The Art of Amy Crehore

(Amy Crehore -middle- with collectors John Radzik and Screenwriter/Director Audrey Wells,
Applegate Gallery 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. 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 1987.

In 1991, the art directors at Playboy and Esquire magazines noticed her paintings and 
commissioned illustrations. For a couple of decades, she illustrated
 for many famous 
American magazines and top book publishers. During that time, she also exhibited 

paintings in group shows at the Portland Art Museum, Museum of American Illustration in NYC,
and various west coast galleries from Seattle to L.A.

Top magazines like The Atlantic Monthly, Business Week, ESPN Magazine, Esquire, 
Forbes, GQ, Islands, The Los Angeles Times, MS., The New York Times, Outside, Playboy, 
Prevention, Redbook, Rolling Stone, Texas Monthly
 (and many more) have featured 
her painted illustrations since 1991. Playboy alone commissioned her regularly for 12 years.

Amy Crehore's double portrait 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 Rolling Stone's
 corporate collection (image above).

Amy Crehore has been honored with awards in the fine arts (WESTAF,
Portland Art Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and more)
and the illustration arts 
(Communication Arts, American Illustration,
Society of Illustrators, Museum of American Illustration).

 figurative paintings are intuitive and poetic with touches of humor and sensuality.
She is drawn to painters such as Felix Vallotton, Felice Casorati, Giotto, Picasso,
Goya, Edouard Vuillard, Antonio Donghi, Giorgio De Chirico, Magritte, Matisse and Balthus.

Victorian illustration, comics, graphic arts, musical instruments from the
1920s and 30s, vintage children's books and movies have also influenced her.

In 2005, ten of Crehore's experimental "Little Pierrot" series paintings were
selected by the "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). 

("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". Earlier that year, Crehore took part in 
six other shows (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
 .) 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. 
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 exhibited her works. In September 2016, she was part of the 11th Blab! show
at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, CA  and LAX/ORD at Vertical Gallery, Chicago, IL. 

Antonio Colombo Gallery in Milan, Italy exhibited her prints in their Christmas show in December 2016.
Amy traveled to Italy in 2017 for her 4-women show at Antonio Colombo Gallery
 (May-Sept 2017).
She participated in the 2nd Ephemeral Show at Jiro Miura in Tokyo, Japan in Sept. 2017 
and the 12th annual Blab! Show in Santa Monica, CA at Copro Gallery in Sept-Oct 2017. 
Amy painted for 13th Blab! show in Sept. 2018 and the 3rd Ephemeral Show in Tokyo Sept 2019.

Currently Amy Crehore is having a solo show called "Bathers, Buskers and Cats" at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in L.A.
The show runs from Nov. 1- Dec. 1, 2019. She will also be part of Juxtapoz Black and White show in Miami Dec 4-8.
Her progress can be found on instagram LINK .

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(Collection of restored, hand-painted antique "Tickler" ukuleles from "Dreamgirls and Ukes" solo show, L.A.) 
In the early 1980's Amy Crehore published a comic book with Tom Campagnoli called
"Boys and Girls Grow Up".
In the 1990's, Crehore played music at Northwest festivals and at author Ken Kesey's events
in a band called The Hokum Scorchers (a duo with Lou Reimuller).
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 "Tickler Ukulele" design from scratch is the "Twitch" concert ukulele .

(See music section for links to instruments.)

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