Mary Weatherford, Eden, 2017, Flashe and Neon on linen, 117 × 234 × 3 inches (297.2 × 594.4 × 7.6 cm) © Mary Weatherford Studio. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen Studio.
Profoundly interested in experience, Mary Weatherford makes paintings that evoke a specific time, locale, and temperature. Her recent works, in which the canvases are affixed and sometimes juxtaposed with working neon light, provide an elusive and sometimes radical comment on the legacy of gestural abstraction. Weatherford is noted for her masterful use of overlapping fields of color, and as her work has advanced the increasingly complex and luminous interactions between paint, lighting, and wiring have produced a hybrid form that collapses the distinction between painting and installation.
Mary Weatherford was born in 1963 in Ojai, California. She received a B.A. from Princeton University in 1984, an M.F.A. from the Milton Avery School of Fine Arts at Bard College in 2006, and was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow of the Whitney Independent Study Program in 1985 . Group and solo exhibitions have included “Easter,” Debs & Co., New York (2000); “The Cave,” Brennan & Griffin, New York (2010); “The Bakersfield Project,” Todd Madigan Gallery, Bakersfield (2012); “The Forever Now,” Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); “Los Angeles,” David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (2014); “NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection,” Miami (2015); and “Unpacking,” the Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles. Weatherford’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Rubell Family Collection, Miami; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.; the Mead Art Museum of Amherst College; and the Orange County Museum of Art, California.
Weatherford currently lives and works in Los Angeles.