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FEATURED ARTIST: Amy Kollar Anderson

2010 March 15

Enter the Featured Artist Contest!I’M MELTING

I love Surrealism in art. I just do. Fried eggs permanently remind me of Dali’s melting clocks.  It is embedded now.

But I digress.  Surrealism has had a significant influence on my own work, and I believe it is that same slant of Surrealism that I love in the work of Amy Kollar Anderson.  And I am pleased and proud to have painter Amy Kollar Anderson as AAAD’s latest Featured Artist!

Anderson grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. Her inspirations are gathered from the work of the Surrealists, Symbolists, Art Nouveau, and the decorative arts.

Nite Mare by Amy Kollar AndersonIntrigued by the forms, textures and colors found in nature, she collects bits of plants, rocks, bones, and feathers, then sorts them in jars in her studio. Her current series explores divergent environments inside and outside the containers, and addresses issues of environmental concern and child welfare.

She received her B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her Master of Humanity with a focus in Fine Arts, from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

She currently lives with her husband and their four cats in Dayton, Ohio, and works as the Gallery Coordinator for the Rosewood Gallery in Kettering, Ohio.

See “Nite Mare” pictured right.  To watch a time-lapsed video of Anderson painting “Nite Mare,” click Here.

Of her process Anderson says, “I enjoy the process of creating a completely new environment in each painting, complete with new rules about interactions and colors.

Detail of "The Messenger" from Featured Artist Amy Kollar Anderson!I enhance this juxtaposition of imagery by creating what I call the ‘gypsy aesthetic’ of patterns and colors, which is inspired by my frequent trips to local thrift stores.

“The aesthetic involves a contrast of overlapping vintage and modern design elements and untraditional paint choices, such as metallic, fluorescent and interference colors.

This subtle psychedelic presentation misdirects the viewer from immediately focusing on the issues presented, therefore creating harmony and tension in the narrative.”

“The Messenger” (pictured left) is one of the images I watched in progress on Anderson’s facebook fan page.  I encourage you to reach out and get connected with Anderson on facebook, MySpace, and her website .

Sign up for Anderson’s announcement list, find connections to her Etsy shop and more via the Contact Page on her website.

Click to Learn more about Featured Artist Amy Kollar Anderson!

If you would like to be considered as a Featured Artist,
submit your work to the Featured Artist Contest.

89 Responses
  1. Denise permalink
    January 7, 2011


  2. Billy Walsh permalink
    January 8, 2011

    Amy, You are just plain AMAZING!!!

  3. Heather Lea Reid permalink
    January 10, 2011

    Amy’s work is amazing! The city of Dayton is in awe of her and her work. We are lucky to have such talent here!!!

  4. Jeffz permalink
    January 10, 2011

    Absolutely LOVE what you do!!

  5. Sausha Calfa permalink
    January 10, 2011

    Beautiful! Words cannot descibe. You are so blessed with many gifts….

  6. January 11, 2011

    Wow, I hope to one day own an Anderson. I love all the beautiful colors, and the thrift store too. I enjoy following your work and hope to meet you someday.

  7. pam adams permalink
    January 11, 2011

    I hope people take the opportunity to view your time lapse videos.
    They give a glimpse into how your paintings evolve and the many many
    hours that you put into completing them. You are AWESOME!

  8. Aubrey permalink
    January 12, 2011

    T and I will be moving into our new place soon. We’ll have to have you and D over, so that we can talk about a piece for the house! We still haven’t decided on a subject yet, but we have to have one of your paintings! (Maybe the house will inspire you? haha)

  9. January 12, 2011

    Nice one Amy, come as no real surprise for you to be featured, Salud 🙂

  10. Slama permalink
    January 12, 2011


  11. Lyndsey permalink
    January 13, 2011

    I am so lucky to own a piece of it in my house. You are truly talanted!

  12. Karen WH permalink
    January 14, 2011

    Love your work. Its so original!

  13. david permalink
    January 14, 2011

    Lucky enough to have been able to see Amy transform canvases for close to 19 years. She truly expands upon the world in which we live……..

