Heather Day

Heather Day is an artist living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Day grew up in Hawaii and along the east coast of the United States, finally moving to San Francisco after graduating from Maryland Institute College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and art history. Her background in travel and culture encouraged her to see more of the world, where she discovered a connection to nature—her main source of inspiration. Day’s art is a form of visual storytelling interested in conveying moments of interactions. She works primarily with paint and non-traditional materials, and is known for her murals. The philosophy that everything is a product of an experience frames each work, conveying stories of movement and ideas of color through seams, lines, and layers.

Day recently completed the 5th solo exhibition of her career at The Wall Gallery in Oakland this past November. Recent group exhibitions include The Affordable Art Fair in New York City, Soho Art House in Los Angeles, and Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento. She is currently working on murals around the bay area and planning for a group show at Athen B. Gallery in Oakland, as well as a solo show at Gensler Architects in San Francisco this coming May.  

Aside from attending shows, you can also follow her process on Instagram.   

 

ABOUT THE WORK

I travel seeking stories of all kinds—stories behind people, places, sound, and nature—and bring them home to my Oakland studio to create an interpretation. Each of us sees the world differently through a screen of personal experiences. I choose to communicate my interpretations through layers of overlapping paintexpressing moments at every seam, edge, and line. Each mark represents my language of dynamic motion, allowing compositions to read like handwriting—from one side to another. 

Working primarily with paint and non-traditional materials, my recent work is a reflection of travels in nature. I spend time collecting moments from wooded areas, agitated rivers, and panoramic views of the ocean and convey them through medium washes and emphatic marks. Color is used like punctuation—as a means to control the energy and direct the eye. My process demands motion, requiring the entire body, not just the hand. I’m pouring and manipulating paint into its own current, using a range of motions. Each painting ultimately seeks to balance the progression of growth and upkeep found in both nature and the act of painting.

CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION 

2012

BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Painting Major
Art History Minor & Curatorial Studies Concentration 

2008

The Chicago Academy For the Arts 

2007

Maryland Institute College of Art:
Pre-College Course 

2006

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD):
Pre-College Course


SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2015 

Feels Like Home : The Sub Gallery, San Francisco CA

2014 

Things We Hold, 2 Blocks of Art
San Francisco, CA 

2013 

Pages, Wall Gallery
Oakland, CA 

2013 

Sideways, Hillyer Art Space
Washington, DC


COLLABORATIONS 

2015

Well Traveled : Heather will document her trip from Rome to Paris in March 2015 in partnership with Herschel Supply Co. 

2014 

Apt CB2 with CB2 and Pinterest 

Tappan Collective : Limited Edition Prints 

Intermix: Limited Edition Tote Bags  

West Elm: Experimental Painting Workshop

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 

2015

The Affordable Art Fair, UpRise Art, New York, NY

Soho Art House x Tappan Collective,Soho Art House, West Hollywood, CA

2014 

Aesthetic Dialogue, Gallery M
Ontario, Canada 

2013 

Intermix, Daily Candy, The Tappan Collective
New York, NY 

Pages / Wall Gallery
Oakland, CA 

Paintings by Heather Day, West Elm
Emeryville, CA 

10 x 10, Norton Factory Studios
Oakland, CA 

Paintings by Heather Day, Google Campus
Mountain View, CA 

2012

Out of Order, Maryland Art Place
Baltimore MD 

Lotta Art, School 33
Baltimore MD 

Plan Bmore, Nomad Gallery
Baltimore, MD 

One Inspired Evening
Chicago Journeymen

Plumbers Union Hall
Chicago, IL 

Xoxo, Spray Booth Gallery
Kansas City, MO 

Sketchbooks, Decker Library Gallery
Baltimore, MD 

2011

Monster Drawing, Contemporary Museum
Baltimore, MD 

Baltimore: Open City, North Ave Market Gallery
Baltimore MD 

Skin, Load of Fun Gallery
Baltimore MD 

2010

Drawing & Painting Exhibition; Fox Gallery MICA
Baltimore, MD 

Second Nature; Caribou Screen Printing Show
Baltimore MD 

2009

Foundation show, Decker Gallery, MICA
Baltimore MD

ARTIST RESIDENCY 

2014 

Norton Factory Studios
(present) 

2012 

Works in Progress (WIP) 
Gallery Residency at Artisphere
Arlington, VA (August)

HONORS AND AWARDS 

2013 

Architects Choice, Washington Project for the Arts, 
Washington, DC 

2012 

Painting Major Cum Laude, MICA
Baltimore, MD 

2011 

Juried Solo Exhibition Award, Hillyer Art Space
Washington, DC 

2010 

Academic Achievement Scholarship, MICA
Baltimore, MD 

2008 

Presidential Merit Scholarship, MICA
Baltimore, MD

2008

Visual Arts Leadership Award, 
The Chicago Academy For the Arts
Chicago, IL 


KNOWN COLLECTIONS 

Adah Rose Gallery
Kensington MD 

Caitlin Flemming Design
San Francisco, CA

CB2/Crate & Barrel
New York, New York

Chicago Resurrection Hospital
Chicago, IL 

Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra private collection
Chicago, IL 

Francine Turk
Chicago, IL 

J.Crew, J.Crew Headquarters
New York, NY 

Jessica Williams Design, private collection
New York, NY

The Ritz-Carlton, Washington DC

Seoul Hospital
Seoul, Korea 

Steven Walton private Collection
Madrid, Spain 

The Tappan Collective
Los Angeles, CA 

Warner Brothers Inc
Los Angeles, CA