Amy Shackleton paints representational works with a drip technique normally reserved for abstraction. She applies the paint with squeeze bottles and rotates her canvas to guide each drip as it falls down the stretched surface. Thorough planning, measuring and layering is involved, but she’s at the mercy of gravity.
The natural force of gravity allows for a refreshing unpredictability that helps illustrate the organic elements in her work. To combat the natural, she uses a rotating easel and a level–creating straight lines, controlled curves, and eventually, concrete buildings.
Toronto based artist Amy Shackleton (b.1986) has exhibited paintings in New York City, London, Massachusetts, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. Recently, a timelapse video revealing her unique process went viral, reaching over 1,000,000 people. Shackleton was recently interviewed on the national television show, CTV Canada AM. Her work has appeared in the Huffington Post, New York Magazine, CBC, CBS, Gizmodo, My Modern Met and Oddity Central. A review of her April 2012 solo exhibition can be found in the Spring Issue of Magenta Magazine. Shackleton was invited to speak on a panel about “Making Art in the Age of New Media” at the 15th Canadian Arts Summit in Banff. She is currently working on a 50 foot long painting, partially funded by 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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