(Amy Crehore -middle- with collectors John Radzik and Audrey Wells at art opening in Santa Monica, CA in 2006)
Amy Crehore was born in the mountains of Virginia and grew up in the suburbs
of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She returned to Virginia to attend V.C.U.,
earning a B. F. A. in Communication Arts and Design in 1975. After living on the east
coast for many years (and a short while in England), she moved out west to Oregon. Amy Crehore has participated in gallery and museum shows ever since her first juried shows
at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the late 1970s. She sold her work through the
VA Museum Sales Gallery, had a few solo shows in Richmond, VA and
participated in east coast group shows before moving to Oregon.
In 1991, the art directors at Playboy and Esquire magazines noticed her paintings and
commissioned illustrations. After that, she continued to illustrate for many famous
American magazines and top book publishers. During that time, she also showed her
paintings at the Portland Art Museum and other west coast galleries from Seattle to L.A.
Amy Crehore has won honors and awards in the fine arts (WESTAF,
Portland Art Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and more)
and in the illustration arts (Communication Arts, American Illustration,
Society of Illustrators, Museum of American Illustration).
Crehore's paintings reflect her love of old music and the history of art and design. Her figurative paintings are intuitive and poetic with touches of humor and sensuality.
She is influenced by painters such as Felix Vallotton, Felice Casorati, Giotto, Picasso,
Goya, Bosch, Edouard Vuillard, Antonio Donghi, and Balthus.
Top magazines like The Atlantic Monthly, Business Week, ESPN Magazine, Esquire,
Forbes, GQ, The Los Angeles Times, MS., The New York Times, Outside, Playboy,
Prevention, Redbook, Rolling Stone, Texas Monthly (and many more) have featured her paintings since 1991. Playboy alone commissioned her regularly for 11 years.
Amy Crehore's iconic image of Jewel and Alanis Morissette is included
in the anthology book "ROLLING STONE: The Illustrated Portraits" (Chronicle Books, 2000).
The original painting is part of Jann Wenner's collection (image above).
In 2005, ten of Crehore's experimental "Little Pierrot" series paintings were
selected by the prestigious "American Illustration" jury (NYC). In the fall of that year,
three of Crehore's "Monkey Love" paintings made a splash at the very first "Blab! Show"
at Track 16 Gallery (Santa Monica, CA). Boingboing.net began to feature her art regularly.
("Backstage" from the Little Pierrot Series 2004, 2005)
In 2006, Crehore exhibited eight more paintings in a mini solo at the second "Blab!Show"
(CoproNason Gallery, Santa Monica, CA). The show sold out and "The Banana Eater"
painting was published by Fantagraphics in "Blab! 17". Crehore also took part in
six other shows earlier that year (exhibiting a total of 14 works) at Applegate Gallery
(Santa Monica, CA), Roq La Rue Gallery (Seattle, WA) and M Modern Gallery
(Palm Springs, CA).
In 2007, she participated in Mark Murphy's "GREEN Show" at Robert Berman Gallery
(Santa Monica, CA), the "KNOW Exhibition" at Art Basel Miami (Miami, FLA),
"Literartistry" & "Charity by Numbers" at Corey Helford Gallery (Culver City, CA),
and the "Venus" Show at Roq La Rue Gallery (Seattle, WA).
(Seven paintings at Ad Hoc Gallery in Brooklyn, NY 2008)
In Jan. 2008, Crehore took part in the "Deep Pop" Show at Iona College
(New Rochelle, NY). In February, Pressure Printing released her Banana Eater painting
as a limited edition framed print. In the summer of 2008, she exhibited seven paintings at
Ad Hoc Art Gallery (Brooklyn, NY) and five more at M Modern
(Palm Springs and Las Vegas). Crehore was represented by both Murphy Design
and Thinkspace Gallery at Art Basel Miami in Dec, 2008.
(One of the walls at Thinkspace Gallery, Amy Crehore's Solo Show, Los Angeles, CA 2009)
In February 2009, Amy Crehore had a solo show in Los Angeles
at Thinkspace Gallery. The show was called "Dreamgirls and Ukes".
Crehore exhibited 15 new paintings and 13 hand-painted, restored antique ukuleles.
She painted a mural on the front wall of the gallery and The Hokum Scorchers
(Crehore's band with her husband Lou), played 1920's blues/rags/jugband music
on opening night. (See press .) The following night, Crehore took part in the "Movers
and Shakers" group show at POVevolving Gallery in Chinatown, L.A.
(A version of Crehore's "Monkey Love" paintings, this one for her solo show in Los Angeles 2009)
In the spring of that same year, Amy Crehore was part of a Pop Surrealism show at
The Shore Institute of Contemporary Art in Long Branch, NJ.
After that, she participated in a San Diego Comic-con event, shows at
Last Rites & Marianne Boesky Galleries in NYC, plus other group shows in CA and Italy.
Fast forward to 2015: Parlor Gallery in Asbury Park, NJ and Jiro Miura Gallery in
Tokyo, Japan both exhibited her works. In September 2016, she was part of the 11th Blab! show
at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, CA and LAX/ORD (curated by Thinkspace)
at Vertical Gallery, Chicago, IL. Amy looks forward to showing again in Tokyo, Japan in 2017.
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(Collection of restored, hand-painted antique "Tickler" ukuleles from "Dreamgirls and Ukes" solo show, L.A.) Note:
In the 1990's, Crehore played music at Northwest festivals and at author Ken Kesey's events. In 2007, she designed her first ukulele with luthier/musician Lou Reimuller,
spurred on by collecting and playing vintage musical instruments for many years.
Her latest design from scratch is the "Twitch" concert ukulele which was completed in 2015.
(See music section for links to instruments.)