Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Mary Iverson (Seattle) is a painter and public artist. Her work portrays the clash between globalization and the environment, offering visions of container ships as they collide with national parks in surreal, post apocalyptic scenarios. In 2011, her work was profiled in Juxtapoz Magazine and Hi Fructose Magazine. She is represented by Davidson Galleries in Seattle, Thinkspace in Los Angeles, Shooting Gallery in San Francisco, Gallery B15 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Gallery FB69 in Munster, Germany. She teaches painting and drawing at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, WA, where she is a tenured faculty member. She earned an MFA in painting from the University of Washington and a BFA in Illustration from Cornish College of the Arts.

Mary received a 2012 GAP purchase a new camera and defray costs of trip to Yosemite National Park. Mary’s works inspire an environmental dialogue through superimposing stacks of shipping containers onto images of pristine landscapes serving up a post-apocalyptic vision of the potential outcome of our global economy. Every summer, Mary travels to several parks, camping and experiencing the location while she takes photographs and gathers sketches for new paintings.

Mary received a 2006 GAP to defray the cost of materials for a solo show of sixteen new paintings at Davidson Contemporary, Seattle, that showed in June 2006. The artist says of her work: “My paintings are colorful abstractions that spring from the theme of the industrial shipping terminal. The canvases feature mass accumulations of shipping containers and container cranes in various perspectives. My work employs a network of searching perspective lines and layers of interlocking, colorful planes and rectangles that suggest both deep space and flat surface.”

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.