Mary Weatherford was born in Ojai, California. After Princeton she went on to earn her 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. 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. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
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