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Amy Guidry (b. 1976, Jacksonville, N.C.) is an American artist in Lafayette, Louisiana. She grew up in Slidell, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans. She attended Loyola University of New Orleans where she received her Bachelors degree in Visual Arts in 1998. She was also awarded the Loyola University Art Scholarship, which is only awarded to one student per graduating class.
Guidry’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationwide including the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, the Alexandria Museum of Art, the Women’s Research Center at Brandeis University, and the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Her work is present in private and public collections including the Zigler Art Museum, the Alexandria Museum of Art, the Schepis Museum, and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Guidry’s paintings have been featured in publications such as American Artist Magazine, Studio Visit, and Adbusters. Her work has also been featured on MTV’s The Real World, Season 20: Hollywood.
She is represented by Wally Workman Gallery in Austin, Texas and The Oak Street Gallery in Hammond, Louisiana.
Ever since I was a child, I knew I wanted to be an artist for a living. I loved to draw for hours on end. I created countless drawings, plowing through an entire package of paper in a week or two. I created visual stories through my art. Even though I couldn't yet write, I was still telling stories through pictures. It was my means to communication, as well as my enjoyment. As I became older, I tried different media, moving from crayons to pastels, paint, ink. In college, my courses involved not only drawing and painting, but also printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, illustration, and photography.
I've been an artist all my life, but it wasn't until well after college, that I became a professional artist. I continued my education on my own, learning anything and everything I could about running a small business and marketing my work. I built up a body of work, continually striving to challenge myself both technically and conceptually. I set out to exhibit my artwork and was accepted into a show at one of the first galleries I applied to. After that I began to reach for more- locally, regionally, and nationally. Steadily I grew my business, going from zero to sixty in just a few years. I am now a full-time artist, and I continue to push and challenge myself, looking for anything to improve upon.
My art is still my means to communication and my enjoyment. I have a much larger audience now, thus broadening my reach. I enjoy creating but even more so, I hope to inspire, enlighten, amuse, brighten, and bring forth positive change. Whether it's on a gallery wall or a living room wall, I strive to reach one person at a time and tell my stories.
"Amy Guidry’s paintings walk a fine line between photorealism and pop surrealism. There are many touchstones in her work — everything from Lewis Carroll’s fantasy images to Dave McKean’s graphic novel illustrations."
-Jarret Keene, Las Vegas City Life
"We are pleased to add Amy's painting to our collection of Louisiana artists, especially being a unique portrait of a zydeco musician."
-Dolores Spears, Director, Zigler Art Museum, Jennings, LA.
"Taken together, the paintings tell a unified story about a woman who journeys through a mysterious landscape that resembles something out of the Brothers Grimm, relying on her own strength to overcome its dangers and challenges."
-Ashley Flanagan, The Times of Acadiana
"With works that express growth, transformation, and insight, Amy Guidry has become an artist of distinction."
-Kathleen DesHotel, The Times Picayune
"Your work is truly powerful."
-Buddy Nestor, Artist, Delanco, NJ
"Amy's use of light and shadow, coupled with subtle bursts of color, creates a realistic texture in the context of a unique conceptual realm."
-David Fischer, Collector, Oyster Bay, NY
"Amy's pieces are a unique addition to our home. As unique pieces they are a wonderful respite from the 'ordinary'."
-Lana and Chris Mixon, Collectors, Lafayette, LA
"Thank you so much for being a part of our Small Works Show. Your painting was such a gem. Robert and I were planning on buying it if it didn't sell in the show."
-Megan and Robert Lange, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC
"Amy's attention to detail and coloring bring her subjects to life. The portrait of my son is so realistic that it seems as if he is actually sitting on a sofa in front of me, ready to engage in conversation. We have received rave reviews from our friends."
-Catherine Bass, Collector, Denton, TX
"Simply gorgeous and very engaging."
-Sean Ulmer, Curator, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA
"Her skills are excellent, so are her ideas and composition. Amy is one of a kind. Her work stands out in the crowded Art scene."
-Roger Loyd, Director, Galleri Loyd, Oslo, Norway
"Guidry walks a conscious line between the cerebral and a traditional, formal approach to making an image. While visually speaking the language of free association, a kind of description of dreams rather than a capturing of dream-like images, Guidry's works tell a unique, contemporary story. What sets her apart from many neo-surrealists is that she is not imitating Dali, Ernst, or even de Chirico, but rather, speaking their language. Completing the package, Guidry's paintings are smart, methodical, and contemporary."
