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Elements of Abstraction: A Portfolio by Amy D Graham

A mixed media artwork with blue and green tonesUntitled

Amy D. Graham is a Massachusetts-based artist who specializes in still-life and figurative paintings, combining these compositional styles with a soft, often pastel colour palette and elements of abstraction and mixed media.

A mixed media artwork with bright, childlike coloursUntitled

I’m impressed by Amy’s ability to widely vary her style. This ability is especially interesting when the artist puts it into practice creating a series of works that focus on the same subject matter. Her series Cups, for example, runs the titular object through a wide range of image-making techniques. Some works in this series are fairly straightforward representations, while others abstract the form of a cup far enough that the viewer must search through the image to make the connection.

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Even with all this variation, Amy manages to maintain a cohesive style. Though compositions and textures may change, the artist’s use of large planes of flat colour, pastel hues, and painterly, enthusiastic brush work brings her entire portfolio together.

A bright pink painting of some cupsUntitled

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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