Grace Weaver

In her recent paintings, Grace Weaver continues her distinctive imagery of emblematic figures, portraiture and urban scenes and scenarios. Expanding her vocabulary, the new works are painted up close, direct and present. In a similar manner to how she draws with charcoal—marking, rubbing out, and layering to create new arrangements—Weaver exposes previously buried brushstrokes and compositions.

Pursuing broad gestures and an open handling of paint, Weaver turns to masonry brushes. Without her previously bright palette, the emphasis shifts to shape. Thereby, the whole painterly expression becomes as delicate as it is clunky and rises to monumental proportions. Even though her gestural brushstrokes appear to be in a state of persistent movement, the paintings themselves are actually balanced, thoroughly composed and solid. On the same plane and in the same materiality, forms, things and figures come to the fore.

Grace Weaver graduated with an MFA from the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond in 2015. She has been awarded with grants and residencies including a VCUARTS Dean’s Graduate Research Grant (2014), Artist-in-Residence at DakshinaChitra, (Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 2012) and the Burlington City Arts’ ArtLab residency (Burlington, VT, 2012). Weaver’s work has been the subject to solo shows such as DROOP at Soy Capitán, Berlin (2021), STEPS, James Cohan Gallery, New York (2020), O.K., Kunstpalais Erlangen (2019), Little Sister, Oldenburger Kunstverein (2019), BEST LIFE, Super Busy, Soy Capitán, Berlin (2017); Pedestrian, Kunstverein Reutlingen, Reutlingen (2017); No hard feelings, Koppe Astner, Glasgow (2017) Skinny Latte, Soy Capitán, Berlin (2015). Her work is featured in the collections of FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France, ARoS Museum, Aarhus, Denmark and the Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, USA.

Grace Weaver born 1989 in Vermont, lives and works in New York.




Grace Weaver • Kunstpalais Erlangen • Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld 2020

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