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Amy Lincoln: floating oases

December 08, 2015 - March 27, 2016
Wave Hill House

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


Meet Amy Lincoln at her Meet-the-Artist on Sunday,  March 6, at 3PM, in Wave Hill House.

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.  

Blooming Cactus, 2013, Acrylic on panel, 19” x 14”. Courtesy of the artist.

Tropical Still Life (Study), 2015, Acrylic on MDF, 10” x 6 ¾”. Courtesy of the artist.

As Yet, 2015, Acrylic on panel, 24” x 20”. Courtesy of the artist.

Lincoln has exhibited her work nationally, as well as internationally in Beijing, Yokohama, Paris and Berlin. She was a 2015 Winter Workspace artist at Wave Hill. Recent local shows include 20 x 16 at Morgan Lehman Gallery and New Work City at Momenta Art, and a solo exhibition at Project 722, Brooklyn, NY. She has also participated in residencies at the Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing, China; Pocket Utopia, New York, NY; and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Lincoln earned an MFA from Tyler School of Art, and a BA from the University of California, Davis.

Click here to learn more about the artist

Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, 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 Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.