  14. David Kingston permalink
    January 14, 2011

    Amy’s work is phenomenal. Pictures on the web don’t justice to the truly mesmeric charm her art possesses.

  15. Mark permalink
    January 14, 2011

    I think your stuff is weird. In a good way.

  16. Slama permalink
    January 14, 2011

    all art is a self portrait what an interesting caring person you are!

  17. PJ Barton permalink
    January 14, 2011

    Amy, I love your detail and seeing your process pieces. You have such an interesting eye.

  18. Paul barton permalink
    January 14, 2011

    Looks great, keep it up.

  19. Brian Smith permalink
    January 15, 2011

    Amy’s art is so interesting. I’ve been lucky enough to see it in person, and it always catches my eyes. I can look at it over and over and it always seems fresh.

  20. January 15, 2011

    Lovely visual smorgasbord…

  21. DJ Clark permalink
    January 15, 2011

    Amy’s work is diverse, dreamy and one of my fav artists. It has been great watching her art transform over the years. Keep it up!

  22. hollie permalink
    January 15, 2011

    I love your work, bright, deliciously colourful and your women are amazing, real, yet dreamy.

  23. Michelle permalink
    January 15, 2011

    We own two of her paintings- they are so amazing! I especially like the vibrant, swirly backgrounds in her pieces. Every inch of her work is filled with beautiful details and tons of creativity!

  24. Sam Hull permalink
    January 15, 2011

    Her work is truly fantastic.

  25. Adrienne permalink
    January 15, 2011

    The artwork seen here is such a small sampling of Amy’s ability… .she truly is an amazing and spectacular artist!

  26. January 15, 2011

    Amy is a great artist and friend! I love her use of patterns and the world she creates is visually stunning. Amazing!

  27. January 15, 2011

    Amy’s work continues to evolve as she investigates her world in color. Amazing works of a very rich and flexible imagination.

  28. January 15, 2011

    Amy paints the land that I live within my own head. I like all of her work and especially the vegetation within the worlds of the paintings.

  29. Owen Callahan permalink
    January 15, 2011

    Amy’s work makes you wonder about the nature of artists. Especially artists who create extreme fantasy. Even though we’re all free to take it beyond the limit, most of us yank back on the expression when we perceive that we’ve crossed that imaginary line. We take off the new hat. Put a different color shirt on. Bring it all back to normal. Not Amy. She crosses that imaginary line in every painting. Probably lives on the other side. We’re just lucky enough to get a small peek over that border. Looking into her imaginary world is like humming a favorite song. Stays with you all day, males you feel good and makes you want to step over that line.

  30. January 15, 2011

    Amy’s work is is as spectacular as it is sophisticated. Her time-lapse video’s of her work demonstrate her mastery of composition and fearless use of allegory and symbolism. Dali meets Lewis Carroll. Her technical prowess as a painter is not to be underestimated either. Her patient, meticulous attention to detail draws the viewer into her narrative fantasies, suspending all disbelief. Simply awesome!

  31. John permalink
    January 15, 2011

    Every time I look at one of your pieces, I see something new. The detail is incredible.

  32. January 15, 2011

    i <3 Amy 🙂

  33. mare hilchey permalink
    January 15, 2011

    I’ve been watching Amy’s work for several years, it’s so imaginative and well done. Very cool art!

  34. Mary Burnside permalink
    January 15, 2011

    You are one of the most talented artists I have ever met. Dayton is extremely lucky to have you! I absolutely LOVE your work!

  35. Stephen Hobbs permalink
    January 15, 2011

    Love this artist!

  36. dee dee kuharik permalink
    January 15, 2011

    always interesting to look at and appreciate…love, love, love her work!

  37. Doug Richards permalink
    January 15, 2011

    I am fascinated by Amy’s work! Her choice of colors, and attention to details, bring to life her fantastic imagination. I wonder if any two people have the same conception while viewing one of her creations?

  38. Shawn C permalink
    January 15, 2011

    amazing detail!

  39. Jen permalink
    January 16, 2011

    Refreshing to see someone doing this kind of work using a painted medium (instead of digital). Gives it an authentic quality and depth.

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