Biography

“As of late, I make work that has some semblance to my life, memory, or visual experiences I’ve had in the world. Many times the events or scenarios are imagined, but they usually are triggered from something in reality. The moments in my paintings that relate to gender or identity politics are products of who I am and how I live my life.”  – Rebecca Ness, ArtMaze Magazine, 2019

Rebecca Ness (b. 1992, Massachusetts, USA) captures casual glimpses of everyday life with a familiar and inquisitive eye. Clothing, patterns, unusual perspectives, fragmented bodies and non-verbal communication become fodder to narrate contemporary existence in a colourful and richly textured palette. Inspired by painters Norman Rockwell and Kerry James Marshall, cartoonist Alison Bechdel and fellow female figurative artists such as Nicole Eisenman, Dana Schutz, Alice Neel, and Honoré Sharrer, Ness responds to her own world by painting moments that would otherwise remain unseen.

“In a panoply of patterns, textures, brushstrokes and marks made with an array of tools, Rebecca Ness renders the hyper vibrant world before her. Framed exactly the way she perceives them, seemingly unimportant moments in her daily commute and casual snapshots from everyday life are encapsulated in color. With a focus on non-verbal engagement, especially through clothing and attire as a source of communication, she comfortably explores the possibilities of painting while dipping into unconventional technique and concept.” – Sasha Bogojev, Juxtapoz, 2019

Ness lives and works in New Haven, CT. She holds an MFA from Yale School of Art and a BFA from Boston University. She has had solo exhibitions at Carl Kostyál, London; Nino Mier, Los Angeles; and 1969 Gallery, New York and has been included in group shows at Harper’s Books, East Hampton, NY; Carl Kostyál Hospitalet, Stockholm; Anton Kern, New York; Monya Rowe, New York; Alexander Berggruen, New York; Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles; 1969 Gallery, New York; and Gildar Gallery, Denver, CO among others. Ness has completed residencies at The Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY and the Venice Studio Arts Program.

Public collections include The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Kistefos Museum, Jevnaker, Norway.

Portrait © Sasha Bogojev, Juxtapoz

Selected Works