Amy - Blue is a posthumous work, made shortly after the singer Amy Winehouses death in July 2011.
Amy - Blue by Marlene Dumas, 2011
© The artist courtesy Frith Street Gallery
- Oil on canvas
- 40 x 30 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £20,000 ( Total: £95,000)
- Acquired in:
- Frith Street Gallery
Amy - Blue was one of two portraits of Amy Winehouse unveiled as part of an exhibition of Marlene Dumass work at the Frith Street Gallery entitled Forsaken, exploring themes of existential despair within both a religious and secular context. Speaking about how the work came about, Dumas recalls being moved upon hearing of Winehouses death, and searching through images of Winehouse on the internet after hearing the news. Dumas has described Winehouse as a great musician, likening the singers description of being given a voice to the way the artist feels about her own ability to draw. Her painting of Winehouse crops and simplifies the singers characteristic features, creating an icon which is at the same time a likeness.