Selected Press

Boutique Homes, Pandemic Paintings by Esther Pearl Watson, Roshan McArthur, 22 January 2021
Hyperallergic
, Esther Pearl Watson Channels Strange Pandemic Life in 100 Paintings, Eva Recinos, 12 January 2021
LA Weekly, Esther Pearl Watson Paints the Pandemic's Daily Strangeness, Shana Nys Dambrot, 10 December 2020
Studio International, Esther Pearl Watson – interview: ‘I really search out moments of awkward humour’, Allie Biswas, Esther Pearl Watson, 16 September 2019
The Art Newspaper
, Private View: must-see gallery shows
opening in September,
Anna Brady, Margaret Carrigan, 4 September 2019
The Paris Review
, Dear Diary: An Interview with Esther Pearl Watson, Meg Lemke, 20 June 2014

Born 1973, Frankfurt, Germany
Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA

Education

2012

MFA, California Institute of the Arts, USA

1995

BFA, Art Center College of Design, USA

Awards

2022

Sappi North America Award 2022

2018

New American Paintings, Pacific Coast #139

2015

Best American Comics, editors Jonathan Lethem and Bill Kartalopoulos
Amon Carter Circle Dinner, Featured Artist, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Dallas, Texas, USA
Columbia College, faculty, The Lexicon of Sexicana, Chicago, USA
New American Paintings, Pacific Coast Issue #97

2010

Society of Illustrators, Silver Metal Sequential (for Unlovable, 2010)
Communication Arts, Design award (for ABC of What Art Can Be, 2010)

2006

Best American Comics, editors Harvey Pekar and Anne Elizabeth Moore

Solo Exhibitions

2022

An Apparent Brightness, Morena di Luna, Hove, UK
The Magical Mystery Tour Returns, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

2021

Safer at Home: Pandemic Paintings, The Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Dust it Off, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, Texas, USA
Esther Pearl Watson, Vielmetter, Los Angeles, California, USA

2020

Safer at Home: Pandemic Paintings, Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles, California, USA
Words of encouragement, Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles, California, USA (online exhibition)

2019

Dream Believer, University of Wisconsin – Parkside, Wisconsin, USA, touring: South Texas College, Texas, USA
MOTHERSHIP, Maureen Paley, London

2018

Tire Universe, Suzanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, Los Angeles, USA

2017

Blackhole Blowout, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, Texas, USA

2016

Galactic Plains, Gregorio Escalante Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2015

New Works, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, Texas, USA
The Future Arrives, Galleri Galleberg, Norway

2014

It’s Not a Circus Without a Big Top, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, Texas, USA

2012

Hidden Behind the Stars, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, Texas, USA
Fort Beavatron, CalArts Mint Gallery, Valencia, Los Angeles, USA

2011

CalArts Main Gallery, Valencia, California, USA

2010

New Works, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, Texas, USA

2009

Visions of the Future, Billy Shire Fine Art, Culver City, USA
Texas Instruments, Domy, Austin, Texas, USA

2007

The Weirding Field, La Luz De Jesus, Los Angeles, California, USA

2006

What I Remember, Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery, Pasadena, California, USA

2005

Keep on Laughing, Katherine Mulherin Contemporary art Projects, Toronto, Canada

Two Person Exhibitions

2015

Family Lexicon, Esther Pearl Watson and Fred Stonehouse, Antonio Colombo Gallery, Milan, Italy (c)

2014

With Open Eyes, Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd, Grafikens Hus, Mariefried, Sweden

Group Exhibitions

2020

20 Years, Vielmetter Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA

2019

Post-It-Show, Giant Robot/GR2, Los Angeles, USA

2018

April 14, 1561, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, USA
Pop-Up Shop, GURU GALERIA, Mexico City
Good Job Dream Achiever, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, Texas, USA

2017

Starship Pegasus, Antonio Columbo Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
Now More Than Ever, LACE Benefit Art Auction, Los Angeles, USA
For the Good Times, Sp(a)ce, Pasadena, USA

2016

Hearsay, Artists Reveal Urban Legends, Los Jo Cos Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2015

