Amy Chaiklin claims “I am a woman artist, portray empowering visuals of women of all ages from the feminine gaze.” She explores femininity with evocative photos of legendary and present-day goddesses. Her current series of current-day goddesses portraits started out in 2017 titled “Cultured Pearls Portraits.” Collectively this group of 150 portraits build a visual documentation of up to date women of all ages curators and artists.

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

Her journey is fascinating and her universe the two joyful and socially engaged. Amy Chaiklin has labored and lived each in Europe, wherever she studied with Elaine de Kooning, and New York that she phone calls residence. Her do the job has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions, is current in many community artwork collections and she is a receiver of quite a few awards, grants, fellowships and artist residencies.

Amy Chaiklin’s portray “Cultured Pearls Portraits: Artists Guerrillla Girls” will be element of the impending exhibition Feminist Join on look at from March 4 – 31, 2022 at Charles Adam Studio Undertaking, a non-revenue arts business started by gallerist Mr. Charles Adams and positioned in Lubbock, Texas.

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


What sparked your curiosity for the arts and to grow to be an artist? All my lifestyle have been drawings and painting. I love hues.

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

You were being a college student of Elaine de Kooning. What did you understand  from her? 

Elaine de Kooning was my drawing instructor durning the Summer season of 1976 in Paris, France when I analyzed with the New York Studio University. In her course we drew with charcoal sticks on paper from live versions. Ms. de Kooning was very intrigued in instructing us the worth of the line gesture, even the erased line, as she believed the pentimento of the erased line included depth to the drawing.

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

How much of you does your get the job done expose? 

My operate reveals a terrific deal of myself.

I am a female artist portray empowering visuals of women from the feminine gaze.

Amy Chaiklin

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

Can you share about your present-day challenge Cultured Pearl Portraits? what is your course of action and how do you decide on the  women in the series? 

My ’Cultured Pearls Portraits’ portray job (2017-ongoing) consists of additional than 150 portraits that honor the sisterhood of artists and curators that have encouraged, affected, and supported my work. Each and every portrait is a reward of appreciation. Together these portraits are a visible documentation of the assorted present-day women artists and curators functioning these days, and these that have appear before us to direct the way.
The portraits are resources from photos that I have taken of just about every female or published on social media. It is critical for me to paint my perception of just about every artist’s and curator’s essence by honoring their private stance, individual hairstyles, and fashion alternatives. I attract each individual female with her eyes experiencing forward as they each glance directly out at the globe.

From Remaining to Ideal, 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 accomplishments you are the most proud of ? 

I have been painting on the topic of female empowerment and sensuality for 40 decades. For the last 27 yrs I have been a working towards artist even though also remaining a mother.

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

What are your present-day/impending tasks?  

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

I also take pleasure in my modern alternatives to talk about my do the job. On February 17, 2022, I offered a digital chat on my 40+ many years art profession of painting photos expressing woman sensuality and empowerment for the customers of Considerably less Than Half The Photo Salon hosted by Corridor W. Rockefeller. The upcoming working day on February 18, 2022, the art historian Bernadine Franco invited me to communicate about two of my painting in her lecture titled “When Gals Artist are the Picture Maker of the Female Nude” that was specified in individual at The New Britain Museum of American Artwork. Opening in March for Women’s Historical past thirty day period, my do the job is included in the ‘Feminist Connect’ group exhibition that will be on look at from March 4 – 31, 2022 at Charles Adam Studio Project, situated in Lubbock, Texas.

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

What is your desire undertaking? 

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

To know much more :

Test out the artist’s site Amy Chaiklin or Instagram @amychaiklin.

Hear to her job interview on the podcast Past the paint

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