Heather Guertin

Born 1981
Worcester, MA

Heather Guertin's artistic practice is grounded in observation, and the sensibility that a deeply imaginative expression lies latent within it.

Heather Guertin, Olympus, 2022, Oil on canvas, 48 x 40 in

Heather Guertin, Tessa, 2023, Oil on canvas, 66 x 54 in

Heather Guertin, Moon, Rise, River, 2022, Oil on canvas, 48 x 40 in

The genesis for Guertin’s newest body of oil paintings begins as a series of collages she creates from the pages of scientific journals, discarded books and magazines.

Heather Guertin
Shell Burst, 2021 (detail)
Oil on canvas
36 x 30 inches

Heather Guertin
Shell Burst, 2021
Oil on canvas
36 x 30 inches

Heather Guertin, Light Sleeper, 2023, Oil on canvas, 48 x 40 in

Guertin uses these collages as a guide, translating the colors, textures, and forms from these found images into a pictorial language that she combines to ecstatic and exuberant effect.

Heather Guertin, Installation view, JDJ, Garrison, NY, 2021

Heather Guertin, Installation view, JDJ Tribeca 2023

Her mark-making throughout the paintings, and sometimes within one painting itself, can take many forms:

a kind of textured pointillism, with dabs of paint physically protruding from the surface; broad-brushed continuous strokes of thickly applied, opaque oil paint that which create a sense of flatness; Squiggly zig-zags that feel almost like glitches on a digital screen.

Heather Guertin, Suspended in Sky, 2023, Oil on canvas, 66 x 54 in

Heather Guertin
Permanent Waves, 2023, Oil on canvas, 48 x 40 in

Her paintings are a riot of color, form and texture, and their compositions depict energetic shifts in tension, space, frequency and rhythm.

Heather Guertin, Seen and not seen, 2022, Oil on canvas, 48 x 40 in

Heather Guertin
Sonia, 2021
Oil on canvas
18 x 15in

Heather Guertin
Telescopes, 2022, Oil on canvas, 48 x 40 in

Although Guertin’s paintings are abstractions, her compositions often convey a sense of recognizability—though not necessarily to their source imagery.

Some compositions feel biomorphic, and others architectural. One may resemble the passing lights of cars on a freeway at dusk, and another looks like the marquee of an old theater aglow in lights. What we think we see within the paintings is a creation of our mind’s eye.

Heather Guertin
Breather, 2020
Oil on canvas
18 x 15 inches

Heather Guertin, Day Gazer, 2022, Oil on canvas, 48 x 40 in

Heather Guertin, Three Musicians, 2022, Oil on canvas, 48 x 40 in

Heather Guertin

Heather Guertin b. 1981, Worcester, Massachusetts, lives and works in upstate New York. She received her Master of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent exhibitions include a two person exhibition at Kurimanzutto, Mexico City and a solo exhibition at JDJ Ice House in Garrison, NY, Two Thousand Eighteen, Brennan & Griffin, NY, Aluminum Linoleum, Proyectos Monclova, MX and The Whole, Galería Agustina Ferreyra, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Group exhibitions include Grouper, Broadway, NY, How to Call the Spirits, Chapter, NY, East Side to the West Side, Flag Art Foundation, NY, and Addicted to Highs and Lows, Bortolami, NY. She has performed in locations such as White Columns in New York and in participation with the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2013, Guertin published a novella titled Model Turned Comedian with Social Malpractice and Publication Studio, which was acquired by the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp. In 2015 a monograph of her works was published by Hassla Books.
Heather Guertin CV



MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL


BFA, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA

Solo Exhibitions


The Changer and the Changed, JDJ Tribeca, New York, NY
New Stage for a City, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT


