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Heather Day Winter Fruit, 2024

Heather Day
Winter Fruit, 2024
Mixed media on canvas
38 x 32 inches


Heather Day (b. 1989, Honolulu, HI) is an artist based in the Mojave Desert of California. Rooted in the traditions of abstract expressionism, her paintings explore overlapping themes of sensory perception, memory, and elements of the natural world.

Day builds vast inventories of painted forms that are taken apart, rearranged, and sewn back together in a concert of opposing forces and color fields. This counter-productive process embraces our limited control over chaos, and draws the viewer in through rhyming lyrical gestures and harmonizing fields of pigment.

Her paintings, both in form and in color, are meant to challenge our expectations of the everyday experience and encourage the viewer to meditate on their own personal histories. How does the sound of a grating branch in the wind translate to an errant mark? How does a vibrating, painted wash capture raking light in the moments before sunset? This exploration seeks to push boundaries, evoking contemplation on the dynamic relationship between the tangible and the abstract.

Heather Day received her Bachelor of Fine Art in 2012 from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland where she studied painting and art history. Select solo and group presentations include König Galerie, Berlin, Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, Art Basel, Miami, The Armory Show, New York, Marfa Invitational, The Pit, Los Angeles, Anna Zorina Gallery, New York, among others. Day’s work has been featured in Art Forum’s must see (2020) and Galerie Magazine’s “Next Big Thing” (2022). Her paintings can be found in collections such as Fort Wayne Museum of Art and The Macedonia Institute.