Amy Donaldson + Amelie Ducommon

SLATE contemporary's Hall Gallery | 473 25th Street, Oakland, CA

May 2017

Introducing two new artists to SLATE’s line-up: Amy Donaldson (California) and Amélie Ducommon (France).

Amy Donaldson’s passion for painting comes through in every brush stroke. Her influences span the centuries, including European Romanticism, Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism, and contemporary street art. Nonetheless, she has created a signature style that connects the past with the present with a vibrant sense of immediacy and freshness. Many paintings burst with joy and light from the heavenly realm, while others are cloaked in a more intimate softness, a sense of history, or an indefinable mystery.  A native of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Amy Donaldson has exhibited her work internationally. In 2016 alone, she had a solo show in Paris, work at the Brussels Art Fair, Art Basel Miami, Atlanta’s National Juried Exhibitions, and Illinois State Museum. Her work has appeared in Chicago PD, Luxe Magaizne, Nuevo Estilo Magazine, Madrid, and many other publications. Her paintings are in numerous public and private collections, and she has completed commissions for a number of hospitals, banks, and luxury residences. She currently lives and works in Redding, California.

Amélie Ducommun is a French-Swiss artist living and painting in Barcelona. The Water Mapping series of paintings is inspired by nature, and specifically by the power of water. She is particularly masterful at using her method and medium to create imagery that both refers to the way the natural world looks, and also captures ephemeral memories and transcendent emotions that nature can also inspire. Like memories, her imagery is layered, and flickers in and out of our field of vision, with forms disappearing almost as soon as we notice they are there.  At the age of 32, Amélie Ducommun has already had more than 60 exhibitions in France, Spain, USA, China, Italy, Switzerland, Dubaï (EAU), Portugal, United Kingdom, Belgium, and the US. Her professional life as an artist began with an education at the school of Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris (ENSAD) and the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona. She has received numerous awards, including the Prix Georges Wildenstein, and an award from the Academy of France. She was also awarded a residency by the Miro Foundation to spend four months working in the summer studio of Joan Miro, producing work that interacted with the local landscape. Two paintings inspired by rivers were subsequently acquired by the Foundation. In 2015, she was selected to represent France in a series of exhibitions in China that celebrated diplomatic relations between the two countries, and, in 2016, she moved her studio to Barcelona. In 2017, her work will be exhibited at galleries in France, Portugal, United Kingdom, Canada, and the US.