Whitney Bedford is an artist who was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, but has lived in Los Angeles, by the beach, most of her life. She feels that a constant sense of travel, a love of art history, and a new rooted amazement at flora and fauna have most directed her work. Bedford’s early paintings consisted of shipwrecks, icebergs, rainforests, lightning strikes, and fireworks in works that represented the natural world. Appropriation of works by artists such as John Constable, Theodore Gericault, Pierre Bonnard, Paul Gauguin, Milton Avery, and Charles Burchfield are the foundations of the paintings she makes, which portray the deteriorating natural world in which we live. For her exhibition at SLOMA, she will debut a brand new large-scale painting, which will be in conversation with paintings loaned from her California-based collectors and works on paper.
She is represented by Vielmetter Los Angeles, Carrie Secrist Gallery (Chicago), Miles McEnery (NYC), Art Concept (Paris), and Starkwhite (Auckland/ Queenstown/Melbourne).