About the Artist
Amy Dennis paintings combine still-life motifs with landscapes that are based on close observations of the coastline around Edinburgh.
Her simplified groups of objects reference drawing and measuring tools, which interact in the image with architectural details found on the sites. Her unique style involves a precise interweaving of line and composition: the image oscillating between landscape and object, and between representation and abstraction.
Above all, Amy is interested in emphasising the craft of painting and uses the ancient medium of egg tempera paint on Italian gesso. Meticulously pigmented and polished panels are prepared as a ground for the paintings. She then mixes raw pigment bound with egg yolk and distilled water (according to a 15th century recipe) which is applied in several thin layers to create a distinctive, subtle and resonant surface.
June 2018 - 'A Collector's Exhibition' Aldeburgh Gallery, Aldeburgh
June 2018 - Royal Scottish Academy Open
January 2018 - 'Landscape and Object', a solo exhibition at The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
November 2017 - 'Airs, Reels & Ballads: A Celebration of British Art’, Curated by St Jude's and The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
May 2017 - ‘175’, Invited artists presented artworks to celebrate 175 years of The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
February 2014 – Solo exhibition at The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
September 2013 – Sunday Times Watercolour Competition exhibition, Mall Galleries London
May 2013 - Jolomo Foundation/Bank of Scotland Landscape award shortlisted artists exhibition, Bank of Scotland, The Mound, Edinburgh
March 2013 - 132nd Annual Exhibition by The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
December 2012 - ‘Visions of Edinburgh’ group exhibition at The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
December 2012 - RSA Open 2012, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
November 2012 – Solo exhibition at The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
November 2009 - ‘Mark Hearld & Friends’, group exhibition at The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2018 - The RSA William Littlejohn Award for Excellence and Innovation in Water-based media
2013 - Jolomo Foundation Landscape painting award winner
Work in Public Collections
University of York (6 paintings)