Amy Crehore was born in the mountains of Virginia and grew up in the suburbs of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts earning a B. F. A. in Communication Arts and Design. After graduating, she lived outside of London for a short while before returning to Richmond, VA to start her career.
Amy Crehore has been painting ever since her first juried shows at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the late 1970s. She sold her work through the VA Museum Sales Gallery, participated in east coast group shows and solo shows, and worked as a graphic artist/illustrator at various publishers before moving out west to Oregon in 1987.
In 1991, the art directors at Playboy and Esquire magazines saw reproductions of her paintings and commissioned illustrations. For a couple of decades, Amy Crehore did editorial illustrations for top American magazines such as The Atlantic Monthly, Business Week, ESPN Magazine, Esquire, Forbes, GQ, Islands, The Los Angeles Times, MS., The New York Times, Outside, Playboy, Prevention, Redbook, Rolling Stone, and Texas Monthly. She painted book covers for Simon and Schuster and Houghton Mifflin and illustrated a picture book about Machu Picchu (which was featured on the Today Show). Her double portrait of Jewel and Alanis Morissette is included in the first anthology book "ROLLING STONE: The Illustrated Portraits" (Chronicle Books, 2000) and is part of Rolling Stone's art collection.
During this time she continued to exhibit her paintings in shows at the Museum of American Illustration (in NYC) and the Portland Art Museum (in Oregon), plus various west coast galleries from Seattle to Los Angeles.
Amy Crehore has been honored with juried awards from WESTAF, Portland Art Museum (OR), Communication Arts magazine, The American Illustration Annual, The Society of Illustrators (NYC and Los Angeles), The Museum of American Illustration (NYC), The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and more.
In 2005, Amy Crehore participated in Monte Beauchamp's first ever Blab! Art Show at Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica, CA along with her colleagues from the illustration world. Since then, she has shown with many galleries across the USA. Most of these galleries showcase new contemporary figurative painting. Sometimes called pop surrealism, this movement has roots in the comics and illustration worlds. Galleries such as The Shore Institute of Contemporary Art (NJ), Robert Berman Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), Thinkspace Gallery (L.A., CA), Roq la Rue Gallery (Seattle, WA), Last Rites (NYC), Ad Hoc Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), M Modern Gallery (Palm Springs), Corey Helford Gallery (L.A.), Applegate Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), Copro Gallery (Santa Monica, CA) and Parlor Gallery (Asbury Park, NJ) have all shown Amy's work.
In 2015, Amy began exhibiting bi-annually with Jiro Miura Gallery in Tokyo, Japan and in 2017, Antonio Colombo Gallery of Milan, Italy mounted a special four-women show featuring many examples of her art.
In November 2019, Amy Crehore had a solo show of new paintings called "Bathers, Buskers and Cats" at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. In December, she was invited to be part of Juxtapoz Magazine's 25th Anniversary B & W Drawing Show in Miami, FLA.
In Sept. 2020, she exhibited in the 15th Annual Blab! show at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, CA (her 6th Blab! show). She is currently participating in a group show in New Orleans, LA at Mortal Machine Gallery and will show again in Tokyo in 2021.
Amy Crehore's paintings are intuitive, poetic and timeless; a fictional realism based on memories and feelings, rendered with humor. She is inspired by the compositions of modern European masters such as Felix Vallotton, Felice Casorati, Picasso, Edouard Vuillard, Antonio Donghi, Giorgio De Chirico, Magritte, Matisse and Balthus as well as earlier painters such as Goya and Giotto. Comics, antique musical instruments, American roots music, vintage children's books, nature, cats, films and early photography have all influenced her work.
Amy and her husband, Lou Reimuller, sometimes play 1920s-30s blues music in a band called The Hokum Scorchers. Together, they have designed and built a few one-of-a-kind ukuleles (Lou is a luthier). In 2009, Amy painted designs on a selection of vintage ukuleles for her solo show at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles. They were exhibited alongside her original canvases.
Private studio Oregon