Overview

Evident in each passionate and vibrant composition is Donaldson’s strong sense of color and depth of feeling for space and light. This is achieved by her fusion of crushed, powdered, natural pigments with oil paint that are applied in a freely expressive manner. Using tools other than traditional brushes she attacks the surface of the canvas in a direct approach that is additive and subtractive—a process one may associate with sculpture as much as with painting. She lays down luscious, pliant marks across the surface, then scrapes areas of the composition back, then vigorously adds and scrapes again to achieve her goal. Her range of expression comprises the appearance of timeworn erosion of an aging city to the seemingly endless atmospheric depth cloaking a horizon in a hazy light. Sometimes elements of graffiti appear, their looping letters cutting through the roughly layered surface like traces of humanity on aging city walls or an ecstatic cry to the heavens splitting the sky.

 

Donaldson has attained a signature style that embodies both a sense of immediacy and freshness. Some paintings burst with joy and the bight light from the heavenly realm, then there are those works cloaked in a more intimate softness of an indefinable depth and locale, which, like much of Donaldson’s oeuvre, have an overall atmosphere that recalls European Romanticism and Impressionism. Her work heals through the power of Christ, with an angelic presence that is tangible in the existence of each piece.

 

A native of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Amy Donaldson has exhibited internationally from London to New York, Chicago and California. A 2016 solo show in Paris, Brussels Art Fair, Art Basel Miami, Atlanta’s National Juried Exhibitions, and Illinois State Museum. Her work has appeared in Chicago PD, Luxe Magazine, Nuevo Estilo Magazine, Madrid, Spain and many other publications. Her works are in numerous private and public collections.

Works
Biography

Education

1998 MFA, Painting, University of North Florida

2004 Art Students League of New York, New York

 

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Galerie Olivia Ganancia, Paris, France 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Tew Galleries, Atlanta, GA

2019 New Works, Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL

2018 Formal Dimension, Maybaum Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2018 Flower & Hewes Exhibition, Malibu, CA

2017 Refusalon, San Francisco, CA

2017 Robert Allen Fine Art, Sausalito, CA

2016 39th Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition, Figge Art Museum, Iowa

2015 In:Sight, Washington Green Fine Art, Birmingham, UK

2015 Art Contemporain, Galerie Olivia Ganancia, Paris, France

2015 The Peoples Exhibition, Illinois State Museum, Lockport, IL

2015 (Duo Show) Classical to Contemporary,  Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL

2015 Brussels Affordable Art Fair, Feb 6 – 9, Brussels, Belguim

2015 Centerline, Zhou  B Art Center, Chicago, IL

2015 By the Sea & In the Garden, Galerie du Soliel, Naples, FL

2014 New Works by Gallery Artists, Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL

2014 Gracious House, Designer Showhouse, Chicago, IL

2014 Feast For the Eyes Exhibit, Galerie Du Soleil, Naples, FL

2013 Centerline, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL

2014 Chicago Art Source, Summer Exhibit, Chicago, IL

2012 Gallery 88 “Rituals of Love”, Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL

2012 Art Fusion Galleries “Salute To Art Basel Miami”, Miami, FL

2012 International Juried Exhibition Finalist, Winter Expo

2012 College of Fine Arts at JU 50th Anniv. Juried Exhibition, JU Museum, Jax, FL

2012 Erin Lovett Miller 10th Anniversary Art and Culture Event, Jacksonville, FL

2011 25th Annual Yacht and Brokerage Show, Miami, FL

2011 Healing Art Gallery, Baptist Medical Center, Abstract Paintings, Jacksonville, FL

2011 Heart Walk, Baptist Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL

2010 6×6 Project, Charmingwall Gallery, New York, NY

2010 Atlanta Artists Center & Gallery, Seventh National Juried Art Exhibition, Atlanta, GA

2010 The Goddess Project, R Roberts Gallery, Jacksonville, FL

2010 Museum of Contemporary Art Studio Tour, Jacksonville, FL

2010 Palm Valley Gardens, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

2010 Beaches Gallery and Framery, Jacksonville Beach, FL

2010 Designer Showhouse, Ponte Vedra, FL

2009 Tropical Expressions, The Bridge, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

2008 Spring Expressions, Archway Gallery, Atlantic Beach, FL

2008 Showhouse, 1616 River Road, Jacksonville, FL

 

Public Commissions

2019 Hilton Hotel Lobby/Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

2019 Massachusettes General Hospital, Boston, MA

2015 Northwestern Medical Hospital, Chicago, IL

2015 University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison, WI

2015 PNC Bank Tower, 4 paintings, Philadelphia, PA

2014 1225 Old Town Luxury Apartments Lobby, Chicago, IL

2014 The Ritz Carlton Residence, Restored Love, Chicago, IL

2012 J. Wayne & Delores Barr Weaver Tower, Baptist Hospital, 2 paintings, Jax, FL

2011 Pilot Pen Headquarters lobby, painting, Jacksonville, FL

2011 Baptist Medical Center, Heart Hospital lobby, painting, Jacksonville, FL

2011 Flagler Hospital lobby, St. Augustine, FL

2011 First Bank, Journey, painting, Nashville, TN

 

News
Bibliography

Bibliography

2016 Luxe Magazine

2016 Chicago PD, NBC

2015 September, Modern Luxury NS Magazine, Cover 

2015 Fall, Chicago Home Magazine, Page 20

2015 Birmingham Post, Life Section, UK