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Amy Lincoln

AMY LINCOLN: floating oases

Tea Room, Wave Hill House
December 8, 2015–March 27, 2016 

Pictured above:
Landscape with Red Tulips, 2014
Acrylic on panel, 20” x 24”
Courtesy of the artist

On view in the Tea Room is a selection of Amy Lincoln’s paintings, including several works inspired by Wave Hill’s plant collection and landscape, created in her on-site studio during the 2015 Winter Workspace. Wave Hill’s Tropical House, the copper beech tree outside of Glyndor Gallery, glory-of-the-snow flowers in bloom, and robins in a rolling lawn, all find their way into the artist’s alluringly vivid compositions, evoking otherworldly landscapes tinged with strangeness. As floating oases suggests, the images allude to a pleasant change from what is usual, via metaphorical refuges not settled in a definite place. While precisely applying formal techniques in composition, color, gradient, form, perspective and scale, Lincoln’s paintings question the way in which people envisage paradise or utopia. Yet these "no-place" spaces come perhaps from the familiarity of one’s own idealized constructions of the unfamiliar. Merging traditional art genres of landscape, still life, portraiture, and botanical illustration, with kitsch and cultural clichés, the works at once conjure lush figments of the imagination, while meticulously rendering natural forms and landscapes. 

Lincoln has presented her work across the United States, as well as in Beijing, Paris and Berlin. Her most recent solo exhibition took place at Project 722, Brooklyn, NY. She has completed residencies at the Inside Out Art Museum, in Beijing, China, at Pocket Utopia, in New York, NY, and at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Lincoln earned an MFA from Tyler School of Art, after a BA from the University of California, Davis. 

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.