The work of American artist Amy Bessone draws on representations of the female figure throughout history. Described by Bessone as “feminine archetypes”, these subjects form a central component of her paintings and sculptures, and reflect a range of sources, including ancient marble nudes, Renaissance reliefs and personal souvenirs.
As the focal point of her evocative and playful landscapes, the artist’s longstanding engagement with the female form relates to her desire to develop an artistic practice that is accessible. As she has commented, “what is more universally relatable than the human body?”
Bessone’s meditations are informed by an interest to subvert existing portrayals of women in the cultural sphere, and the artist is equally passionate about citing art historical tropes which may appear in opposition to contemporary feminist ideals.
Found objects are another key aspect of Bessone’s practice. The items she cites within her work, especially in relation to her small-scale figurines and ceramic works, have been termed by Bessone as her "muses".
Bessone was born in 1970 in New York, USA. She studied in Paris and Amsterdam from 1989-1995, earning a BFA from Parsons Paris School of Design, and received further education at De Ateliers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The artist lives and works in Los Angeles, California,
Recent exhibitions include All of Them Witches, Deitch Projects, Los Angeles, California, USA (2020); Demifigures, La Loma Projects, Pasadena, California, USA (2020); Yarrow Pickers, Harper’s Apartment, New York, USA (2020); Paint, Porcelain and Pulp: Amy Bessone, Francesca DiMattio, and Natalie Frank, Salon 94, New York (2019), Reclamation Island, The Pit, Los Angeles (2019), NO MAN'S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. (2016) which toured from the Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2015), and Amy Bessone, Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger (2014).
Bessone's work features in a number of museum collections including Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Frac Bretagne, Châteaugiron. Her work has also been acquired by foundations, including Rennie Museum, Vancouver, and Rubell Family Collection, Miami.
Amy Bessone is represented by Alison Jacques Gallery, London and Salon 94, New York.