Amanda Clyne


My paintings are constructed out of the organic movement of poured paint.  In contrast to Jackson Pollock's technique of pouring  paint on to a canvas that rests flat on the floor, my technique is for the canvas to be vertically upright, causing the drips of poured paint to fall down the surface of the canvas, forming straight lines of color.  With a turn of the surface, the free-flowing skeins of paint weave together to form a complex, layered network. 
By exploring the sensual language of paint's unpredictable nature within the rigid construction of the grid, I strive to represent the conflicting dualities that exist within ourselves and in our society:  control vs. freedom; reason vs. intuition; and responsibility vs. desire. 

Biography
Amanda Clyne recently finished her third year of studies in the Drawing and Painting program at OCAD, and will complete her BFA in spring 2009.

Before becoming an artist, Amanda Clyne was an ambitious corporate lawyer, working as a senior associate at a top international law firm in New York city.  But by 2005, her love of art had surpassed her legal ambitions and she was compelled to abandon her legal practice.  Since that time, she has pursued a diversified art practice, including painting, photography, sewing and collage.  

In 2007, Amanda had her first solo show at David Kaye Gallery in Toronto, and was the recipient of the Elizabeth Blackwell scholarship from the Women’s Art Association.  Amanda received her first major commission in 2006 from Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals Inc., and her paintings and photographs have been collected internationally.  

Before becoming an artist, Amanda Clyne was an ambitious corporate lawyer, working as a senior associate at a top international law firm in New York City.  But by 2005, her love of art had surpassed her legal ambitions and she was compelled to abandon her legal practice.  Since that time, she has pursued a diversified art practice, including painting, photography, sewing and collage.  

In 2007, Amanda had her first solo show at David Kaye Gallery in Toronto, and was the recipient of the Elizabeth Blackwell scholarship from the Women’s Art Association.  Amanda received her first major commission in 2006 from Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals Inc., and her paintings and photographs have been collected internationally.  

Education
Drawing and Painting program at OCAD - Third year of studies  
Completing BFA in spring 2009