* Amy Dynan | Stanley Street Gallery

* Amy Dynan

Represented by Stanley Street Gallery

Amy Dynan, Murrays Cottage, Hill End 2017My 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.

My practice currently centres 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.


Future Solo Exhibition 


 Available Work



Amy Dynan - Water 26th June – 20th July 2019


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



Dynan, an award-winning early-career artist, has been recognised for her nuanced balance between conceptual rigour and classical drawing skills. Following a “tree-change” to Wagga Wagga in 2012, Dynan pursued her love of drawing and held her first exhibition, an experience which gave her the push to take things further.

Upon returning to Sydney, Dynan pursued a Master of Contemporary Art and Master of Fine Arts at Sydney College of the Arts to develop the conceptual undercurrent of her practice.

As a visual artist, research can offer a deeper, more profound connection to the significance of one’s own art practice in a field beyond the studio. I knew that my passion for drawing, combined with rigorous institutional and art world scrutiny and support would provide the necessary framework to further my aesthetic.”

Amy Dynan sees drawing as a fundamental means of expression that is often overlooked as a preparatory stage in lieu of master artworks and is driven to continue to contribute to contemporary drawing in Australia.

“For me, it is the most intuitive stage of the creative process and I want to continue to bring awareness to drawing as the veritable art form that it is.”

Most recently Dynan has exhibited at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair and was this year was selected as finalist in the Dobell Drawing Prize 2019, an acquisitive award and major exhibition that explores the enduring importance of drawing within contemporary art practice.

Amy Dynan’s solo exhibition, Water, is on display at Stanley Street Gallery from 26 June – 20 July 2019.

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