Mary Weatherford



Mary Weatherford (born 1963) creates large-scale abstractions of urban and natural landscapes, situating the viewer in her own experiences of encountering the sublime. The American artist paints the cities that inspire her, namely Manhattan and Los Angeles, each of which birthed a series of compositions rendered from memory. Her works frequently incorporate organic matter such as seashells and starfish, while her seminal series The Bakersfield Project (2012) introduced tubes of neon light, marking a turning point in her practice. The addition of sculptural elements invigorates her work with thedynamism of physical and temporal space, capturing the materiality of the moment. Perhaps motivated by her love for music, each painting is evocative of an emotional sensation more than a visual experience. Weatherford explains, “I guess painting for me is like writing songs. I think of them musically, some of the big ones are quite orchestral.”


Weatherford’s paintings draw on a rich history of American modernism, most notably Abstract Expressionism and Color Field Painting. In 1984, she received her B.A. from Princeton University, followed by an Independent Study Program at the Whitney and an M.F.A. at Bard College years later. Her recent works are featured in art museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the Hammer Museum. Weatherford currently lives and works in Los Angeles.