Amy Dury obtained her BFA in Printmaking from Glasgow School of Art in 1997 followed by her MFA from Brighton University in 2001. She also has a PGCE in Art & Design obtained in 2002.
Her exhibition history includes; 1997 Glasgow Print Studio Prize, 1998 Royal West of England Show, 2003 Artist in Residence, Croydon College, 2005-20019 Brighton Open Houses May Exhibition, various venues, 2018 Gallery 31 Brighton Solo Show, 2019 Cameron Contemporary Summer Show, 2019 gnt gallery Eastbourne Solo Show, 2019 Cameron Contemporary 'Fresh Paint'; 2019/2020 Cameron Contemporary, Winter Show, 2020 Cameron Contemporary, Festival Show.
Amy states of her practice;
From the years at the Glasgow School of Art studying printmaking, I am interested in layers, underpainting and process. I try to combine gesture and character with ideas of rich colour, areas of loose and tight, and confidence in line. My main art influences are Edgar Degas, Kaye Donachie, Peter Doig and John Singer Sargent. All use the figure to convey narrative alongside beautiful painterly technique.
My subject matter is mostly figurative, I am naturally drawn to imagery from the past, especially the 70’s and 80’s, and the work of British social documentary photographers. The activity of choosing imagery and selecting composition is key to the final outcome. Looking back into our recent past is an act of remembering and nostalgic mis-remembering, with photographs becoming the memory which constructs stories about ourselves. I am also drawn to the times gone past which seem less self conscious, more free and full of what we were becoming.