With my work I aim to create awareness, stimulate dialogue and propose new possibilities for co-existence between man and the environment. My paintings are intended to portray urban life at its best, demonstrating ways that we can work with nature rather than against it. I explore continually evolving approaches to preserving our environment, living more efficiently and using fewer natural resources. My art suggests how we can implement innovative solutions for city planning and development with minimal impact on surrounding habitats.
I have developed a unique technique that, according to over one million viewers, has never been practiced before. I don’t use paintbrushes—I drip paint with squeeze bottles to build layers of organic lines (by spraying water and rapidly spinning each canvas) and straight lines (using a level). As in real life construction, the architectural aspects of my work are calculated, measured and controlled in order to assure precise locations of each line. As in nature, the environmental elements are more spontaneous, unpredictable and liquid.
Canadian artist Amy Shackleton (b.1986) has exhibited paintings in New York City, London, Massachusetts, Colorado, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. A timelapse video revealing her unique process has reached over 1,000,000 people worldwide. Shackleton has been interviewed on live television shows, such as CTV Canada AM and CHCH Morning Live. Her work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Magenta Magazine, New York Magazine, Fashion Magazine, CBC, CBS, Gizmodo, My Modern Met and Oddity Central. Shackleton was a speaker at the 15th Canadian Arts Summit in Banff and Artscape Salon in Toronto. She has received multiple grants to create/exhibit her work through the Ontario Arts Council. Shackleton’s paintings adorn dozens of private and corporate collections across North America, including the Colart Collection in Montreal and the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. She received her BFA Honours Degree from York University in 2008. Shackleton is represented by the Elaine Fleck Gallery in Toronto and the Mike Wright Gallery in Denver.
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