Amy Lincoln

 “The clouds and moon in the paintings are often modelled and sculptural, but other things like stars are flat and painted like a symbol. I paint the waves of the ocean in distinct rows, as you might see in a stage set. The sun is an opportunity for an abstract pattern radiating out from a circle…I like systematically transitioning from one colour to another in bands across the surface of the painting, to create an illusion of space and also to discover unexpected colours along the way.'' 

Amy Lincoln (b. Bloomington, IN) makes imaginative and intensely hued paintings of the natural world; in which uniform clouds loom over star-spangled skies, waves lap in strict formation across the ocean, and suns radiate palpable rays of vivid colour. 


Colour acts as a central point of Lincoln’s abstracted, dream-like works. Lincoln painted fictitious botanical scenes for many years, inspired in part by naïve painters such as Henri Rousseau. More recently she has simplified her compositions to focus on elements such as water, weather, sunlight and clouds. Few of these subjects, however, are rendered in local colour or concrete form. Every bit of matter in this world can reflect or refract light and appear in any possible shade. 


While the paintings feel spacious, every inch of the surface is intricately considered and applied. Through layered gradations of colour, Lincoln constructs a space reminiscent of a stage set, in which dramas of an imagined natural world play out for our contemplation. 


Amy Lincoln lives and works in Queens, New York. She completed her MFA in Painting at Temple University, Tyler School of Art in 2006 and her BA in Studio Art at University of California, Davis. Lincoln’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at: Sperone Westwater, NY (2021), Taymour Grahne Projects (Online, 2021), Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York (2018, 2016), and Monya Rowe Gallery, Saint Augustine, FL (2016), among others. Her work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions at galleries in New York including Sargent's Daughters (2018), Regina Rex (2017), Norte Maar (2009; 2010; 2012) as well as internationally at Galerie Valerie Bach, Brussels, Belgium (2020) and Artual Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon (2019). Lincoln has been awarded residencies at the Wave Hill Winter Workspace program, the Inside Out Art Museum Residency in Beijing, and a Swing Space residency from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.


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Selected Press


The Chromologist, 2021

Forbes, 2021

I Like Your Work Podcast, 2019

Two Coats of Paint, 2019 

Sound and Vision Podcast, 2017 

Maake Magazine, 2017

The Brooklyn Rail, 2016 

The New Criterion, 2016