Hilary Pecis - Familiar Views

Hilary Pecis

Familiar Views

Exhibition Dates: September 29nd – November 24th, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday September 29nd, 6-9 pm

A stack of artist monographs lie heavy on the left side of one of Los Angeles based painter Hilary Pecis’ compositions, the titles running the gamut of painters from Fairfield Porter and Florine Stettheimer to Kerry James Marshall and Henri Rousseau–lovingly depicted in the artist’s confident hand.  Beside them sits a ceramic vase with lilies overflowing, the discerning eye realizing that the vase is an original piece by the funk-art legend Maija Peeples-Bright, with a painting in the background alluding to yet another artist that has played a role in Pecis’ life and development as a painter. These are self portraits made in remove, works that both intimately invite you into the home and spaces around LA and California that the artist visits, as well as puzzle pieces through which we construct a fuller understanding of the artist as we stroll from work to work.

Pecis’ paintings within Familiar Views feel both rooted within the history of painting, of the still-life and landscape traditions in particular, and emblematic of the contemporary space which painting holds.  The classical techniques of intense rendering and lush blends of oil paint are traded for Pecis’ textural and flattened compositions and a penchant for odd perspectives, translated through the artist’s handling of her favorite local acrylic paint manufacturer: Novavcolor. Much like their art historical connotations, there’s an ever-present layering in Hilary’s works, of experiences, of references, of objects and space––a casual density found throughout the works in her solo exhibition, regardless of content or location. The paintings bounce fluidly from domestic spaces and the artist’s garden, to desserts and the jagged mountains that surround LA, and back to the scenes that feel archetypally of Southern California–low slung markets, aging signage, and of course the ever-present hovering palm tree.

Regardless of the space inhabited by the painter’s gaze, there lies an overarching feeling of comfort–of being invited into the artist’s home or following along on the family’s travels. And at a time in which social media beckons its users to actively package their lifestyles and “live” exciting experiences for the vicarious consumption of others, there lies an alluring and sincere confidence conveyed in Pecis’ invitation to inhabit some of the quieter moments in the artist’s life.

Hilary Pecis has exhibited across the United States, including recent exhibitions at Rachel Uffner (New York, NY); Halsey McKay Gallery (East Hampton, NY); Josh Liner Gallery (New York, NY); The Pit (Los Angeles, CA); 0.0 Gallery (Los Angeles, CA); Galerie Drost (Paris, FR) and V1 (Copenhagen, Denmark). In San Francisco, Pecis’ work has shown at Guerrero Gallery, Gallery 16, Luggage Store, Catherine Clark and Southern Exposure. Pecis was the recipient of the Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship in 2008 from the SF Arts Commission. Hilary received her MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

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-California College of the Arts, 2007-2009, MFA

-California College of the Arts, 2004 – 2006, BFA

-Aurobora Press Residency, September 2009


-Heroes and Hearts, San Francisco General Hospital, 2011

-Graduated with High Distinction, California College of the Arts, 2009

-Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship, 2008, SF Arts Commission

-Masterminds Grant, 2008, San Francisco Weekly

-Emerge Recipient, 2006, GenArts SF

-Graduated with High Distinction, California College of the Arts, 2006

-Best of the Junior Review, 2005, California College of the Arts

-Robert Ralls Scholarship, 2005, California College of the Arts


Up coming, The Pit, Los Angeles, CA, April 2019

Familiar Views, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA, September 2018

On View, Rachel Uffner, New York, NY, April 2018

Desert Paintings, Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY, July 2017

New Works, Josh Liner Gallery, New York, NY  April 2017

El Verano, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA  June 2016

-Crash, Parklife Gallery, San Francisco, CA April 2014

In Accordance, Halsey McKay, East Hampton, Ny  June 2012

-Consensus, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, Ca, April 2012

Reconfigure, Bows and Arrows, Sacramento, Ca, June 2011

-Galleria Glance, Turin, Italy, March 2011

Half Truths and Outright Lies, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, Ca February, 2011

Intricacies of Phantom Content, Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco, CA, July, 2009

From the Paradigm Shift, Receiver Gallery, San Francisco, CA, September 2008.


