A member of San Francisco’s Mission School movement, Alicia McCarthy utilizes a punky aesthetic to create vibrant, gridded patterns on wood and other found objects. She employs unconventional media, such as spray paint, and mixes blocks of text into the bursts and weaves of color that make up many of her paintings. Deceptively simple, her work is playful, but also bears an acute fierceness and an acknowledgment of the artist’s emotional presence. Indeed, McCarthy’s pieces are frequently marked by her creative process, showing the ring of a coffee cup stain or the imprint of a boot.
McCarthy earned a BFA in 1994 from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA in 2007 from the University of California, Berkeley. She was the recipient of the 2013 San Francisco Artadia Award and has been a resident artist at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Madison, Maine. She is represented by the Jack Hanley Gallery in New York City.
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