One of my paintings from my New Realm series has recently found a new home. The painting is titled Acceptance and is one of my largest paintings at 48″ wide by 36″ high. View more paintings from the series here: http://amyguidry.com/beginning.html.
One of my New Realm paintings has found a new home. Freedom is currently on exhibit at Gallery 549 in downtown Lafayette, Louisiana- though not for long! It is an acrylic on canvas, and 48″wide by 24″ high. If you haven’t seen it in person, now is the time to do so. The exhibit is up now through September 6th and features several of my New Realm paintings. View the entire series online here: amyguidry.com/freedom.html.
My New Realm series was recently featured on Artsy Forager. Editor Lesley Frenz writes “…There’s been talk of women’s rights, gender equality, etc. It seems as women, we still struggle against the fairy tales we grow up with versus the reality of living as a contemporary female. In her New Realm series, Louisiana artist Amy Guidry weaves a new kind of story, as surreal as any myth yet grounded in modern strength.” View online at this direct link: http://artsyforager.com/2012/12/17/amy-guidry/.
My recent New Realm solo exhibition received a great review on the Southern contemporary art blog, Louisianaesthetic. Reggie Michael Rodrigue said of my work, “It’s basically about the ability to choose one’s direction or directions without distraction, without shackles, and without having to ask for permission from the powers that be. Guidry seems to be saying that the real power resides inside all of us, whether we are innies, outties are something in between. We can all be “forces of nature” as long as we tend to ourselves and our surroundings with diligence, curiosity, wisdom and love.” Exactly. Read the review online at: http://louisianaesthetic.com/2012/07/22/beauty-and-the-beasts-in-the-new-realm-amy-guidry-at-lafayettes-ballet-academy/ .
I just realized that I’ve been slacking a bit and did exactly what I would tell other artists not to do. I forgot to get photos of a few paintings. They were in an exhibit almost immediately after being finished, hence the mistake. Though I’ve had plenty of time since then to rectify it…. One is now sold, which at least if I need a photo of it I can get one from the buyer, but that is not always the case, therefore it’s important to always document. The good news is I do have a photo of the other painting that sold- Spring. Both paintings are acrylic on canvas, 5″ x 5″ each, and from my New Realm series, which you can see the larger paintings in the series here: www.amyguidry.com/beginning.html.
Another New Realm painting has found a new home. Awakening is one of the earlier paintings from the series and is one of the largest at 48″ wide by 24″ high. The single butterfly represents growth and freedom, themes that are heavily present in this series. As stated on my website, New Realm challenges the antiquated views of women as often seen in fairy tales. Using a surreal backdrop, it is a modern tale which presents the heroine as a strong and courageous woman. I’m also happy to say that several paintings from this series will be included in a upcoming exhibition featuring works from early in my career to the present. More details on that closer to time. Meanwhile, you can check out this series as well as a closeup of Awakening at www.amyguidry.com/awakening.html.
Another painting from my New Realm series has found a new home. The painting is titled Release and was done in 2008. It is an acrylic on canvas, 36″ wide by 48″ high. This is a popular painting from the series and one of the more substantially sized ones. The new owners were particularly moved by this piece and likewise, I was moved by the significance this painting had for them. I won’t go into any details here because it is a personal story and will remain so. However, it just goes to show that it truly does not matter if you are not an artist or an art historian in order to appreciate art. I would never deny someone their feelings towards a piece because those feelings are based on personal experiences and memories that I know nothing about. Sure, I have my own thoughts, feelings, and reasons behind my paintings, but that doesn’t make them any more “legit” than those of others. The same could be said for books, poetry, music, movies, and so on. I was truly touched by what these new collectors had to say, and appreciated that they shared something so personal with me. Their story has actually added to my own story behind the work. I enjoy telling stories through my art, but I love to hear the stories that others have to tell as well.
I recently had a nice surprise- I did an interview for Country Roads magazine and my painting “Introspective” is on the cover of their October issue. The issue’s theme is “Myths & Legends” so my New Realm series was a good fit. “Introspective” is an acrylic on canvas, 40″w x 30″h, and even though it is sold, there are several available paintings from the same series. New Realm, in short, challenges the antiquated views of women as often seen in fairy tales. Using a surreal backdrop, it is a modern tale which presents the heroine as a strong and courageous woman. To view a larger image of the cover, as well as read the interview with James Fox-Smith, go to this direct link: http://countryroadsmagazine.com/2011/october-2011-issue.
I had a delightful surprise arrive in the mail the other day. My copies of the CALYX Journal featuring my work on the cover arrived! I’m honored to be the cover artist for their 35th Anniversary- Special Expanded edition, and not only that, but my work is on the inside as well. My painting “Adaptation” is on the cover and “Freedom” is on page 65. Both paintings are from my “New Realm” series which is a modern and surreal spin on fairytales in which the woman is the heroine, not the victim.
The CALYX Journal is comprised of art and literature by women, including poetry, photography, paintings, short stories, essays, and reviews. They were also the first in the U.S. to publish Frida Kahlo’s (one of my Surrealist heroes) works in color.