Amy Donaldson


Amy Donaldson’s strong sense of color and depth of feeling for space and light is achieved by her fusion of crushed, powdered, natural pigments with oil paint that are applied in a freely expressive manner. Using tools other than traditional brushes she attacks the surface of the canvas in a direct approach that is additive and subtractive—a process one may associate with sculpture as much as with painting. She lays down luscious, pliant marks across the surface, scrapes areas of the composition back, then vigorously adds and scrapes again to achieve her goal. Her range of expression comprises the appearance of timeworn erosion of an aging city to the seemingly endless atmospheric depth cloaking a horizon in a hazy light. Sometimes elements of graffiti appear, their looping letters cutting through the roughly layered surface like traces of humanity on aging city walls or an ecstatic cry to the heavens splitting the sky.

Donaldson has exhibited internationally from London to New York, Chicago and California. A 2016 solo show in Paris, Brussels Art Fair, Art Basel Miami, Atlanta’s National Juried Exhibitions and Illinois State Museum. Her work has appeared in Chicago PD, Luxe Magazine, Nuevo Estilo Magazine, Madrid, Spain and many other publications. Her works are in numerous private and public collections.  She currently lives and works in California.



University of North Florida, M.F. A., Painting, 1998

Art Students League of New York, New York, NY, 2004


S O L O  E X H I B I T I O N S

2016 Galerie Olivia Ganancia, Paris France April 6, 2016


S E L E C T E D  G R O U P  E X H I B I T I O N S

2019     Tew Galleries, Atlanta, GA Reception Sept 13

2019     New Works, Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL

2018    Formal Dimensions, Maybaum Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2018    Slate Spring Collection, Oakland, CA

2018     Flower & Hewes Exhibition, Malibu, CA

2017     Refusalon, San Francisco, CA

2017     Robert Allen Fine Art, Sausalito, CA

2016     39th Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition, Figge Art Museum, Iowa

2015     In:Sight, Washington Green Fine Art, Birmingham, UK.

2015     Art Contemporain, Galerie Olivia Ganancia, Paris, France.

2015     The Peoples Exhibition, Illinois State Museum, Lockport, IL

2015     (Duo Show) Classical to Contemporary,  Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL

2015     Brussels Affordable Art Fair, Feb 6 – 9, Brussels, Belguim.

2015     Centerline, Zhou  B Art Center, Chicago, IL

2015     By the Sea & In the Garden, Galerie du Soliel, Naples, FL

2014     New Works by Gallery Artists, Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL. 2014

2014     Gracious House, Designer Showhouse, Chicago, IL.

2014     Feast For the Eyes Exhibit, Galerie Du Soleil, Naples, FL.

2013     Centerline, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL.

2014     Chicago Art Source, Summer Exhibit, Chicago, IL.

2012     Gallery 88 “Rituals of Love”, Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL.

2012     Art Fusion Galleries “Salute To Art Basel Miami”, Miami, FL.

2012     International Juried Exhibition Finalist, Winter Expo

2012     College of Fine Arts at JU 50th Anniv. Juried Exhibition, JU Museum, Jax, FL

2012     Erin Lovett Miller 10th Anniversary Art and Culture Event, Jacksonville, FL

2011     25th Annual Yacht and Brokerage Show, Miami, FL

2011     Healing Art Gallery, Baptist Medical Center, Abstract Paintings, Jacksonville, FL

2011     Heart Walk, Baptist Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL

2010     6×6 Project, Charmingwall Gallery, New York, NY

2010     Atlanta Artists Center & Gallery, Seventh National Juried Art Exhibition, Atlanta, GA

2010     The Goddess Project, R Roberts Gallery, Jacksonville, FL

2010     Museum of Contemporary Art Studio Tour, Jacksonville, FL

2010     Palm Valley Gardens, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

2010     Beaches Gallery and Framery, Jacksonville Beach, FL.

2010     Designer Showhouse, Ponte Vedra, Florida

2009     Tropical Expressions, The Bridge, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

2008     Spring Expressions, Archway Gallery, Atlantic Beach, FL

2008     Showhouse, 1616 River Road, Jacksonville, FL


P U B L I C  C O M M I S S I O N S

2019     Hilton Hotel Lobby/Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

2019     Massachusettes General Hospital, Boston, MA

2015     Northwestern Medical Hospital, Chicago, IL

2015     University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison, WI

2015     PNC Bank Tower, 4 paintings, Philadelphia, PA

2014     1225 Old Town Luxury Apartments Lobby, Chicago, IL

2014     The Ritz Carlton Residence, Restored Love, Chicago, IL

2012     J.Wayne & Delores Barr Weaver Tower, Baptist Hospital, 2 paintings, Jax, FL.

2011     Pilot Pen Headquarters lobby, painting, Jacksonville, FL

2011     Baptist Medical Center, Heart Hospital lobby, painting, Jacksonville, FL

2011     Flagler Hospital lobby, St. Augustine, FL

2011     First Bank, Journey, painting, Nashville, TN



Luxe Magazine, 2016

Chicago PD, NBC, 2016

Modern Luxury NS Magazine, Cover, September 2015

Chicago Home Magazine, Page 20, Fall 2015

Birmingham Post, Life Section, UK  2015