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Aquarius by Amy Devlin


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Aquarius by Amy Devlin [2021]


Oil Paint on Canvas

Image size: H:50 cm x W:50 cm

Complete Size of Unframed Work: H:50 cm x W:50 cm x D:4cm

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Exploring visually bodies in water makes up the bulk of my work. Due to the subject matter I take most of my reference photos in Summer, these shape my direction throughout the year as I explore what I have captured. The subsequent direction can be a fluid process as I take thousands of shots at each shoot and despite what I have planned, the unexpected moments caught are often the most exciting. I love to push the angles, finding a specific moment and then exploring the light and shadows in paint, how the play of water across the skin affects the colours, and the distortion of reflections from both under and above the water. My aim is to recreate the physical memory of being in the water for whoever is veiwing the painting. This year I have been including inflatables into my work, I love the solidity of colour and shape in contrast to the the variables of the water. In Aquarius particuarly, the way the colour bounces off the model's face and body and forms a frame around her as she emerges through the middle of it.

Amy Devlin, painter, is available for sale online and in our gallery at Wychwood Art. Paint has always been my favourite medium, and I feel very lucky to be able to do something I truly enjoy. I love the detail in life - a person, an animal, a shaft of light through water, the ever changing clouds. Working in oils I try to recreate a physical memory of water, sunshine and light. I aim to capture the solitude and tranquillity of water or skies by combining realism with impressionistic brushstrokes. Working from your photographs, I can produce high quality paintings of people or pets. For underwater commissions I am able to organise rental of an underwater camera to take on holiday with you to capture amazing underwater images. These unique pieces are a great gift idea or the perfect way to bring a memory to life. To discuss any of Adele Riley's original paintings for sale please call 07799535765 or email

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