* Amy Dynan | Stanley Street Gallery

* Amy Dynan

Represented by Stanley Street Gallery

My contemporary drawing practice merges photorealism with abstract sensibilities to explore the beauty and brevity of everyday life. My art practice rationale is to apply drawing to everyday subjects, symbols and still life objects that represent the full spectrum of life. My work is a celebration of everyday majesty.


Available Work


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.


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