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 woman artist, painting empowering images of girls from the feminine gaze.” She explores femininity with evocative illustrations or photos of mythical and contemporary goddesses. Her recent sequence of present-day goddesses portraits begun in 2017 titled “Cultured Pearls Portraits.” Jointly this team of 150 portraits generate a visual documentation of present-day girls curators and artists.

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

Her journey is fascinating and her universe both equally joyful and socially engaged. Amy Chaiklin has labored and lived each in Europe, in which she studied with Elaine de Kooning, and New York that she calls house. Her function has been exhibited in team and solo exhibitions, is current in various general public art collections and she is a recipient of several awards, grants, fellowships and artist residencies.

Amy Chaiklin’s portray “Cultured Pearls Portraits: Artists Guerrillla Girls” will be element of the forthcoming exhibition Feminist Connect on look at from March 4 – 31, 2022 at Charles Adam Studio Project, a non-financial gain arts business launched by gallerist Mr. Charles Adams and situated 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 out to be an artist? All my daily life have been drawings and portray. I appreciate colours.  

Amy Chaiklin’s paintings Left to Suitable Goddess Flora (2007) and Goddess Isis (2013)

You have been a student of Elaine de Kooning. What did you find out  from her? 

Elaine de Kooning was my drawing instructor durning the Summertime of 1976 in Paris, France when I analyzed with the New York Studio College. In her class we drew with charcoal sticks on paper from dwell styles. Ms. de Kooning was really fascinated in training us the importance of the line gesture, even the erased line, as she thought the pentimento of the erased line extra depth to the drawing.

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

How substantially of yourself does your get the job done reveal? 

My get the job done reveals a terrific offer of myself.

I am a girl artist portray empowering pictures of females from the female gaze. 

Amy Chaiklin

Amy Chaiklin’s “Femme Energy Goddess” paintings from Still left to Ideal: She Releases Butterflies for Environment Therapeutic (2020), She Spreads Her Wings of Love (2020), and Femme Power #2 (2020)

Can you share about your existing challenge Cultured Pearl Portraits? what is your procedure and how do you decide the  women in the collection? 

My ’Cultured Pearls Portraits’ portray challenge (2017-ongoing) is made up of extra than 150 portraits that honor the sisterhood of artists and curators that have impressed, affected, and supported my perform. Each portrait is a present of appreciation. With each other these portraits are a visual documentation of the varied contemporary girls artists and curators doing work now, and these that have arrive prior to us to guide the way.
The portraits are resources from images that I have taken of just about every lady or published on social media. It is critical for me to paint my notion of each individual artist’s and curator’s essence by honoring their personalized stance, individual hairstyles, and trend choices. I attract every single girl with her eyes struggling with ahead as they every single appear immediately out at the planet.

From Still left to Suitable, 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 activities, the achievements you are the most very pleased of ? 

I have been painting on the concept of feminine empowerment and sensuality for 40 yrs. For the very last 27 yrs I have been a working towards artist though also getting a mom.

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

What are your present/upcoming initiatives?  

For starters I would like to thank Laurence de Valmy for interviewing me and publishing this interview with photos of my artworks in the Curious Frenchy Weblog.

I also take pleasure in my latest opportunities to talk about my do the job. On February 17, 2022, I introduced a virtual chat on my 40+ years art job of portray photos expressing feminine sensuality and empowerment for the members of A lot less Than 50 % The Image Salon hosted by Hall W. Rockefeller. The up coming working day on February 18, 2022, the artwork historian Bernadine Franco invited me to talk about two of my painting in her lecture titled “When Gals Artist are the Impression Maker of the Feminine Nude” that was provided in person at The New Britain Museum of American Art. Opening in March for Women’s Heritage month, my do the job is bundled in the ‘Feminist Connect’ group exhibition that will be on perspective from March 4 – 31, 2022 at Charles Adam Studio Challenge, positioned in Lubbock, Texas.

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

What is your dream task? 

To collaborate with an artwork historian and/or curator(s) on a solo exhibition of my do the job with a printed monograph arranged by an art museum or art institution. 

To know a lot more :

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

Hear to her interview on the podcast Beyond the paint