Whitney Bedford

United States 1976


Whitney Bedford
Whitney Bedford
United States
February 2, 2015
Music, Gestalt, .

Whitney Bedford is an American contemporary painter. Bedford uses her own mark making to bring the original source material of her paintings into the realm of the imaginary. Layered with both ink and oil paint, romantic scenes of destruction, calm at sea, and migrating birds are manipulated to the point of abstraction, showing only vestiges of her starting point.

Bedford received her MFA at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2003. She was the winner of the 2001 UCLA Hammer Museum Drawing Biennale and received a Fulbright Graduate Fellowship from Hoschule der Kuenste, Berlin.

Bedford aligns herself with the historical school of naval painting, “trying to update it, or even capsize it, in a way that only a hybrid of educations and living on the edge of the California coast can do.” For Bedford this is a way of claiming rigid, academic imagery and making it her own. She states: “Sometimes it is the paint itself that sinks the images. Other times, I push the paintings to reduce their images to abstract forms or landscapes that connote a different space, one aged by time and impossible to revisit.”

There is a mercurial quality to Whitney Bedford’s work. Her paintings have a compositional turbulence and a distinctly ominous air – their listing ships, heavy seas, detached icebergs, temperamental landscapes and low horizons stirring up notions of the sublime – yet on closer look another language begins to emerge, one altogether more eloquent. Drawing on Bedford’s architectural training, the works are first drafted in fluid, angular marks made with ink often lost in overpainting. Swiftly overlayed with an application of paint that is both beautiful and cruel as it actively creates and destroys, the gestural brushwork and dark ink offer crisp linearity with a capricious, smudgy chaser.

She has had solo exhibitions at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles; Cherrydelosreyes Gallery, Los Angeles; D’Amelio Terras Gallery, New York; Art Concept, Paris and at Starkwhite, Auckland.

Bedford currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Year Exhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Love Letters Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA Solo
2014Lovers Starkwhite, Auckland, New Zealand Group
2013This for That Starkwhite, Auckland, New Zealand Solo
2011Whitney Bedford Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CASolo
2011Everything Must GoCermaica Suro Guadalajara, Mexico Group
2011UntitledCasey Kaplan Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Jose Noe Suro and Eduardo Sarabia Group
2010Whitney Bedford (here and there) Starkwhite, Auckland, New Zealand Solo
2010The Gleaners:Works from the Sarash and Jim Taylor Collection Myhren Gallery, University of Demver, Denver, CO Group
2010Five from LA, Galerie LeLong, New York, NY Group
2010Houdini: Art and Magic, 1919-1949 The Jewish Museum, New York, NY, travelling to; Group
2010UntitledSkirball Cultural Centre, Los Angeles, CA Group
2010UntitledContemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA Group
2010UntitledMadison Museum Of Contemporary Art, Madison WI Group
2010Bagna Cauda Art: Concept, Paris, France Group
2009Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA Solo
2009This is Killing me MASS MOCA, North Adams, MA, curated by Diana Nawi Group
2008Whitney Bedford Art: Concept, Paris, France Solo
2008UntitledCarlier Gebauer, Berlin, Germany Group
2007Whitney Bedford: The Escape Artist Series Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA Solo
2007X-Snow Falls In The Mountain St Pauls St Gallery, University of Auckland, Auckland New Zealand Group
2007Poker Galleria Monica de Cardenas, Milan, Italy Group
2006UntitledArt: Concept, Paris, France Solo
2006Melancholy in Contemporary Art Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel Group
2006Step Into Liquid Museum Of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO Group
2005UntitledD’Amelio Terras, New York, NY Solo
2005UntitledCherry Del Reyles, Los Angeles, CA Solo
2005CUT Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA Group
2005Evidence Inman Gallery, Houston, TX Group
2005The Third Peak Art: Concept, Paris, France Group
2005Rogue Wave, LA, Louver, Venice, CA Group
2005Wunderkammer 2 Nina Menocal, Mexico D.F, Mexico Group
2005Project Room: A Show Without Works Spazio Lima, Milan, Italy, curated by Daniele Perra Group
2004UntitledArt :Concept, Paris, France Solo
2004Summer Group Show Cherry Del Reyles, Los Angeles, CA Group
2004Carpet Bag and Cozyspace Healing Arts Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Group
2004Rimbaud Palais des Beaux Art, Brussels, Belgium Group
2003UntitledBlack Dragon SocietyGroup
2003UntitledTrack 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA Group
2003MFA Exhibition Show 1 New Wright Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA Group
2000Whitney Bedford Hotel de Ville, Biot, France Solo
1999Whitney Bedford Fulbright-Kommission, Berlin, Germany Solo
1998Whitney Bedford BEB gallery, Providence, RI Solo
1998New England Connection Lanning Gallery, Columbus, OH Group
1997Whitney Bedford Sokolofska 124 Space, Prague, Czech Republic Solo
1997Inaugural Show Space 1026 Space, Philadelphia, PA Group
1996L’Ecole Nouveau de Pont –Aven Hotel de Ville, Pont-Aven, France Group
1996Salon de Refuses Gallerie M, Pont -Aven, France Group
1996Salon de Refuses Gallerie M, Pont-Aven, France Group
1995Common Threads Rites and Reasons Gallery, Providence, RI Group