A Creative life indeed…
Born, Eileen Amster, 1942 in Brooklyn New York, her father, an accomplished Florist, first placed a paintbrush in her hands at age 3. She’d already won her first competition at age 7, the Ford Award. She attended Pratt Institute’s after school program on a Merit Scholarship at age 10. Those classes, her first exposure to the drawing and painting of live models, and unleashed a passion for the human form she carries till this day.
She graduated Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn and began attending Pratt Institute as a full time student, majoring in Fine Arts and Painting. It was there she began studying under noted artist Jake Laundau and Richard Lindner. Lindner had studied with Picasso and Richard’s influence on her own work was soon to become apparent.
It was while studying at Pratt that she began to develop a style that has often been described as “Prismatic Eroticism”. The breakup of form and color as it relates to the human body, water and nature itself. She has pursued this artistic exploration her entire creative life.
Her work has exhibited at such notable venues as Lincoln Center, Mari Gallery, and La Mouch in Manhattan. She’s a former member of the New York Artist’s Equity and National Organization for Women. Her work has also exhibited in several galleries in lower Manhattan and she has been recognized as an “Accomplished Contemporary Artist”, registered with the National Registry of American Artist in D.C.
The road Ms. Amster lived on while residing and painting in Middletown N.Y. was renamed by the city fathers, Amster Rd.
Ms. Amster works primarily in oils and acrylics, and never uses additives or driers in her media. She prefers painting on virgin linen canvas which she stretches and prepares herself.