Primarily working with oil on canvas, painter and photographer Amy Heald creates large scale representations of urban architecture. Her paintings are a method to understanding urban structure, taking inspiration from the history of local public houses representing social life centuries ago during the industrial era. The identity and significance of social structures during a working era are lost as they transform into working ones and Heald intends to portray these lost identities with extensive detail and perspective.
Co-founder and member of the artist group ‘Lace Collective’, a group of artists from the northern School of Art set to establish themselves in the art world, Heald is an active member of the art community. Her past shows include ‘Northern School of Art Graduate Degree Show’, Northern School of Art, Hartlepool (2021), ‘Celebrate Everything Festival’, Base Camp, Middlesbrough (2021), interviewed by Lisa Lovebucket as part of Teesside Rising Project (2021), ‘Picasso Baby Digital issues 001 and 002’ (2020-21), ‘A Box of People’, Pineapple Black Upstairs Space (2020), ‘Our Lasses 2’, Roro Studio (2020), ‘Picasso Baby 003’, Disgraceland, Baker Street (2020) and ‘Sad For Life Warehouse Party #002’, The Auxiliary Warehouse (2019).