Biography

[New York, NY]

AMY PARK's large-scale watercolor paintings take Modernist architectural facades as their point of departure. Grids are laboriously constructed through repetitive pencil marks and precise watercolor strokes, creating enormous, optically charged fields that mirror the order, layering, scale, and density of information of the urban experience. Amy received a BFA and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Ox-Bow Summer Art School. She was a recipient of a Sharpe-Walentas Space Program Award in 2007-2008, and an Artist-In-Residence at the Serenbe Institute in 2012. Her work has been exhibited widely in the US, including Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY; Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills; Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY; The Suburban, Milwaukee, WI; Project Row House, Houston, TX; The Poor Farm Experiment, Manawa, WI; and Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Her work is in the permanent collections of Fidelity Investments; New York Presbyterian Hospital; The Cleveland Clinic; Deloitte and Touche USA; Microsoft Corporation; The College of DuPage; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; and Drawing Center’s Artist Archive at the Museum of Modern Art. She lives and works in Long Island City, NY with her partner, artist Paul Villinski and their 6-year-old son, Lark.

STATEMENT   |||

Watercolor, architecture, good paper, straight lines, looking at abstract paintings, color theory, composition, buildings I see every day and ones I have never seen, yoga, walking through new cities, my camera, museums…these are all things that are important to me and my practice.

I am fortunate to live in New York City; it is a place that I love. The city is visually fascinating to me. I never tire of looking out the window of a cab or looking up while walking down the street. Buildings, cranes, trucks and streets all contribute to the abstract qualities found in cities all over the world. The lines, repetition, color and shapes pull at my attention. My desire is to take what I see and show its inherent beauty. I am not interested in showing the decay or the toughness that is part of city living. As a person who chooses to live in a city I know the contradictions, but I choose brilliance.

With architecture and abstraction as my subject matter, I create paintings in watercolor. This choice is out of my love for the medium. I like how unpredictable it can be if I let it, but I also love how I am able to paint a straight line. Every painting requires a meditative state where I just paint the lines building a building on the paper.

CURRICULUM VITAE |||

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EDUCATION
2003    MFA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2003    Ox-Bow Art School, Saugatuck, Michigan (Merit Scholarship)
1999    BFA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1991-1992   School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Merit Scholarship)

SELECTED COLLECTIONS AND COMMISSIONS
Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, New York, NY
New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
Fidelity Investments, New York, NY
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH 
College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL
The Poor Farm, Artist’s Residency and Exhibition Space, Manawa, WI
Drawing Center’s Artist Archive, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Deloitte & Touche USA, Chicago, IL
Microsoft Corporation, Seattle, WA

AWARDS
2012    Serenbe Institute, Artist in Residence, Chattahoochee Hills, GA
2007    Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Brooklyn, NY
2006    Drawing Center Viewing Program, New York, NY
2005    White Columns Curated Artist Registry, New York, NY
2003    O’Shaughnessy Merit Scholarship, Ox-Bow Art School, Saugatuck, Michigan

SELECTED SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2017    Collage + Watercolor, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2016    Ed Ruscha’s “Every Building on the Sunset Strip”, Morgan Lehman Gallery,
            New York, NY  
            Ed Ruscha’s “Every Building on the Sunset Strip”, Kopeikin Gallery,
            Los Angeles, CA
2014    1200’, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY
2012    California Experimental Architecture, Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2011    Amy Park, The Study, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY
2007    Amy Park and Melissa Baumgartner, Thatcher, Proffitt and Wood,
            New York, NY
2006    Amy Park and Philip Vanderhyden, Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage,
            Glen Ellyn, IL (Catalog essay by Lane Relyea and Annika Marie)
            Amy Park and Grace Park, Occasional Art, St. Paul, MN
            Amy Park, Project Room, Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL
2005    Amy Park, Project Row House and The Suburban, Houston, TX
2003    New Work, 734 Gallery, Madison, WI
1999    Paintings, Red Gym Gallery, Madison, WI
1998    Recent Work, Kohler Art Library, Madison, WI