-David Burns Smith, The Studio Chronicle
On Fragility- "The blue monotony of sky supplies a calm backdrop for the dramas of life unfolding in the fore. In place of one's brain — one's mind — a vibrant butterfly is suspended, captured as in a photograph. And while the skeleton below it easily invokes the realization of one's own mortality, Fragility moves into the closed arena of immortality: because time itself is essentially frozen in this moment of personal epiphany. The piece, therefore, is more about life than it is about death. The butterfly's wings are fully extended, implicating an almost fearless embrace of emotive experience and emergent intellect. And to do so while recognizing the inevitability of death (a reality that may vanish in future generations) is admirable and particularly courageous."
-David Fischer, Collector, Oyster Bay, NY
"From the first time I saw your work, I found it fresh and thoughtful, compelling and provocative."
-Hector LaSala, Professor of Architecture and Design, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
"The painting is beautiful, the packaging was impressive as well. I agree with you about the smaller paintings vs prints, I would much rather an original than a print."
-Chris Cox, Collector, Nederland, TX
"The portraiture segments of "New Realm" are stunningly important work."
-Jerry Cullum, Editor-at-Large, Art Papers
"One artist that impressed me was a young Amy Guidry. Her paintings were based in landscape with a strange life and death perspective. Even if you left the message and the poetry behind, the world she built was very ambitious. Few artists will even attempt to paint rock formations like the ones she chose to tackle. Paintings like this, that some people see as realism, or surrealism, I see as abstract. She is that rare artist who is capable of seeing the random order of nature and is able to grab it. Artists that can seize that natural order and complexity are very, very few."
-Thomas Evans, Artist, Austin, TX
"Forget mere high definition, the exceptionality of Guidry’s mix of photorealism and surrealism, creates a fantastic heightened definition that presents a hyperreality that forces one to address and, with hope, redress our reality."
-Guy Sangster Adams, Editor, Plectrum- The Cultural Pick, UK
"Thank you for your incredible art. Our family loves it."
-Jeremy and Ashley Jacobson, Collectors, New Orleans, LA
"Simply amazing. Exquisite in execution and slightly jarring at the same time."
-Jill Hackney, Artist, Laurel MD
"I love art and I want my children to appreciate art, too. I let each of my kids choose a piece of art for their room. Savannah, my daughter, has two pieces from Amy Guidry. She makes sure no one who enters her room touches her special art. She asks me when can she get more paintings. My teenager cannot wait to get a painting from Amy’s recent work."
-Brandy and Mitch Trahan, Collectors, New Iberia, LA
"I felt, when I walked into that room that I was back at the Hirshhorn in Washington, D.C., or at the Museum of Modern Art. Her technical rendering, of course, is superb. But it's her vision, her conceptualization, that catapults her above the rest."
-Deborah Norsworthy, Curator of the Heymann Historic Ceiling Tile Art Exhibit for the Children's Museum of Acadiana
"Amy Guidry's art work is amazing. The detail in her work is incredible. It shows depth and distinction and great composition. I truly believe she will be a renowned Artist."
-Janet Romero, Collector, Lafayette, LA
"Amy Guidry's paintings, in a word, are 'fearless.' From her earlier fanciful works to her latest more primal series, emotions ride close to the surface. They are both beautiful and visceral, and transcend their technical perfection to be truly intriguing and thought-provoking."
-Jennifer Danvers, Collector, Taylor, TX
"I particularly enjoy collecting the work of artists who are philosophers and who speak to the public through their paintings. Amy Guidry is just such an artist. Her "In Our Veins" series reflects her deep appreciation for all animals on earth, her views of transformation and the life cycle we all share. Several of her paintings depict the ill effects of man's behavior toward animals, and how destructive the attitude of dominance can be. The "New Realm" and "Beneath the Surface" series are similarly thought provoking and moving. Whatever the social issue chosen by Ms. Guidry, one can rest assured that her paintings will enlighten and cause the viewer to be ever the wiser for having seen her work."
-Lenore Feeney, Collector, Baton Rouge, LA
"Guidry's precise brushstrokes in combination with lifelike color palettes give her work a sense of photo-realism while still creatively harboring a sense of surrealism and psychologically-charged narratives."
-Raymond Klecker, Art Attacks! Online
"The result in Guidry's case is stunning work of tremendous depth, sublime imagination, tranquil visions, and an attention to detail that is second to none. It should be no surprise that Guidry's work is garnering serious attention in the art world, and rightfully so- Guidry is definitely one to watch."
-Ryan Kittleman, Collector and Editor of Noble Row, San Francisco, CA