Amy Park’s large-scale watercolor paintings take architecture as their point of departure. Grids are laboriously constructed through repetitive pencil marks and precise watercolor strokes creating enormous, optically charged fields that mirror the order, layering, scale, and density of information.
Park lives and works in Ellenville, NY with her partner, sculptor Paul Villinski and their 12-year-old musician son, Lark. In early 2021, they purchased a 1970’s department store in the center of the village to transform into an art studio. Over the ensuing year, they renovated the 4000 square foot structure.
Their impetus for buying this building was to create a space to share with the community. It has become a flexible studio that hosts movie nights, school art auctions, dance parties, artists’ presentations and community meetings, all the while continuing to function as a workspace for them. This type of activity was modelled by their friends, artists Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam, who created and ran artists’ spaces The Suburban and The Poor Farm Experiment in Wisconsin for decades.
Park’s work was recently included in “McCormick House: From the Collection” at the Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL, in the museum’s Mies van der Rohe designed home, and “Ed Ruscha Books & Co.” at Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA. She is represented by Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY and Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA with whom she has exhibited extensively. Her watercolors have been exhibited at Thomas Park Gallery, Seoul, Korea; Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY; The Suburban, Milwaukee, WI; Project Row House, Houston, TX; The Poor Farm Experiment, Manawa, WI; among others. Her work is widely collected and is in the permanent collections of Fidelity Investments; New York Presbyterian Hospital; The Cleveland Clinic; Deloitte and Touche; Microsoft Corporation; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; the Elmhurst Art Museum; the Cleve Carney Museum of Art; and Drawing Center’s Artist Archive at the Museum of Modern Art.
Park received a BFA and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Ox-Bow Summer Art School. She received a Sharpe-Walentas Space Program Award for 2007-2008, and was an Artist-In-Residence at the Serenbe Institute in 2012 and 2017. She was a recipient of a NEA-funded residency at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in 2017-18.