Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA. Whitney Bedford received her MFA at the University of California Los Angeles in 2003. She was the winner of the 2001 UCLA Hammer Museum Drawing Biennial and received a Fulbright Graduate Fellowship from the Hochschule der Kuenste, Berlin, Germany.Read More
Bedford explores the emotional potential of the landscape by charging up ocean paintings that are historically more often connected with themes of war or expanding frontiers. By projecting her personal fears and anxieties onto the landscape, Bedford creates an intense juxtaposition of restrained drawing technique and gestural bursts of paint that add an explosive tension to the work.
Recent exhibitions include "Houdini: Art and Magic, 1919-1949" at the Jewish Museum, New York, NY; "This Is Killing Me", at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams; "X - Snow Falls in the Mountains", St Paul's St Gallery, University of Auckland, New Zealand; "The Triumph of Painting, part 5, Which Reality?", The Saatchi Gallery, London; "Step Into Liquid", Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, among others. Whitney Bedford has had exhibitions at D'Amelio Terras Gallery, New York, Galerie Lelong, New York, Art:Concept, Paris, France, and at Starkwhite, Auckland, New Zealand.
This is the third Auckland exhibition by LA artist Whitney Bedford, presenting paintings of clippers sailing in turbulent seas - a metaphor for her own emotional inner life - and in other works, the distinctive details and outlines of Californian vegetation. She works with flat pastel backgrounds, intricately detailed botanical textures rendered...