* Amy Dynan | Stanley Street Gallery

* Amy Dynan

Represented by Stanley Street Gallery

I am a graduate of a Master of Contemporary Art and Master of Fine Art from Sydney College of the Arts (University of Sydney). My charcoal drawing practice merges photo-realism with abstract sensibilities to explore the beauty of being alive. For me, the gestural act of drawing offers a vehicle to investigate who and what we are. The dynamics of light and shade in my drawings work as a metaphor for interrelated opposites in nature and in ourselves, creating images that hover between real and surreal, material and ethereal.

Amy Dynan, Murrays Cottage, Hill End 2017

Future Solo Exhibition 

Water 26th June - 13th July 2019

Stanley Street Gallery charcoal drawing Sculpture Art

Amy Dynan, Water 2 Waterfall Charcoal on paper 96 x 76cm framed


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Sydney Contemporary Art Fair 11th September - 16th September 2018

PopUp Exhibition - 31st May - 10th June 2017

Portraits - 5th August - 29th August 2015

Works on Paper - 1 Metre 11th June - 5th July 2014



I am a graduate of a Master of Contemporary Art and Master of Fine Art from Sydney College of the Arts (University of Sydney). The basis for my practice is drawing as a meditative and experiential state of Being. I feel most alive when drawing. For me, the drawing process is deeply calming. The repetitive, labour intensive and time-consuming method forces me to be still—a repetition of tiny movements through which the pace of my mind slows to meet the rhythm of my body.

My practice currently centers on the still life, one of the most enduring forms in art that typically depicts objects carrying symbolic and allegorical themes that poignantly speak to the transience of life. Of particular enamour is Vanitas painting—a visual commentary of motifs that capture the fragility and fullness of being alive. Of fascination to me is the performative level to which the message is inverted through the symbolism. I endeavour to bring the vanitas still life into the contemporary through a sumptuous feast of imagery, merging abstract sensibilities with photorealism— the intention for my work is always a celebration of the everyday majesty around us.


Amy Dynan Artist Statment and CV - March 2019 (PDF)