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Autumn Tree  commission by amyhooton
Autumn Tree commission
This is Gerald's Autumn  tree.  Hopefully he likes it!  Or I'll release it for public sale. But I think its fab. 

By Amy Hooton 2016
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Sunshine after the rain by amyhooton
Sunshine after the rain
Acrylic ink and gouache on paper 40 x 30cm

By Amy Hooton

The light is highlighted with silver gouache which is not visible by the scanner. So imagine how shiny this is in the flesh. :D
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Sand Bar by amyhooton
Sand Bar
Abstract beach painted on holiday sketched on the beach.
Argyll, Scotland.
20 x 20cm acrylic ink on paper.
Amy Hooton 2016
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Amy Hooton
Artist | Professional | Varied
United Kingdom
Hi, I'm Amy. I'm a painter, a photographer and have been known to do a bit of sculpting, batik and crafts of all sorts. So look out for random side tracking in my gallery!

I studied Fine Art (Sculpture), at Edinburgh College of Art and History of Art at Edinburgh University. Graduated 2003. Since then, I have travelled in Asia extensively, studying Batik techniques in Indonesia and Chinese painting in Beijing. My art these days is a mixture of all these influences. Often Abstract, sometimes surreal, usually colourful.

In 2010 my baby boy Hunter was born, and in 2012 my baby girl Talyn joined the crew, so I am blessed and incredibly busy! I do my best to fit in a part time job, freelance design work, photography and a little bit of self indulgant arting whenever I get the chance!

Please feel free to ask any questions. Always interested in serious commission enquiries.

I hope you enjoy my gallery.

Current Age: 33, Current Residence: Edinburgh, Scotland
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This show is running from 10th September - 28th October. I had a request to share this blurb I wrote about my art online. So here is it!...

Artist exhibition statement

What is this world we live in? How is it possible that a west Scottish coastline that I have returned to, and painted a hundred times in my life, has never changed; yet chaos is constantly reshaping the world around us? Where is the medium? And what shall that medium be? For me, it's Art.

"Colour is a means of exerting direct influence on the soul." Kandinski

You will tell from my art, that I like colour. I find it hues inviting, the blending of colours obsessional. Like a mad scientist desperately wanting a new discovery, I mix and separate to create my own style of painting presented in this body of works. I have spent years perfecting a multi-staged process that is unique, intriguing, semi-autonomous, complex yet simple, but most importantly colourful! Art is for observing so i enjoy giving the viewer plenty to absorb. So keep an eye out for the small details hidden within the paintings!

I left school a sculptor. All my art up to that point was created three dimensionally. Naturally, I studied Sculpture at Edinburgh Art College for 5 years and it was there that i discovered my love of the "process" in art making. I finished my degree and applied for a residency in Vermont, USA, to further my studies. As the residency was not due to start for another 18 months, I decided to take the long road in getting there, which lead me down a different path I did not expect.

That road lead me through China, Indonesia and other South East Asian countries. From Indo Batik to Laos weaving, Buddhist temple art to Chinese Ink paintings, I loved the different styles particular to each country and culture. Whilst staying in China i was introduced to Naruo, a Na'xi artist, who shared the art studio in my cousin's basement. I would watch him produce bodies of work that were fluid, organic and spontaneous. It was in that studio in Beijing that i discovered the beginnings of my own "process" which would develop into what my art has become today.

Discovering Painting made me reassess where my art was going and having worked with sculpture for years I found the constraints of gravity and planning, required to create 3D works, hemmed me in creatively. By the time i arrived in Vermont for my residency, I headed into the painting studio, instead of the sculpture studio.

"A true artist can turn any mistake into a masterpiece" unknown

Painting became my passion. It allows me to artistically express myself at any given moment. When i drew in college, I was obsessed with negative spaces and lines, spotting patterns in everything around me, from the microscopic to the megascopic. In my painting, similar visual tendencies usher me back to finding the microscopic details found within the ink.

For the past 11 years i have painted a variety of different themes using a mixture of materials including inks, gouache, water colour and metallic pens. You could surmise that the main theme that runs through my work is the Environment. The world we live in, not the world we have created as a society. It's animals [where we come from], landscapes [where we are], space and beyond [where we want to go]. Although the aspects of those themes change with my mood, the one constant is the colourful way i present my work. Even when I am presenting a painting that was inspired by unfortunate events. The pain of inaction over many issues causes me great distress in my utter powerlessness to do anything to fix the problems. This has led me to use my art as voice and I continue to explore these themes, because they matter. The Rhino, painted in 2014, was in response to hearing the devastating news that the Western Black Rhino had been declared extinct, I would not taint the memory of such a majestic creature with a morbid representation. I wanted to present it in full colour, with beauty and with life, echoing the continent on which it once lived. That unique combination of star dust, is no more.
Rhino (Lost continents) by amyhooton

The Orang Utan – “Balancing ACT”  is another protest piece, created in response to hearing about the extensive burning of Indonesian Rain Forrest and Orang Utan habitat.
Balancing Act by amyhooton

Surprisingly, I have had the most success creating works for the medical industry. I was the cover artist for the International Journal of Stroke magazine between the years of 2009 to 2014. I used a mixture of paintings and photography, all with the theme of the brain in every piece. I also designed and painted three medical pieces for Centra, a medical institution in Virginia, USA, which was used in their advertising campaign for a new stroke treatment procedure.

Apart from painting, I am a part time employee and a full time mum. In 2010 Hunter was born, followed by Talyn in 2012, so my art took a backseat, but I continued to paint whenever I could. I also do wedding photography, run, row, play violin in the Meadow’s Chamber Orchestra and take my children castle hunting whenever I can!
This year, 2016, I have returned to painting regularly after the “nappy years” of my children’s lives. I’m delighted with how my painting influences my children. We have fun creating illustrative works together which appeal to them. They are my greatest fans!

I plan to return to sculpture with a collaboration piece, once again exploring the theme of the Orang Utan and bringing my art full circle.

I’m deeply grateful to The Stick Factory for hosting my artwork in September and October 2016, allowing me to present some of my collection.

If you wish to see more, please visit www.amyhooton.com

Many thanks for visiting…


Amy Hooton


A Red Drop in the Ocean, Exhibition Flyer by amyhootonA Red Drop in the Ocean, Exhibition Flyer by amyhooton
A Red Drop in the Ocean, Exhibition Flyer by amyhootonA Red Drop in the Ocean, Exhibition Flyer by amyhooton

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tsahel Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much for the watch and the fav ! :D :D :D
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Xantipa2-2D3DPhotoM Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016
Happy Birthday  Have your cake and eat it too  :) (Smile)Heart Shine
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BrokenShell121 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016
Thanks for the fave on Away from the maze
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josipaN Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave
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SalHunter Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016
Many thanks for faving! :-)
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thomasbossert Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016
thank you for faving....:woohoo:
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retransmission Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you Amy!:)
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Campo-Diaz Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016
Thank you so much for the :+fav:.
Regards,
Emilio
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cogwurx Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you for the :+fav:!
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JohnPatience Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016
Thanks for the fave Amy.  :)
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