Amy Magee (b. 1997) is a British artist best known for her visceral abstract work and immersive, sculptural relief paintings.
Magee grew up in rural England and developed a natural love for painting from an early age. Her early influences were wide-ranging and focused on her fascination with depicting both human form and human expression. She recalls growing up admiring dramatic classical figurations by Michelangelo and Caravaggio whilst witnessing Jenny Saville transcend the boundaries of classical figuration and modern abstraction. A dominant influence arose whilst she was becoming a Bachelor of Psychology at university and resonated with the post-war Abstract Expressionists' exploration of spontaneous emotion.
Magee now works from her studio in Bristol, the city of street art and the birthplace of artists such as Banksy and Damien Hirst. Here, Magee established her signature style that draws on her vast artistic influences and inspiration to create beauty out of the imperfect, abrasive urban landscape. Blending brushwork, spray paint and industrial mediums, she creates bold statement works that explore topics such as the power of nature, human form, and the immediacy of street art.
Her curated collections use provocative depth of colour, abrasive texture and expressive brushstrokes to elicit a range of emotions within viewers. From deep introspection to electric energy, viewers become spectators of spontaneous emotion immortalised on canvas. Magee continues to push the boundaries of classical techniques and the latest paint technologies (i.e. with paint developers and sourcing sustainable, surf-standard resin made from plant biowaste).
To date, Magee was commissioned to produce a series of paintings for the judges' houses in a BBC TV Talent show, recognised in British Vogue and GQ as a recommended artist, and this year has been named Contemporary Artist of the Year 2022 (SME Awards). She continues to produce sold-out collections, and her work now features in many private collections worldwide.