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Esther Pearl Watson “Just Passing Through a Magnetic Field,” 2023
Esther Pearl Watson
“Just Passing Through a Magnetic Field,” 2023
Esther Pearl Watson “Keep Lightning Bolts From Touching the Open-Ended Tube,” 2022
Esther Pearl Watson
“Keep Lightning Bolts From Touching the Open-Ended Tube,” 2022
Esther Pearl Watson “September 25, RBG,” 2020
Esther Pearl Watson
“September 25, RBG,” 2020
Esther Pearl Watson “February 14, 2021. Cabazon, California (Cabazon Dinosaurs),” 2021
Esther Pearl Watson
“February 14, 2021. Cabazon, California (Cabazon Dinosaurs),” 2021
Esther Pearl Watson “October 8, Covid Test, Dodger Stadium,” 2020
Esther Pearl Watson
“October 8, Covid Test, Dodger Stadium,” 2020
Esther Pearl Watson “November 9, There is a vaccine,” 2020
Esther Pearl Watson
“November 9, There is a vaccine,” 2020
Esther Pearl Watson “The Lightning Storm,” 2018
Esther Pearl Watson
“The Lightning Storm,” 2018
Esther Pearl Watson “May All Your Goals You Set,” 2019
Esther Pearl Watson
“May All Your Goals You Set,” 2019
Esther Pearl Watson “We Just Found A Kitten,” 2019
Esther Pearl Watson
“We Just Found A Kitten,” 2019
Esther Pearl Watson “Be Nice to Women,” 2019
Esther Pearl Watson
“Be Nice to Women,” 2019
Esther Pearl Watson “Supernova Remanence,” 2019
Esther Pearl Watson
“Supernova Remanence,” 2019
Esther Pearl Watson “I Detect a Faint Wisp of Interstellar Dust,” 2019
Esther Pearl Watson
“I Detect a Faint Wisp of Interstellar Dust,” 2019
Esther Pearl Watson “Dream Achiever,” 2019
Esther Pearl Watson
“Dream Achiever,” 2019
Esther Pearl Watson “Dream Believer,” 2019
Esther Pearl Watson
“Dream Believer,” 2019
1973
Born in Frankfurt, Germany
Lives and works in Los Angeles
2012
MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
1995
BFA, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

Select Exhibitions

2023
"At Heaven's Edge: Visions" Museum Krona, Uden, Netherlands
"Starship Pegasus," Antonio Colombo Gallery, Milan, Italy
"Sightings," Sun Valley Museum of Art, Ketchum, ID
"Space Gas," Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, TX
"Rituals of Devotion," McEvoy Family Collection, San Francisco, CA
"Perpetual Portrait," Vielmetter Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
"A Very Luminous Vision," Vielmetter Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
2022
"Guardian of Eden," Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
"Plants Now!" Vielmetter Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
"An Apparent Brightness," Maureen Paley: Morena di Luna, Hove, UK
2021
"Esther Pearl Watson," The Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
"Esther Pearl Watson," Vielmetter Los Angeles, Los Angeles. CA (Link)
"Dust it Off," Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, TX
2020
"Safer at Home: Pandemic Paintings," Vielmetter Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
"20 Years," Vielmetter Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
2019-2020
"Dream Believer," University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Parkside, WI
2019
"Rural Elements," Contemporary Art Museum of Plainview, Plainview, TX
"Esther Pearl Watson," Maureen Paley, London, UK
"April 14, 1561," Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
"The Moon: Eternal Pearl," Concord Center for the Visual Arts, Concord, MA
2018
"Tire Universe," Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
W+K Gallery, Portland, OR
2017
“Starship Pegasus,” Antonio Columbo Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, TX (solo)
"Now More Than Ever," LACE Benefit Art Auction, Los Angeles, CA
"For the Good Times," Sp(a)ce, Pasadena, CA
2016
"The 11th Annual Blab Show," Curated by Monte Beauchamp, Copro Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"The Furies," Visitor Welcome Center, Los Angeles, CA
"Cocoon," Arts Factory, Paris, France
"Galactic Plains," Gregorio Escalante Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
"Hearsay," Artists Reveal Urban Legends, LosJoCos Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015
"Atrium," Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX
"New Works," Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, TX
The Future Arrives, Galleri Galleberg, Norway, (solo)
Two-Person Exhibition, Family Lexicon, Antonio Colombo Gallery, Milan, Italy (with artist Fred Stonehouse) (catalogue)
2014
"Sky," Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA, (curated by DeWitt Cheng and Elizabeth Ferrer)
"Amazon Solitaire," Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Eagle Rock, CA
"Explorers," CSC Gallery, McLennan Community College, Waco, TX
"Hexenhaus," 495 Alameda St, Altadena, CA
"With Open Eyes," Grafikens Hus, Mariefried, Sweden (with artist Mark Todd)
"It’s Not a Circus Without a Big Top," Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, TX
2013
Summer Viewing Rooms, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA
2012
"Hidden Behind the Stars," Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, TX, (solo)
Permanent Collection, Nancy Margolis Gallery, NY
Cal/Arts MFA Graduate Exhibition, LA Mart, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Catherine Taft)
Fort Beavatron, CalArts Mint Gallery, Valencia, CA, (solo)
2011
CalArts Main Gallery, Valencia, CA, (solo)
"Incognito," Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
"Land Of Magic," Lesher Center for the Arts, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
"Women in Comics," (Curated) Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, TX
2010
"New Works," Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, TX, (solo)
2009
"Visions of the Future," Billy Shire Fine Art, Culver City, CA (with artist Owen Smith)
"Texas Instruments," Domy, Austin, TX, (solo)
"When in Texas act like a Texan," Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, TX
2008
"3rd Annual LA Weekly Biennial," Track 16, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Doug Harvey)
"Failure," The Lab at Belmar, Lakewood, CO
"Blab Show!," Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, Kansas City, MO (curated by Monte Beauchamp)
"LA Paint," Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA (curated by Phil Linares)
2007
"The Weirding Field," La Luz De Jesus, Los Angeles, CA, (solo)
2006
"What I Remember," Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery, Pasadena, CA (solo)
2005
"Keep On Laughing," Katherine Mulherin Contemporary, Toronto, Canada

