Amy Abshier at Blue Gallery 2018

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Amy Abshier

LES FLEURS du MAL Solo Exhibition 2018

118 Southwest Blvd Kansas City, MO 64108 816.527.0823 BlueGalleryOnline.com


LES FLEURS du MAL Amy Abshier (American, b. 1974) Fleurs du mal, flowers of evil... I say it with a bit of a wink, because nothing in this body of work depicts anything close to a portrait of true evil. These women are merely cloaking their motives and real emotions behind their ‘pretty’ faces; just as a bright, seductive flower might be hiding a dangerous poison. It’s a valuable lesson: don’t take things (or people) at face value... it could prove to be one’s undoing. Amy Abshier was raised on the Texas Gulf Coast, in a small farming and ranching community. She moved to Kansas City, Missouri to attend classes at the Kansas City Art Institute, where she received her bachelor’s degree in fine art in 1997. Since then, Amy has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and her work can be found in private and corporate collections nationwide. Amy Abshier currently lives and works in Kansas City, MO.


Amy Abshier LES FLEURS du MAL Opening Reception + Artist’s Talk Thursday, October 4, 2018 6–9 pm Artist’s talk begins at 7 pm First Friday, October 5, 6–9 pm artist will be in attendance both nights exhibition runs through October 27, 2018


Hothouse Flowers oil on canvas 28.5” x 40.5” fr. $2400



154 Blue Eyes oil on canvas 26.25” x 22.25” fr. $1950



She Is Made of Sterner Stuff oil on canvas 28” x 24” fr. $1850



Tenuous oil on canvas 22.25” x 18.25” fr. $1850



Journey by Night oil on canvas 22.25” x 18.25” fr. $1850



A Magpie oil on canvas 22.25” x 18.25” fr. $1650



Suffused oil on canvas 30” x 24” fr. $1650



Ginger & Grey oil on canvas 26.25” x 20.25” fr. $1450



An Unwanted Discovery oil on canvas 26” x 22” fr. $1400



Odalisque oil on canvas 26.25” x 22.25” fr. $1400



Dream No. 6 oil on canvas 22.25” x 18.25” fr. $1250



It’s Nothing to Do With You oil on canvas 22.25” x 18.25” fr. $1200



Audrey oil on canvas 26” x 22” fr. $1100



In the Shadow of the Sphinx oil on canvas 26” x 22” fr. $1100



I Wanna Tell You But It’d Break Your Heart oil on canvas 26.25” x 22.25” fr. $1000



I Don’t Need Your Stupid Flowers oil on canvas 22.25” x 18.25” fr. $1000



What I’ve Been Dreaming Of oil on canvas 20” x 17” fr. $950



I Won’t Disappear oil on canvas 14.25” x 14.25” fr. $850



A Luminous Quality oil on canvas 18” x 15” fr. $750



Winsome oil on canvas 18” x 15” fr. $750



In the Cabinet of Wonders oil on board 9” x 8” fr. $500



10:42pm oil on board 11.25” x 11.25” fr. $400



Wrecked oil on board 10.75” x 10.75” fr. $400



8:22pm oil on board 12” x 12” fr. $400




BIO Amy Abshier was raised on the Texas Gulf Coast, in a small farming and ranching community. She moved to Kansas City, Missouri to attend classes at the Kansas City Art Institute, where she received her bachelor’s degree in fine art in 1997. She relocated to Ventura, California in 2001 and moved back to Kansas City in the spring of 2005. “Most of my works are painted as a mimicry of traditional portraiture, but are (as I see them) vehicles to another concept entirely. Almost all of them have a very tongue-in-cheek wryness about them as I explore themes ranging from self-image issues to historical oddities to the dissection of fairy tales and popular culture. They differ in emotion; some are just silly, while others are plainly macabre, but they are all simple illustrations to the subtle narratives underneath.” PROFILE I am an illustrator and fine artist interested in pop culture, folk and fairy tales, costuming, and relationships. I’ve worked on a large variety of projects ranging from editorial illustrations and children’s book illustrations to commissioned paintings and gallery exhibitions. My work is stylized, narrative, and compelling. EDUCATION Bachelor of Fine Arts 1997 Kansas City Art Institute Kansas City, Missouri Studied illustration and painting PUBLISHED ILLUSTRATION WORK The Four Ugly Cats in Apartment 3D, Aladdin Paperbacks (Simon and Schuster), 2003 The Baffler, issues #14 and #15 2002 The Adventures of Erasmus Twiddle, Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2001 ARTICLES AND REVIEWS Ventura Life and Style “Painting on the Double: Uncanny Oils by Amy Abshier” Spring 2004 Ventura County Star Art Scene “Incredible Incidentals” January 23, 2003 Ongoing Representation October 2005--Present Blue Gallery, Kansas City


118 Southwest Blvd

Kansas City, MO 64108

816.527.0823

BlueGalleryOnline.com