A Portfolio: Amy Crehore
On today's A Portfolio, we take a look at new works from an old friend, Amy Crehore. She will be in an upcoming group show with Richard Heller Gallery, so we wanted to take a look at what she has been up to.
Amy Crehore was born in the mountains of Virginia and grew up in the suburbs of Pennsylvania and New Jersey on the train line to NYC. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts earning a B. F. A. in Communication Arts and Design. After graduating, she lived outside of London for a short while before returning to Richmond, VA to start her career.
Amy's 5th Ephemeral Show took place at Jiro Miura Gallery in Tokyo, Japan Sept. 16th-Oct.22, 2023.
Amy Crehore's paintings are intuitive, poetic and timeless; a fictional realism drawn from memories and feelings and rendered with humor. She is inspired by the compositions of modern European masters such as Felix Vallotton, Felice Casorati, Picasso, Edouard Vuillard, Antonio Donghi, Giorgio De Chirico, Magritte, Matisse and Balthus as well as earlier painters such as Goya and Giotto. Comics, antique musical instruments, American roots music, vintage children's books, nature, cats, films and early photography have all influenced her work.
Amy and her husband, Lou Reimuller, played 1920s-30s blues music in a band called The Hokum Scorchers for many years. Together, they have designed and built a few one-of-a-kind ukuleles (Lou is a luthier). In 2009, Amy painted designs on a selection of vintage ukuleles for her solo show at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles. They were exhibited alongside her original canvases.