Bibliography

2023
Williams, Gisela. "An Exhibition of U.F.O. Art Lands in Idaho," New York Times Style Magazine, September 14 (Link)
2022
Artnet Gallery Network. "5 Talents From the Artnet Gallery Network We’re Keeping an Eye on as the Fall Season Kicks Off," Artnet, September 14 (Link)
2021
Rylah, Juliet Bennet. "Esther Pearl Watson and Pandemic Paintings," The Pool, May 14 (Link)
"Friday at Frieze New York," Frieze, May 7 (Link)
McArthur, Roshan. "Pandemic Paintings by Esther Pearl Watson," Boutique Homes, January 22
Zellen, Jody. "Esther Pearl Watson: ‘Safer at Home: Pandemic Paintings’ Documenting the Everyday," ArtNow LA, January
Recinos, Eva. "Esther Pearl Watson Channels Strange Pandemic Life in 100 Paintings," Hyperallergic, January 12
2020
Dambrot, Shana Nys "Esther Pearl Watson Paints the Pandemic's Daily Strangeness," LA Weekly, December 10 (Link)
Watson, Esther Pearl. "An Artist Captures 4 Months of Sidewalk Chalk Drawings," The New York Times, July 19 (Link)
2019
Drambot, Shana Nys. "ART PICK: THE POST-IT SHOW," LA Weekly, December 6 (Link)
"Esther Pearl Watson, Mothership, 2019," Elephant, September 4 (Link)
"Esther Pearl Watson: Mothership," Time Out London, September 18 (Link)
Biswas, Allie. "Esther Pearl Watson – interview: ‘I really search out moments of awkward humour’" Studio International, September 16 (Link)
Dawson, Aimee and Ellie Lace, Kabir Jhala. "Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend," Art Newspaper, September 6 (Link)
Brady, Anna and Margaret Carrigan. "Private view: must-see gallery shows opening in September," Art Newspaper, September 4 (Link)
Zara, Janelle. "‘Everything Feels More Intimate’: Felix LA Brings New Life to Art-Fair Circuit," ArtNews, February 15 (Link)
Freeman, Nate. "The Future of Art Fairs Is in a Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard," February 15 (Link)
Remenchik, Jennifer. "Placing Art in Hotel Rooms Can Yield Genuinely Surprising Results," Hyperallergic, February 16 (Link)
Smith, Roberta. "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," New York Times, January 8 (Link)
Womack, Catherine. "The assignment: Design a poster that dispels America's myths about immigrants," Los Angeles Times, December 24 (Link)
2018
Remenchik, Jennifer, "A Painter Illustrates the Charm and Tragedy of the American Dream," Hyperallergic (web), July 9
2014
Lemke, Meg, "Dear Diary: An Interview with Esther Pearl Watson," The Paris Review (web), June 20 (Link)
Simek, Peter, "This Week’s 5 Best Art Gallery Openings and Events," D Magazine (web), May 28 (Link)
2012
Laughlin, Jamie, "Puppets And Spaceships Invade Waxahachie," Dallas Observer (web), November 15 (Link)
Morgan, Kendall, "Wacky and whimsical works from Miss Pussycat and Esther Pearl Watson invade Webb Gallery," Culture Map Dalllas (web), November 16 (Link)
Farr, Kristin, "Esther Pearl Watson," Juxtapoz, February
2011
Hudgens, Christopher, "Episode 323: Esther Pearl Watson," Badatsports (web), November 7 (Link)
2010
Farr, Kristin, "Big Dreams: Esther Pearl Watson at Sandra Lee Gallery," KQED Arts (web), June 11 (Link)
Enholm, Molly, "Esther Pearl Watson," art ltd. (web), July 10 (Link)
O'Toole, Meighan, "Esther Pearl Watson: Space is the Place," My Love For You (web), February 18 (Link)
2009
Weeks, Jerome, "Flying Saucers, Teen Angst and Esther Pearl Watson," Art and Seek (web), August 11 (Link)
Schroeder, Audra, "Building Spaceships in the Yard, Austin Chronicle (web), June 12 (Link)
Hamada, Jeff, "Esther Pearl Watson," Booooooom (web), February 27 (Link)
2007
Gray, Emma, "L.A Confidential," Artnet (web), January (Link)

Curatorial Projects

2019
"Post-It Show," Giant Robot/GR2 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Public Collections

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA