their contradictory promises of intimacy and spectacle, desire and futility, immortality and evanescence. Her final works portray the fragile nature of seeing and of being seen.
Read more in her essay Excavating Artifice.