JDJ | The Ice House, Garrison, NY


Two Thousand Eighteen, Brennan & Griffin, New York, NY


Worm Turns Atmosphere, Brennan & Griffin, New York, NY


The Whole, Agustina Ferreyra, San Juan, PR


Aluminum Linoleum, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, MX

Development, Brennan & Griffin, New York, NY


Heand, Interstate, Brooklyn, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions


Family Business, JDJ | Tribeca, New York, NY

Heather Guertin & Leonel Salguero, Kurimanzutto, Mexico City, MX


Pictography, Sperone Westwater, New York
How to Call the Spirits, Galeria Agustina Ferreyra at Chapter NY, New York


Intimisms, James Cohan Gallery, New York
IMAGINE, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy


Group Exhibition: Guy Goodwin, Heather Guertin, Naotaka Hiro, Dave McDermott, Jason Meadows​, Brennan & Griffin, New York
Heather Guertin, Eberhard Havekost, Peter Mandradjieff, Charles Mayton, Zak Prekop, Torben Ribe, Eric Hussenot, Paris, France
Meanwhile in the Lonesome Valley, Loudhailer, Los Angeles
Being Essex Flowers, Adds Donna, Chicago


Is it much too much to ask, not to hide behind the mask?, Old Room, New York
This Literally Happened: A Night of Storytelling, e­flux, New York
East Side to the West Side, Flag Art Foundation, New York
Group Show: Graham Durward, Heather Guertin, Zak Kitnick, curated by Lucien Terras, 143 Reade St., New York
Group Show, Hagiwara projects, Tokyo, Japan
Zero for Conduct, Heather Guertin, Sanya Kantarovsky, and Viola Yesiltac, Malraux’s Place, Brooklyn, NY
Shakti, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy


Long Instant Short Hour, Thomas Duncan Gallery, Los Angeles
Performance, White Columns, New York
New Paintings By, Tisch Abelow, Ariel Dill, Matthew Fischer, Heather Guertin, Heidi Hahn, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York
6<<<>>>6, Interstate Projects, Curated by 247365, Brooklyn, NY (Catalogue)
Essex Flowers, Essex Flowers, New York
Performance, Carnegie International Apartment Talks, Pittsburgh, PA (Catalogue)
Performance, Cleopatra's, Brooklyn, NY


Estate, a project by Lucie Fontaine, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (Catalogue)
Performance, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
Pig Party, organized by Gina Beavers, New York City, New York
Mise en Scène, Curated by Paul Cowan, Young Art, Los Angeles
Performance, Contemporary Art Daily Office, Chicago
Performance, Audio Visual Arts, New York


Performance, Essex St. New York
A Painting Show, Harris Lieberman, New York
Four Rooms, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
Prague Biennial, Prague, Czech Republic (Catalogue)
Addicted to Highs and Lows, curated by Richard Aldrich, Bortolomi, New York


Out of the Box, curated by Liutauras Psibilskis, Emily Harvey Foundation, New York
No Barrier Fun, Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York
Same Sight Slighter, Renwick Gallery, New York
01-11-10, Ludlow 38, New York


Strip/Stripe, Emily Harvey Foundation, New York
Splits, Bellstreet, Vienna, Austria
PRESENTS, curated by The Milwaukee International, Rowely Kennerk Gallery, Chicago


From A Position, curated by Maxwell G. Graham, Evanston Art Center, Chicago
Re-presentation, New York City, Pilsen, Chicago
Rotations, w/ Neil Infalvi and Zak Prekop, Rowely Kennerk Gallery, Chicago
Sense and Sensidility, 65 Grand, Chicago
The Dark Fair, Sculpture Garden, The Swiss Institute, New York
Ghost Art is a Lie, a collaborative project w/ Neil Infalvi and Zak Prekop, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Fifths, Swingr Art, Vienna, Austria (Catalogue)



Rooney, Allison, "Wet on Wet", Highlands Current, August 9, 2021


Russeth, Andrew, "Park McArthur Prods MoMA Expansion, Heather Guertin’s Luscious Paintings, and Ramiken Returns," Art News, November 7, 2018


