Mary Heilmann


Mary Heilmann’s vivid canvases unite the spontaneity of gestural abstraction with rigorous, minimalist geometries. They range from joyful, blocky compositions to abstracted landscapes rendered with free-flowing washes. The artist takes inspiration from 20th-century counterculture and has drawn on references as disparate as the Beat poets, surf culture, and the saturated color palette of The Simpsons. Heilmann received her BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, before pursuing an MA at the University of California, Berkeley. She has exhibited in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Berlin, among other cities. Her work belongs to many collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Orange County Museum of Art. Heilmann also makes colorful, sculptural furniture, which she occasionally exhibits alongside her paintings.

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