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Amy Dury


As a painter I extract figures from photographs from the pre-digital age as a starting point.
These can be found family photographs or home movies. Watching these personal films I instinctively stop them on frames that resonate. The images I am most often drawn to related to peoples roles in society, the hierarchies and dynamics of power.

I paint with a strong idea of colour to begin. I use both oil and acrylic paint, alongside charcoal and pencil drawings. My background as a printmaker informs my use of layers and structure, yet I allow the process to move and evolve the work as it is constructed. Loose and textured painterly marks exist alongside more precise detail. A strong grounding in portrait and figure drawing gives freedom to describe or suggest.

Looking back into our recent past is an act of remembering and nostalgic mis-remembering, with photographs and film becoming the vehicle which constructs stories about ourselves. Figures are often rewritten or falling from clear view, and I use digital processes to reconstruct the scenes and suggest colour themes. Our history instructs, seduces and tethers us, and I look to use paint to examine these emotive memories which reflect current themes and tensions in contemporary life.

2023 Solo Show, Cameron Contemporary Art 2023 July Group Show Janet Rady Fine Art 2023 July Atelier Open, Brighton
2023 Royal Society of Portrait Painters
2023 Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour
2022/3 Society of Scottish Artists 130th Annual Exhibition – Commissioned piece responding to Edvard Munch
2022 December Guest on John Daltons Art Podcast
2022 October – Sussex Contemporary at the i360 Brighton – 2 pieces
2022 November – ING Discerning Eye at the Mall Galleries, London – I piece 2022 September Figures Group Show Cameron Contemporary, Hove
2022 July -Beep Contemporary, Swansea
2022 August – Oxmarket Contemporary Open – Chichester
2022 July Atelier Brighton Open Call – Two paintings selected
2022 Trinity Buoy Wharf Gallery , London- Group Show
2022 March ‘Time & Place’ with Jane Campling -Cameron Contemporary, Hove 2022 March Featured in Sussex Life Magazine
2022 February Featured in ‘Artists and Illustrators’Magazine
2022 February Winner of Zealous Painting Stories
2021 A Sense of Place – Group Show – Lanehouse Arts, St Leonards
2021 S8 E5 Sky Portrait Artist of the Year contestant
2021 ‘Amy Dury & Phillip Maltman’ at Rise Gallery, Berwick St., London
2021 Reconfiguring – 3 person Show at The Regency Town House, Brighton 2021 Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize – ‘Self-Defence’
2021 Society of Women Artists Annual Open Exhibition – ‘Council Worker’
2021 Livestream Portrait painting for the Tate -painting Cornelia Parker for International Womens Day.
2021 Rise Gallery, Soho group Show
2021 Winter Show Cameron Contemporary, Hove
2021 Group Show Kings Arch Gallery, Brighton
2020 Solo Show at Lara Bowen Contemporary
2020 ‘anon’ Group Show at Kings Arch Gallery, Brighton
2020 Shortlisted – the BP Portrait Award
2020 Longlisted – Jacksons Painting Prize
2020 Festival Exhibition at Cameron Contemporary Art
2019 Longlisted – Jacksons Painting Prize
2019 Winter Show at Cameron Contemporary Art
2019 Fresh Paint, a 6 person show of new artists at Cameron Contemporary Art 2019 gnt gallery Eastbourne Solo Show
2019 Summer Show at Cameron Contemporary Art
2018 Gallery 31 Brighton Solo Show
2005-2021 Brighton Open Houses May Exhibition, various venues