Atrium, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, USA

2014

Sky, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, USA

2013

Summer Viewing Rooms, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, USA

2012

Permanent Collection, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, USA

Cal/Arts MFA Graduate Exhibition, LA Mart, Los Angeles, USA

2011

Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, USA   
Land Of Magic, Lesher Center for the Arts, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, USA

2009

When in Texas act like a Texan, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, Texas, USA

2008

3rd Annual LA Weekly Biennial, Track 16, Los Angeles, USA
Failure, The Lab at Belmar, Lakewood, Colorado, USA
Blab Show!, Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
LA Paint, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California, USA

2005

Keep on Laughing, Katherine Mulherin Contemporary art Prokects, Toronto, Canada

Curated Exhibitions

2019

Post-It Show, Giant Robot/GR2 Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2011

Lady Comix Art, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, Texas, USA

Special Projects

2020

‘Pop Up Magazine: Winter 2020 Issue’, a touring ‘live magazine’ featuring Esther Pearl Watson with performances at Paramount Theatre, Oakland, California, USA; The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA; Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC, USA; BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn, New York, USA; Ogden Theatre, Denver, Colorado, USA; Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and Hogg Auditorium, Austin, Texas, USA

Residencies

2019

100W Corsicana, Graphic Novel Residency, Coriscana, Texas, USA

2013

Grafikens Hus, Artist in Residence, Gripsholms Castel; Mariefred, Sweden

Teaching

2015

Art Center College of Design, Designmatters Illustration Track Leader, Pasadena, USA

2003

Art Center College of Design, Associate Professor, Pasadena, USA

2014

ICON9, The Illustration Conference, President, Kansas City, USA

2012

Oxbow Artist Residency, Book Arts: Gender and Comics, Esther Pearl Watson and Anne Elizabeth Moore, Saugatuck, Michigan, USA

Solo Publications

2020

Safer at Home: Pandemic Paintings 2020, Texas, USA
Galactic Halo, Texas, USA

2018

Unlovable, MISMA, France

2014

Unlovable Volume 3, Fantagraphics Books, Seattle, Washington, USA

2013

DoppoTuttoMax Volume 3, Mimsa, France

2010

Unlovable Volume 2, Fantagraphics Books, Seattle, Washington, USA

2009

Unlovable, Volume 1, Fantagraphics Books, Seattle, Washington, USA

2008

Romeo & Juliet, Blue Q Books, USA

Podcasts

2019

Art for Your Ear, Storytime with Esther Pearl Watson, The Jealous Curator, Episode No. 160, 12 June 2019

Press

2022

–––, The Arts: UFOs and the Art Festival, crostimbersgazette.com, 30 April 2022

2021

–––, New York Frieze Viewing Room hangs works by Iranian artists, tehrantimes.com, 8 May 2021
McArthur, Roshan, Pandemic Paintings by Esther Pearl Watson, boutique-homes.com, 22 January 2021
Recinos, Eva, Esther Pearl Watson Channels Strange Pandemic Life in 100 Paintings, hyperallergic.com, 12 January 2021

2020

Nys Dambrot, Shana, Protest, Politics, and Pandemic: L.A. Weekly Arts Year in Review, laweekly.com, 29 December 2020
Zellen, Jody, Esther Pearl Watson: ‘Safer at Home: Pandemic Paintings’, artnowla.com, 24 December 2020
Cheh, Carol, ‘Hindsight Is 2020’ Offers Visceral (Not Virtual) Art Experiences in a Box, kcet.org, 16 December 2020
Nys Dambrot, Shana, Esther Pearl Watson Paints the Pandemic’s Daily Strangeness, laweekly.com, 10 December 2020
Watson, Esther Pearl, An Artist Captures 4 Months of Sidewalk Chalk Drawings, nytimes.com, 18 July 2020
Kleon, Austin, Drawings from Pop-Up Magazine, austinkleon.com, 25 February 2020
––––, Goodnight, Atlanta!, popupmagazine.com, 20 February 2020
Guo, Kitty, Creators share exclusive projects at live magazine show, dailytrojan.com, 10 February 2020
Leckert, Oriana, The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week, From A Vinegar Valentine’s Dinner To Sexy History, Gothamist.com, 10 February 2020
Kozma, Marissa, A Pop-Up Magazine Show Is Coming to Denver to Report the News Through Art, Music and Film, 303magazine.com, 31 January 2020
––––, Pop-Up Magazine’s Winter 2020 Issue, bam.org, January 2020