Freeman, Nate, "Essex Flowers to Blossom in Chinatown with Relocation to Monroe Street,", May 18, 2016

Kinsella, Eileen, "Is Art Los Angeles Contemporary the West Coast's 'It' Fair?," Artnet, January 26, 2016

Steadman, Ryan, "5 Must-See Booths at the Art Los Angeles Contemporary Fair," Observer, January 25, 2016


The Artspace Editors. Contemporary Art Daily Founder Forrest Nash's Picks From NADAMiami Beach 2015, Artspace, Nov. 23, 2015

Hyperallergic, Your Concise Guide to the Bushwick Art Book and Zine Fair July 8 2015

Pagel, David, "The residents of 'Lonesome Valley' play well with one another," Los Angeles Times, July 8, 2015

Ferris, Laura McLean, "Comic Relief or Get a (real) life! or Art's other new Zeitgeist," Art Review, Summer 2015, p. 53


Schwabsky, Barry, "Development at Brennan & Griffin," Artforum, December 2014

Andrew Russeth, ‘Eyegays, Ecstatic Painting and a Glorious Mess: Andrew Russeth on the Year in, and Beyond, the Galleries,’ ArtNews, December 30, 2014

Rodríguez, Paola, "Heather Guertin at Proyectos Monclova," Review,, Nov 18, 2014

Andrew Russeth, “The Season Begins: A Rough Start in Chelsea, Joys Abound Downtown,” ArtNews, September, 2014

"Heather Guertin: Development," Hassla, September, 2014

Smith, William, “Verbatim: Heather Guertin,” Art in America, January 17, 2014


Bauman, Daniel, "2013 Carnegie International," Carnegie Museum of Art, October 31, 2013

Russeth, Andrew, "New Paintings By at Jack Hanley Gallery," GalleristNY, October, 15, 2013

Griffin, Nora, “Five Painters at Jack Hanley Gallery”, ArtCritical, October 14, 2013

Butler, Sharon, “Heather Guertin: Ha,” Two Coats of Paint, July 18, 2013

Peetz, John Arthur, “Critics Pick: Where The Sun Don't Shine," Interstate Projects,, July 2, 2013

Durray, Dan, "Tender Age in Bloom," The New York Observer, June 26, 2013

Brooks, Kimberly and Annie Buckley, On Seeing: Laughter! Huffington Post, June 18, 2013

Guertin, Heather, "Model Turned Comedian, A Novella," co-published by Publication Studio and Social Malpractice, 2013

Sterns, Jamie, “Eckhaus Latta and Heather Guertin’s MODEL TURNED COMEDIAN,” YA YA YA, April 29, 2013

"Artist Profile with Andrea Longacre-White," Rhizome, April 3, 2013

Russeth, Andrew, "It's Looking Like a Great Saturday for Art Books," GalleristNY, May 17, 2013

"LA Art Book Fair Heads West", Interview Magazine, January 24, 2013


Russeth, Andrew, "7 Things to Do in New York's Art World Before March 24", Gallerist, NY, April, 3, 2012


Fiduccia, Joanna. “Critics Pick, Best of 2010: Carol Bove, Blinky Palermo, Renwick Gallery group exhibitions,", December 2, 2010

Smith, Roberta. "Varieties of Abstraction," The New York Times, August 5, 2010

Smith, Roberta. "Same Sight Slighter," Renwick Gallery, The New York Times, May 14, 2010


Wenzel, Erik. “Presents Tense is Grace at Rowley Kennerk Gallery, Chicago," Art Slant, January 26, 2009


Grabner, Michelle. “COI,” BDBBDB, Issue 2, pg. 22, 2008

Connelly, Patrice. Recommended, Review: From a Position/Evanston Art Center, Evanston, New City, Chicago, June 2008


Graham, Maxwell. Fifths, A Reader, 2007

Public Collections

M HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp