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Esther Pearl Watson - Artists - Andrew Edlin Gallery

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Esther Pearl Watson (b. 1973) We are Inside the Angelic Ball, 2022 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 24 x 24 inches
Esther Pearl Watson, who is based in Los Angeles, grew up in series of small towns outside of Dallas, Texas with her siblings, mother, and flying saucer-building father, Gene. Her father’s flying saucers and the nomadic aspects of her childhood inspire her “memory paintings,” which playfully narrate the experience of an economically precarious family living in rural America. Watson’s work highlights an absurd, persistent, and particularly American optimism that only seems to grow stronger in the face of failures of family, policy and the American Dream Watson’s paintings depict farmland and highways, oil rigs and pay day loan storefronts, playgrounds and parking lots each with a brief memory written in the corner of the painting to describe the scene. All the while, glittering flying saucers dot the sky and the children, usually pictured in something of a cheerful tumble, seem to be the ones narrating the text as if recollecting the facts years later.
Esther Pearl Watson has an MFA from CalArts. Her paintings have been exhibited worldwide including at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Her award-winning comic ”Unlovable” is published in Bust Magazine and with Fantagraphics. She has published Blood Lady Commandos, on Vice online and Welcome to Crapland on Adult Swim online. She has taught at Oxbow Artist Residency, The Lexicon of Sexicana at Columbia College in Chicago, and Artist-in-Residence at Grafikiens Hus in Mariefred, Sweden and is currently teaching at Pasadena Art Center College of Design.
Born 1973 in Frankfurt, Germany; Lives and works in Los Angeles
2012 MFA, California Institute of the Arts 1995 BFA, Art Center College of Design
2022 Esther Pearl Watson: Guardian of Eden, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NYEsther Pearl Watson: An Apparent Brightness, Maureen Paley, Marina Di Luna, Hove, UK The Magical Mystery Tour Returns, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2021Esther Pearl Watson, Safer at Home: Pandemic Paintings, Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University, MIEsther Pearl Watson: Greenhouse, Vielmetter Los Angeles, CADust It Off, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, TX
202020 Years Anniversary Exhibition, Vielmetter Los Angeles, CASafer at Home: Pandemic Paintings, Vielmetter Los Angeles, CA
2019Esther Pearl Watson: Dream Believer, University of Wisconsin-Parkside Fine Arts Gallery, Kenosha, WIMothership, Maureen Paley, London, UKFolk Art Collection of John Mitchell from Eureka Springs AR The Stink Eye, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, TX
2018Esther Pearl Watson: Tire Universe, Vielmetter, Los Angeles, CAApril 14, 1561, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New YorkGood Job Dream Achiever, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, TexasTire Universe, Vielmetter Los Angeles, CA
2017Starship Pegasus, Antonio Columbo Arte Contemporanea, Milan, ItalyBlackhole Blowout, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, TexasNow More Than Ever, LACE Benefit Art Auction, Los AngelesFor the Good Times, Sp(a)ce, Pasadena
2016The 11th Annual Blab Show, curated by Monte Beauchamp, Copro Gallery, Los AngelesThe Furies, Visitor Welcome Center, Los Angeles, CACocoon, Arts Factory, Paris, FRGalactic Plains, Gregorio Escalante Gallery, Los Angeles, CAHearsay, Artists Reveal Urban Legends, LosJoCos Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015Atrium, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TXNew Works, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, TXThe Future Arrives, Galleri Galleberg, NorwayFamily Lexicon, Antonio Colombo Gallery, Milan, IT
2014Sky, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CAAmazon Solitaire, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Eagle Rock, CAExplorers, CSC Gallery, McLennan Community College, Waco, TXHexenhaus, 495 Alameda St, Altadena, CAWith Open Eyes, Grafikens Hus, Mariefried, SwedenIt’s Not a Circus Without a Big Top, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, TX
2013Esther Pearl Watson, Vielmetter Los Angeles, CA
2012Hidden Behind the Stars, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, TX Permanent Collection, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY Cal/Arts MFA Graduate Exhibition, LA Mart, LA Fort Beavatron, CalArts Mint Gallery, Valencia, CA
2011 CalArts Main Gallery, Valencia, CAIncognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CALand Of Magic, Lesher Center for the Arts, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CAWomen in Comics, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, TX
2010 New Works, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, TX
2009Visions of the Future, Billy Shire Fine Art, Culver City, CATexas Instruments, Domy, Austin, TXWhen in Texas act like a Texan, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, TX
2008 3rd Annual LA Weekly Biennial, Track 16, Los Angeles, CAFailure, The Lab at Belmar, Lakewood, COBlab Show!, Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, Kansas City, KSLA Paint, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
2007The Weirding Field, La Luz De Jesus, Los Angeles, CA
2006What I Remember, Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2005Keep On Laughing, Katherine Mulherin Contemporary, Toronto, CA