Amanda Clyne : Statement

Amanda Clyne's studio practice is driven by her interest in portraiture, art history, representations of the feminine, and the affect of textiles and couture. Through digital and material processes, she dismantles images from the history of painting and contemporary culture to explore their contradictory promises of intimacy and spectacle, desire and futility, immortality and evanescence. Her final works portray the fragile nature of seeing and of being seen.


Amanda was a corporate lawyer in New York City who, after the trauma of 9/11, quit her law career to become an artist. She studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York before returning home to Toronto where she graduated with the Drawing and Painting medal from OCAD University in 2009. In 2014, Amanda completed her MFA (Visual Arts) from York University. Her work has been featured in many publications and blogs, including New York's Hyperallergic, Canada's Akimblogand Italy's L'Espresso. She has been awarded an Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant and has exhibited her work in Europe, the U.S. and across Canada. Her paintings are in the corporate collections of Mercedes Benz, Holt Renfrew and Astra Zeneca.