Tara McPherson

United States 1976

Pop Surrealism, Illustration


Tara McPherson
Tara McPherson
United States
November 22, 2014
Nina Karaicic is a journalist with experience in TV and radio media. Born in 1989, she had studied at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Political Sciences (Journalism). Interests: Photography, Art, Film, Folklore, Video Games

Tara McPherson is an American artist based in New York City who creates art about people and their odd ways, her characters seem to exude an idealized innocence with a glimpse of hard earned wisdom in their eyes. Recalling myths and legends, issues from childhood and good old life experience, she creates images that are thought provoking and seductive. People and their relationships are a central theme throughout her work.

Tara was born in San Francisco in 1976 and raised in Los Angeles. She received her BFA from Art Center in Pasadena, CA in August 2001 with honors in Illustration and a minor in Fine Art. She interned at Rough Draft Studios, working on Matt Groening’s “Futurama” during college.

Tara exhibits her paintings and serigraphs in fine art galleries all over the world. Named the crown princess of poster art by ELLE Magazine, she has created numerous gig posters for rock bands such as Beck, Modest Mouse, and Melvins. Her array of art also includes creating toys with companies like Kidrobot, Dark Horse, and Toy2R, painted comics and covers for DC Vertigo, advertising and editorial illustrations for companies such as Wyden+Kennedy and Spin Magazine, and teaching a class at Parsons in NYC.

McPherson’s art has been included in books such as Bunny In The Moon: The Art of Tara McPherson Vol III, Lost Constellations; The Art of Tara McPherson Vol II, Lonely Heart: The Art of Tara McPherson, Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall, The Art of Modern Rock, Illusive 2, Illustration Now!, SWAG and SWAG 2, and more. She has lectured at TedxBrooklyn, Semi-Permanent, Offset, Institute of Comtemporary Art London, OFFF, School of Visual Arts, University of Philippines, AIGA NYC, AIGA Austin, Columbus College of Art and Design, Parsons, The University of Arizona, MADE in Edmonton and Foyles London. Her art has been featured in the Oscar Award winning film Juno, on the cover of the Eisner Award winning anthology Popgun 3, and is in the permanent collection of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In October 2012 she won Toy of the Year at the Designer Toy Awards for her ‘Lilitu’ figure produced by KidRobot.

She has been featured in The New York Times, Esquire, Vanity Fair, Playboy, Sony Magazine, Bust, Magnet, Elle, Marie Claire, Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz, Clutter, Spin, MTV, Current TV, Swindle, CBC Radio, Super7, Inked, NY Press, LA Times, PBS, Paste, HOW, Step, Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Metal Hammer, International Tattoo Art, AIGA, Seattle Times, LA Weekly, Gothamist, DC Comics, Punk Planet, Savage Tattoo and many more.

Some of her clients include DC Comics, Warner Brothers, Swatch, Dark Horse Comics, Kidrobot, Strangeco, SXSW, Spin, Pepsi, Fanta, Goldenvoice, Penguin, Harper Collins, Bloomsbury, Revolver, Knitting Factory, Playstation 2, House of Blues, Punk Planet, Dogfish Head Brewery, Nike and Wyden+Kennedy among others.

