Amy Crehore | Four Bathers and Two Cats | Mortal Machine Gallery New Orleans

Amy Crehore | Four Bathers and Two Cats | Mortal Machine Gallery New Orleans

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"Four Bathers and Two Cats"
©Amy Crehore 2016,
oil on stretched linen, 
14" x 18" with a 15 3/4" x 19 3/4" dark beaded wood frame,

Amy Crehore was born in the mountains of Virginia and grew up in the suburbs
of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She returned to Virginia to attend V.C.U.,
earning a B. F. A. in Communication Arts and Design. After living on the east
coast for many years (and a short while in England), she moved out west to Oregon.

Amy Crehore has participated in gallery and museum shows ever since her first juried shows
at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the late 1970s. She sold her work through the 
VA Museum Sales Gallery, had a few solo shows in Richmond, VA and
participated in east coast group shows before moving to Oregon in 1987.

In 1991, the art directors at Playboy and Esquire magazines noticed her paintings and 
commissioned illustrations. For a couple of decades, she illustrated for many famous 
American magazines and top book publishers. During that time, she also exhibited 

paintings in group shows at the Portland Art Museum, Museum of American Illustration in NYC,
and various west coast galleries from Seattle to L.A.
Top magazines like The Atlantic Monthly, Business Week, ESPN Magazine, Esquire, 
Forbes, GQ, Islands, The Los Angeles Times, MS., The New York Times, Outside, Playboy, 
Prevention, Redbook, Rolling Stone, Texas Monthly
 (and many more) have featured 
her painted illustrations since 1991. Playboy alone commissioned her regularly for 12 years.

Amy Crehore's double portrait of Jewel and Alanis Morissette is included
in the anthology book "ROLLING STONE: The Illustrated Portraits" (Chronicle Books, 2000).
The original painting is part of Rolling Stone's corporate collection (image above).

Amy Crehore has been honored with awards in the fine arts (WESTAF,
Portland Art Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and more)
and the illustration arts (Communication Arts, American Illustration,
Society of Illustrators, Museum of American Illustration).

 figurative paintings are intuitive and poetic with touches of humor and sensuality.
She is drawn to painters such as Felix Vallotton, Felice Casorati, Giotto, Picasso,
Goya, Edouard Vuillard, Antonio Donghi, Giorgio De Chirico, Magritte, Matisse and Balthus.

Victorian illustration, comics, graphic arts, musical instruments from the
1920s and 30s, vintage children's books and movies have also influenced her.