Amy Chaiklin “a woman artist, painting empowering images of women from the female gaze”

Amy Chaiklin “a woman artist, painting empowering images of women from the female gaze”

Amy Chaiklin suggests “I am a lady artist, portray empowering visuals of ladies from the female gaze.” She explores femininity with evocative images of mythical and modern day goddesses. Her recent series of current-working day goddesses portraits began in 2017 titled “Cultured Pearls Portraits.” Jointly this team of 150 portraits produce a visible documentation of modern ladies curators and artists.

Chaiklin’s “Cultured Pearls Portraits” (Remaining to Proper) Michele Pred (2021), Mickalene Thomas (2020) and Tracey Emin (2021).

Her journey is captivating and her universe both joyful and socially engaged. Amy Chaiklin has labored and lived both equally in Europe, in which she studied with Elaine de Kooning, and New York that she calls household. Her function has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions, is current in numerous community art collections and she is a receiver of various awards, grants, fellowships and artist residencies.

Amy Chaiklin’s painting “Cultured Pearls Portraits: Artists Guerrillla Girls” will be component of the impending exhibition Feminist Join on view from March 4 – 31, 2022 at Charles Adam Studio Job, a non-income arts business founded by gallerist Mr. Charles Adams and found in Lubbock, Texas.

Chaiklin’s Cultured Pearls portrait Guerrilla Girls (2019) and Announcement for Feminist Hook up exhibition.


What sparked your desire for the arts and to turn into an artist? All my everyday living have been drawings and portray. I appreciate shades.  

Amy Chaiklin’s paintings Remaining to Right Goddess Flora (2007) and Goddess Isis (2013)

You were being a pupil of Elaine de Kooning. What did you discover  from her? 

Elaine de Kooning was my drawing teacher durning the Summer months of 1976 in Paris, France when I studied with the New York Studio Faculty. In her course we drew with charcoal sticks on paper from dwell designs. Ms. de Kooning was quite intrigued in training us the worth of the line gesture, even the erased line, as she thought the pentimento of the erased line extra depth to the drawing.

From Still left to Proper, Chaiklin’s “Cultured Pearls Portraits: Artists Elaine de Kooning (2019), Kiki Kogelnik (2019), and Emma Amos (2018)

How considerably of you does your operate expose? 

My operate reveals a terrific offer of myself.

I am a woman artist painting empowering photos of gals from the female gaze. 

Amy Chaiklin

Amy Chaiklin’s “Femme Ability Goddess” paintings from Remaining to Proper: She Releases Butterflies for Environment Therapeutic (2020), She Spreads Her Wings of Adore (2020), and Femme Electricity #2 (2020)

Can you share about your recent job Cultured Pearl Portraits? what is your process and how do you select the  women in the series? 

My ’Cultured Pearls Portraits’ painting challenge (2017-ongoing) is made up of extra than 150 portraits that honor the sisterhood of artists and curators that have inspired, influenced, and supported my get the job done. Just about every portrait is a reward of appreciation. Collectively these portraits are a visual documentation of the various contemporary gals artists and curators functioning right now, and those that have appear prior to us to lead the way.
The portraits are resources from images that I have taken of each girl or published on social media. It is crucial for me to paint my notion of every single artist’s and curator’s essence by honoring their own stance, particular person hairstyles, and trend selections. I draw each and every lady with her eyes experiencing forward as they every appear specifically out at the planet.

From Still left to Appropriate, Chaiklin’s “Cultured Pearls Portraits: Artists Firelei Baez (2019) and Betty Tompkins (2020), and Studio Museum in Harlem Director and Main Curator Thelma Golden (2019)

Can you share some of the best experiences, the achievements you are the most proud of ? 

I have been painting on the topic of female empowerment and sensuality for 40 a long time. For the very last 27 several years I have been a practicing artist although also currently being a mom.

Chaiklin’s Self-Portrait Portray (1991), Superwoman (1996), and Cultured Pearls Self Portrait (2020)

What are your recent/impending projects?  

Firstly I would like to thank Laurence de Valmy for interviewing me and publishing this interview with illustrations or photos of my artworks in the Curious Frenchy Site.

I also respect my modern opportunities to communicate about my operate. On February 17, 2022, I presented a digital converse on my 40+ many years artwork job of painting pictures expressing woman sensuality and empowerment for the customers of Significantly less Than Fifty percent The Picture Salon hosted by Corridor W. Rockefeller. The subsequent day on February 18, 2022, the artwork historian Bernadine Franco invited me to communicate about two of my portray in her lecture titled “When Girls Artist are the Graphic Maker of the Woman Nude” that was presented in particular person at The New Britain Museum of American Artwork. Opening in March for Women’s Historical past thirty day period, my work is provided in the ‘Feminist Connect’ team exhibition that will be on perspective from March 4 – 31, 2022 at Charles Adam Studio Undertaking, found in Lubbock, Texas.

Chaiklin’s “Cultured Pearls Portraits” (Remaining to Proper) Artists:Laurence de Valmy (2021) and Artwork Historian Bernadine Franco (2021)

What is your dream job? 

To collaborate with an art historian and/or curator(s) on a solo exhibition of my work with a revealed monograph arranged by an art museum or artwork establishment. 

To know a lot more :

Examine out the artist’s web-site Amy Chaiklin or Instagram @amychaiklin.

Listen to her job interview on the podcast Beyond the paint