Alicia McCarthy, ‘Untitled (1C)’, 2016, Headlands Center for the Arts: Benefit Auction 2017

TPC from edition of 30. Alicia McCarthy’s (Artist in Residence ’99) paintings transform found wood surfaces into bursts, geometric blocks of color and woven patterns that are often emphasized by text and spray paint. Her works bear a sculptural weight that contrasts with their deceptively simple mark- and image-making. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Alicia McCarthy, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York; Snobody, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen; and Alicia McCarthy + Jenny Sharaf, Johansson Projects, Oakland. McCarthy recently participated in Major Work, curated by Andrew Schoultz at Chandran Gallery, San Francisco; Patterned Chaos, Cinders, New York; Off the Grid, curated by Susette Min, EN EM Art Space, Sacramento; Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California, Oakland Museum of California; and Pierogi XX: Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition, Pierogi Gallery, New York. McCarthy received her BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. She received a 2013 San Francisco Artadia Award and was a resident at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is a 2017 SFMOMA SECA Art Award recipient. McCarthy is represented by Jack Hanley Gallery, New York.
–Courtesy of Headlands Center for the Arts

Framing courtesy of The Painters Place

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About Alicia McCarthy

Alicia McCarthy’s delicate abstract paintings embrace a punk/folk aesthetic (also called “urban rustic”) that combines the Bohemian street culture of San Francisco with forms of folk art. Made with humble non-art materials such as house paint and discarded wood, McCarthy’s work recalls the intricate patterns of démodé textiles. Snippets of text like “THE REAL YOU” and “The way in is the way out” reveal some of her underlying concerns. McCarthy is a member of The Mission School—a movement that arose in San Francisco in the 1990s, embracing the urban rustic aesthetic—which was featured in the 2008 documentary Beautiful Losers.

American, b. 1969, Oakland, California, based in Oakland, California

Solo Shows

Group Shows

Copenhagen V,
Chandran Gallery, 
San Francisco,
Waves for Water Benefit Auction

Fair History on Artsy

Jack Hanley Gallery at Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2015
Jack Hanley Gallery at Frieze London
Jack Hanley Gallery at NADA Miami 2013