Amy - Blue is a posthumous work, made shortly after the singer Amy Winehouse’s death in July 2011.

Amy - Blue was one of two portraits of Amy Winehouse unveiled as part of an exhibition of Marlene Dumas’s 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 Winehouse’s death, and searching through images of Winehouse on the internet after hearing the news. Dumas has described Winehouse as a great musician, likening the singer’s 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 singer’s characteristic features, creating an icon which is at the same time a likeness.

Provenance

The artist.


National Portrait Gallery

St Martin's Place, London, Greater London, WC2H 0HE
020 7306 0055
Website

Opening times

Saturday - Thursday: 10am – 6pm
Friday: 10am – 9pm
Closed 24 – 26 Dec



Exhibitions at National Portrait Gallery

Back to top