2019

Womack, Catherine, The assignment: Design a poster that dispels America's myths about immigrants, Los Angeles Times, latimes.com, 24 December 2019
–––, Pop-Up Magazine Winter 2020 Issue, sfchronicle.com, 10 December 2019
Nys Dambrot, Shana, Art Pick: The Post-It Show, laweekly.com, 6 December 2019
Biswas, Allie, Esther Pearl Watson – interview: ‘I really search out moments of awkward humour’, studiointernational.com, 16 September 2019
Brady, Anna, Carrigan, Margaret, Private view: must-see gallery shows opening in September, theartnewspaper.com, 4 September 2019
Remenchik, Jennifer. Placing Art in Hotel Rooms Can Yield Genuinely Surprising Results, hyperallergic.com, 16 February 2019
Smith, Roberta, What To See In NY Art Galleries This Week, nytimes.com, 8 January 2019

2018

–––, Top 5, April 14, 1561-Andrew Edlin Gallery, 15 December 2018
Remenchik, Jennifer, A Painter Illustrates the Charm and Tragedy of the American Dream, hyperallergic.com, 9 July 2018
Miranda, Carolina A, Datebook: Esther Pearl Watson, Tire Universe, at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, latimes.com, 21 June 2018

2017

Sims, Tricia, Esther Pearl Watson Has Few Family Photos, So She Paints Her Memories Instead, 25 October 2017

2016

Brettell, Rick, The Amon Carter amps up in 2015, The Dallas Morning News, 5 August 2016
Neuendorf, Henri, Inside Los Angeles’s Oddball Underground Art Scene, news.artnet.com, 7 July 2016
Wagley, Catherine, 5 Shows to See in L.A. This Week, LA Weekly, 22 June 2016

2015

Robinson, Gaile, Commentary: Texas artist Esther Pearl Watson Brings the Outsiders IN, star-telegram.com,
15 July 2015
Bothwell, Anne, Enjoying Awkward Moments with Esther Pearl Watson, artandseek.org, 26 May 2015
Simek, Peter, Outside Herself: How Esther Pearl Watson Brings Imagination to the Banal, dmagazine.com, 4 May 2015

2014

–––, Unlovable Vol.3, The Comics Journal, 11 August 2014          
Lemke, Meg, Dear Diary: An Interview with Esther Pearl Watson, theparisreview.org, 20 June 2014
Simek, Peter, This Week’s 5 Best Art Gallery Openings and Events, D Magazine, dmagazine.com, 28 May 2014

2012

Laughlin, Jamie, Puppets And Spaceships Invade Waxahachie, Dallas Observer, dallasobserver.com, November 15
Morgan, Kendall, Wacky and whimsical works from Miss Pussycat and Esther Pearl Watson invade Webb Gallery, Culture Map Dallas, dallas.culturemap.com, 16 November 2012
Farr, Kristin, Esther Pearl Watson, Juxtapoz, February 2012

2011

Hudgens, Christopher, Episode 323: Esther Pearl Watson, badatsports.com, 7 November 2011

2010

Farr, Kristin, Big Dreams: Esther Pearl Watson at Sandra Lee Gallery, KQED Arts, kqed.org, 11 June 2010
Enholm, Molly, Esther Pearl Watson, art ltd., 10 July 2010
O'Toole, Meighan, Esther Pearl Watson: Space is the Place, myloveforyou.typepad.com, 18 February 2010

2009

Weeks, Jerome, Flying Saucers, Teen Angst and Esther Pearl Watson, artandseek.org, 11 August 2009
Schroeder, Audra, Building Spaceships in the Yard, austinchronicle.com, 12 June 2009
Hamada, Jeff, Esther Pearl Watson, Booooooom.com, 27 February 2009

2007

Gray, Emma, L.A Confidential, artnet.com, January 2007