Tara McPherson lives and works in New York City.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Supernova Merry Karnoski Gallery Los Angeles, CASolo
2013Wandering Luminations Jonthan Levine Gallery New York, NYSolo
2013Lacrima Aquarium Dorothy Circus Gallery Rome, ITGroup
2013Message In A Bottle Scope – Art Basel Miami Miami, FLGroup
2013The Future is Now The Highline Loft New York, NYGroup
2013Spectrum Fantastic Art Live Kansas City, MOGroup
2012New Drawings Vinyl on Vinyl Makati City, PhilippinesSolo
2012New Works Merry Karnowsky Gallery Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011Sea No Evil Art Show 2011 Sea No Evil Riverside, CAGroup
2011Tiny Trifecta The Cotton Candy Machine Brooklyn, NYGroup
2011Songs of the Sirens Last Rites Gallery New York, NYGroup
2011INLE Gallery 1988 Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011Eau de Parfum Dorothy Circus Gallery Rome, ItalyGroup
2011Suggestivism Grand Central Art Center Santa Ana, CAGroup
2011Is This Thing On? An Artistic Tribute to Funny People Gallery 1988 Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010The Bunny in the Moon Jonathan LeVine Gallery New York, NYSolo
2010Never Judge…? A Group Exhibition in Association with Penguin Books Stolen Space Gallery London, UKGroup
2010Rockers Original Feinkunst Kruger Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2010Lead Poisoning Last Rites Gallery New York, NYGroup
2010Alternative Press – 25 Years Merry Karnowsky Gallery Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Pop Surrealism Carandente Museum Spoleto, ItalyGroup
2010DRAW: MEXICO CITY Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico Mexico City, Mexico529 West 20th Street, 9E, New York, NY Group
2010Bunny Redux: Contemporary Artists Rethink the Iconic Playboy Bunny The Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, PAGroup
2010Five Year Anniversary Exhibition Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2009We Will Rock You Choque Cultural Gallery São Paulo, BrazilSolo
2009Silent Heroes Iguapop Gallery Barcelona, SpainSolo
2009Apocalypse Wow! Museo D’Arte Contemporanea Roma Rome, ItalyGroup
2009Three Apples—Hello Kitty 35th Anniversary Royal/T Café/Shop/Art Space Culver City, CAGroup
2009Harley Davidson Presents: The Art of Rebellion La Venue New York, NYGroup
2009American Artifact Rock Poster Art Show The Showroom New York, NYGroup
2009Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy Japanese American National Museum Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009Harley Davidson Presents: The Art of Rebellion Robert Berman Gallery Santa Monica, CAGroup
2009Made In America Choque Cultural Gallery São Paulo, BrazilGroup
2008Lost Constellations Jonathan LeVine Gallery New York, NYSolo
2008Inside Nostalgia Dorothy Circus Gallery Rome, ItalyGroup
2008Beyond Baby Tattooville Riverside Art Museum Riverside, CAGroup
200810 Year Anniversary Exhibition Feinkunst-Krueger Gallery Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2008Das Leben Ist Kein Ponyhof (Life Ain't No Ponyfarm) Galerie Slowboy, Dusseldorf, GermanyGroup
2007The 16th Annual Swap Meet Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2007Children of the Revolution Audio Cinema Portland, ORGroup
2006Feinkunst-Krueger Gallery Hamburg, Germany/SoloGroup
2006 KidRobot New York, NY/SoloGroup
2006Tara McPherson Rocks—A Poster Retrospective BLK/MRKT Gallery Culver City, CASolo
2006Draw Curated by Eric Foss and Curse Mackey Fuse Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2006Front Room Gallery Curated by Jordan Isip and Roger Stevens New York, NYGroup
2006Girls! Girls! Girls! MF Gallery Culver City, CAGroup
2006Juxtapoz Group Show OX-OP Gallery Minneapolis, MNGroup
2006Swear Bear Show CBGB Gallery New York, NYGroup
2005Live Girls! Theatre Seattle, WA/SoloGroup
2005540 Club San Francisco, CA/SoloGroup
2005The Fine Print DVA Gallery Chicago, ILGroup
2005Sometimes I Just Want a Hug Jonathan LeVine Gallery New York, NYGroup
2005Super 7 Poster Show Super 7 Store San Francisco, CAGroup
2005Benefit to Support Children Affected by Hurricane Katrina Drive in Studios NY, SF, LAGroup
2005Mystery Meat curated by Jordin Isip Future Prospects GalleryGroup
2005100 (Circus) Punks Rule NYC Toy Tokyo New York, NYGroup
200510-4 Good Buddy Collective Group Show 13 Wheeler Los Angeles, CAGroup
2005Graphic Noise Museum of Design Atlanta, GAGroup
2005Paper Dolls Women’s Art Center Salt Lake City, UTGroup
2005I AM 8-BIT Gallery 1988 Los Angeles, CAGroup
2005Everything But the Kitchen Sync Show La Luz De Jesus Gallery Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004Mono Glasgow, Scotland/SoloGroup
2004The Green Bean Gallery Greensboro, NC/SoloGroup
2004Slabtown Portland, OR/SoloGroup
2004Sabala’s at the Mr Tabor Theatre Portland, ORSolo
2004HIgh Octane Compound Gallery, Portland, ORGroup
2004Ghost Town Tin Man Alley Gallery, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2004Graphic Content- The Art of the New Music Poster Landmark Gallery, Lubbock, TXGroup
2004The Art of Musical Maintenance Goodfoot Gallery, Portland, ORGroup
2004Inbred Silkscreen Show Junc Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004Girly Show Toyroom Gallery, Sacramento, CAGroup
2004999 M Modern Gallery, Palm Springs, CAGroup
2004A Day On the Lawn Froden Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004POP, Touring Rock&Roll poster art exhibition: St Bridges Design Gallery, London, UKGroup
2004XX Rated: The Double X Chromosome Group Show OX-OP Gallery, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2004Everything But the Kitchen Sink ShowLa Luz De Jesus Gallery Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004Modern Love M Modern Gallery, Palm Springs, CAGroup
2004Wonder Years Lost Blah Blah Gallery Featured Artist, FebruaryGroup
2004Big Men In Little Cars Tin Man Alley Gallery, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2003Lonely Hearts Gang Zone 9 Flatfile Gallery Los Angeles, CASolo
2003What's Your 20? San Diego, CAGroup
2003UntitledStar Shoes, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2003After School Special Culture Cache, San Francisco, CAGroup
2003Little Nightmares Gods and Monsters, Columbus, OHGroup
2003UntitledThe Muse Gallery, San Diego, CAGroup
2003Fame/ Infamy Art Coalition, North Hollywood, CAGroup
2003Robots Have Feelings Too Curated by Jeff Soto Culture Cache, San Francisco, CAGroup
2003UntitledRoq La Rue Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2003Uncommercial Art By Commercial Artists La Luz De Jesus Gallery Los Angeles, CA 529 West 20th Street, 9E, New York, NY Group
2003Sci- Fi Western Exhibit Curated by Sunny Buick 111 Minna GalleryGroup
2002Cannibal Flower Los Angeles, CAGroup
2002Ladyfest Los Angeles Los Angeles, CAGroup
2002Release exhibit for Gristle #4 Art Magazine Vice Los Angeles, CAGroup
2002Zone 9 Flatfile Gallery Los Angeles, CAGroup
2002For Your Eyes Only La Luz De Jesus Gallery Los Angeles, CAGroup
2002Playing With Fire-Memories of Childhood Burning Brush Art Auction Los Angeles, CAGroup
2002Uncommercial Art by Commercial Artists La Luz De Jesus Gallery Los Angeles, CAGroup
2001Cannibal Flower The Lab Los Angeles, CAGroup
2001Uncommercial Art by Commercial Artists La Luz De Jesus Gallery Los Angeles, CAGroup
2001Blood Moon Los Angeles, CAGroup
2001Burning Brush Art Auction Bigfoot Lodge Los Angeles, CAGroup
2001Cannibal Flower The Lab Los Angeles, CAGroup
2001UntitledSpiral Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2001UntitledSeeing Red Studio, Los Angeles, CAGroup
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