Biography: Calgarian Amy Dryer achieved immortality early in her career because her paintings appeared in the Calgary-filmed television series Fargo on the walls of Billy Bob Thornton’s character, Lorne Malvo. She also won hometown fame by landing on the cover of Avenue Magazine’s “Calgary’s Best” issue (2008), on Avenue’s Top 40 Under 40 list (2014), and inside Essential and Galleries West magazines as a featured artist.
To complete her B.F.A., Dryer attended the Alberta College of Art + Design (1997 – 2000), the Glasgow School of Art (2000), and the Fine Art program at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick (2002). She continued developing her German Expressionist aesthetic style through residencies at Emma Lake, Saskatchewan (2009) and the Banff Centre for the Arts (2013) and depicts everyday objects and scenes with an intensity that renders the mundane into bold figures and coloured-saturated landscapes.
Dryer donates paintings to organisations such as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Banff Centre, the Glenbow Museum, and Medical Ministry International USA, among others, which have netted more than $50,000 for their fund raisers. Her paintings live in more than a dozen public collections throughout Canada and the U.S., including those of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, TransCanada, and the Calgary Children’s Hospital. Her commendations include a Printmaking Award from Mount Allison (2001), and purchase awards from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (2011) and the Heritage Property Corporation (2009). Dryer’s exhibitions have opened in Calgary, Edmonton, Canmore, Toronto, and Saint John.
She lives, works, and teaches art in Calgary.