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. After living on the east
coast for many years, she moved out west to Oregon.
Crehore has exhibited her paintings in galleries and museums and has illustrated for America's top magazine and book publishers. Her series paintings and her "Tickler Ukes" have gained her an international following.
She has won competitive awards/exhibits in the fine arts (WESTAF,
Portland Art Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts -to name just a few)
as well as in design/illustration arts (Communication Arts, American Illustration,
Society of Illustrators, Museum of American Illustration).
Amy Crehore's paintings reveal a love of nature, old music and the history of art and design. Her works are intuitive, poetic narratives with touches of humor and surrealism, much like dreams or memories.
Magazines such as 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. 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 the Jann Wenner collection (image above).
Some highlights of just the last decade include: In the spring of 2005, TEN of Crehore's "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). Boing Boing began to feature her art regularly.
("Backstage" from the Little Pierrot Series 2004, 2005)
In 2006, Crehore exhibited eight more paintings in 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 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 one of her paintings
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)
On Feb. 13, 2009, Amy Crehore opened her long-awaited 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, echoing the themes
of the paintings (photo above). She executed a mural on the front wall of the gallery
and The Hokum Scorchers (Crehore's band), 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 2009, Amy Crehore was part of a Pop Surrealism show at
The Shore Institute of Contemporary Art in Long Branch, NJ. That summer she exhibited at
a San Diego Comic-con event. In the last few years, Amy has participated in groups shows at
Last Rites & Marianne Boesky Galleries in NYC as well as shows in CA and Italy.
Parlor Gallery in Asbury Park, NJ and Jiro Miura Gallery in Tokyo, Japan are showing
her paintings in 2015.
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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 is the "Twitch" concert ukulele which was completed in 2015.
(See music section for links to instruments.)