contemporary art

Tracy Piper

United States 1987

Painting, Figurative Art

Tracy Piper
Tracy Piper
United States
May 21, 2015

Tracy Piper is an American artist, based in San Francisco. Her work is primary influenced by the city she lives in, as well as her experiences as a former circus performer.

best figurative art, San Francisco, Tracy Piper 2015
Tracy Piper – You are Loved – The Sex series – 2012

Life is a Circus

Born and raised in San Francisco, Tracy Piper’ art is strongly influenced by the environment she lives in. She received her training at California College of the Arts, graduating from the Illustration program with distinction in 2012. As a true West Coast artist, and besides as an ex-circus performer turned figurative painter, Piper is interested with the glamorous and dysfunctional, sexuality and personalities. Besides painting, she makes clothing and electronics, teaches, and runs her own web design and development company Protoscape.

Tracy Piper’s paintings display a range of characters, from local circus performers to famous drag queens. Her unique perspective enables her to capture the spirit of San Francisco through capturing the personalities of San Francisco, and in that way shining a spotlight on the underground, unashamed subjects. By putting sexuality at the forefront of her art, she casts aside the notions of conventional beauty with that same tough passion that brought her into the alternative and underground circus scene. In quest of the beauty of the human condition, her narrative paintings are characterized by vibrant colors, powerful and dynamic brushstrokes, and strong movement. As a result, Piper’s playful style is a reminiscent to the very performances she once participated in.

ArtNowNY new york, Tracy Piper best body 2015
Tracy Piper – Untitled (Floating Woman) – 2013

Art Basel and SCOPE Miami Participations

With her Your Love is Wild series of paintings, Tracy Piper was featured in both SCOPE Miami and Art Basel exhibitions. This series serves as a tribute to love in all its forms, the kind of love deemed dangerous by the status quo. Created with an idea to discover sexuality, paintings that compose Your Love is Wild series are born from informational interviews conducted by the artist with the portrayed subjects. Models were asked to strip their ideas of shame and let go, to show their inner wild sides. As a consequence, some of them shed their skin and became creatures of their choosing and imagination, while others allowed the animal that is the sensitive human being come to the foreground.

Piper’s work has also been featured at several exhibitions at the ArtNowNY Gallery in New York, like Push It group show in 2014, and Forever Young solo exhibition held in 2015. Her works were displayed amongst other contemporary female artists, such as Amanda Reily, GILF, INDIE 184, Maya Hayuk, Mia Tyler, SWOON and many others.

Tracy Piper lives and creates in San Francisco, California.

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2018Art San Diego [SOLO] ProjectDel Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego, CASolo
2018Mi LuchaWonderland SF, San Francisco, CAGroup
2018Anniversary Exhibit212 Arts, New York, NYGroup
2018Anti-Trump Art ShowCreative Debuts, London, EnglandGroup
201810 Days in Wonderland…111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2018stARTup Art FairHotel Del Sol, San Francisco, CASolo
2018Illustrating ResistanceBiennial CCA Alumni/Faculty Exhibiton, San Francisco, CAGroup
2017DiscolandiaWonderland SF, San Francisco, CAGroup
2017Simply Frida IIWonderland SF, San Francisco, CAGroup
2017Wearable Art GalaCalifornia African American Museum, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2017Nasty WomenOmni Gallery, Oakland, CAGroup
2016100.100.100Sketchpad Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2016Fundraiser for Ghost ShipWonderland SF, San Francisco, CAGroup
2016Dia De Los MuertosWonderland SF, San Francisco, CAGroup
2016Bill Murray AffairPublic Works SF, San Francisco, CAGroup
2016Directors Choice19 Karen Gallery, Gold Coast, AustraliaGroup
2016Happy19 Karen Gallery at Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach, Gold Coast, AustraliaGroup
20164th Annual 12 x 12Gauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2015Hidden in Plain SightIncline Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2015Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Semi FinalistsShooting Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2015Summertime Series19 Karen Gallery, Gold Coast, AustraliaGroup
2015Your Love is WildThe York, Los Angeles, LASolo
201512 x 12Woot Bear Belly, San Francisco, CAGroup
2015Forever YoungArtNowNY, New York, NYSolo
2015Buzz Art AuctionBuzz Art Auction, Miami, FLGroup
2015VinylWonderland SF, San Francisco, CAGroup
20153rd Annual 12 x 12Gauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2015Your Love is WildConverge Gallery, Williamsport, PASolo
2014GG 2 Year AnniversaryGauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2014Select Art FairMiami Beach, FLDuo
20142 Blocks of ArtMonarch, San Francisco, CASolo
2014Push ItArtNowNY, New York, NYGroup
2014CA 12 X 12Gauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2014SCOPE NEW YORKArtNowNY, New York, NYArt Fair
2013SCOPE MIAMIArtNowNY, Miami Beach, FLArt Fair
2013Gauntlet Canvas CollectionGauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2013Music Sounds Better With YouGauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2013I Love New DorkBunny Cutlet, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2013Visions and ReflectionsGauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2013Boss BattleGauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2012Tracy PiperMonarch, San Francisco, CASolo
2012Let there be RockSupperClub SF, San Francisco, CASolo
2012Intrinsic ExuberanceNieto Fine Art, San Francisco, CADuo