Summer Breaks, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY  July 2017

Fake News, CES Gallery, Los Angeles, CA  May 2017

LA Intersections, Fabien Castanier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA May 2017

Goat, Josh Liner Gallery, New York, NY  January  2017

How High, Left Field Gallery, San Luis Obispo, October 2016

Southland, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA  July 2016

Major Works, Chandran Gallery, SF, CA December 2015

Pattern//Chaos, Cinders, Brooklyn, NY September 2015

649 Irving, Guerrero Gallery, SF, CA, August 2015

Works on Paper, Hunted Projects, Tilburg, NL,  July, 2015

Chinatown Project, Guerrero Gallery, SF, CA June 2015

Jug Life, Parklife, SF, CA  May 2015

That’s My Trip, Joshua Liner Gallery, NY, NY April 2015

Ducks, Green Point Terminal Gallery, BK, NY, November 2014

HiRes, Plug Projects Gallery, Kansas City, MO, March 2014

Where My Cones At?, POVEvolving, Los Angeles, Ca Sept 2012 

Where My Cones At?, Double Break Gallery, San Diego, Ca, July 2012

End of Days, Mixed Greens Gallery, NY,NY January 2012

Slash, CES Gallery, Laguna Beach, Ca, November, 2011

-Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY, June 2011

Domestic Goods, Eric Firestone Gallery, E. Hampton, NY, May 2011

Boom!, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, Ca  December 2010

Ah, Wilderness!, Ebersmoore, Chicago, IL, December 2010 

Power of Selection: Part 3, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL, November 2010

Shadow Shop, Project by Stephanie Sujuko, SF MoMA November 2010 

Juried BAC, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, Ca, August 2010

Hello Sweden, Krets Gallery, Malmo, Sweden, August, 2010

Temple of Blooom, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, July 2010

Album, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 2010  

Fax, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA  January. 2010

-Gallery Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, Sweden, Nov,  2009

Infinity, Scion Installation, Los Angeles, CA October,  2009 

This is Your, This is My, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX, August,  2009

Control C, Control V, EbersB9 Gallery, Chicago, IL  July,  2009

-Super Fine, Morgan Lehman, New York, NY, July,  2009

-Remix, Catherine Clark, San Francisco, CA June,  2009

Sports, Synchronicity, Los Angeles, CA  April,  2009 

-NADA Fair with Triple Base Gallery, Miami, FL December,    2008

-Bobby Hutton, Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA  November,    2008

Allegory of the Mountain, Mahan Gallery, Columbus, OH, October,    2008

Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship, SF Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA Sep,    2008

New Landscapes, Dominican University of San Rafael, San Rafael, CA  April,    2008

Spaced Out, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA  March,    2008 

Gold Rush, Okay Mountain, Austin, TA   January,    2008 

-Grounded, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA  November, 2007

Domestic, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA  October, 2007

-Albedo, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA September, 2007

Weathered Worlds, Park Life Gallery, San Francisco, CA  September, 2007 

Cut and Paste, Tag Art Gallery, Nashville, TN, March, 2007. 

-The Marfa Salon, Marfa, TX October,    2006

West Coast Windows, Samson Projects, Boston, MA  June,    2006

Lilac Ladies Mural Project, The Lab, San Francisco, CA  August, 2005


-White Columns, Curated Slide Registry, New York, NY

-The Drawing Center, Artists Viewing Program, New York, NY


-Art Forum, Summer Issue, 2017, Review by Prudence Peiffer on Hilary Pecis, Pg. 347 and 362

-Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (CARLA), Fake News at CES Gallery, Aaron Horst, May 19, 2017

-Wall Street International, Fake News, May 11, 2017

-Blouin Art Info, Hilary Pecis at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, April 21, 2017

-Hampton Magazine, Collage and Effect, Stacy Goergen, p154-156, June 29, 2012. Warholian, Michael Cuffe, April 2012

-Il Metodo VideoInsight Rebecca Russo, Postmedia Books, 2012

-Foam Magazine, Fish Bowl, pg. 35, Meighan O’toole, September, 2011

-Juxtapoz Magazine, Hilary Pecis, p.52-65 &140-141, Austin McManus, May, 2011.

-ArtTribune, Mezze Verita e Autentiche Menzogne, Stefano Riba, April, 2011-Huffington Post, SF Galleries: Collages of Calculated Chaos, Cherie Louise Turner, Feb 25,

-Hi Fructose, An Interview with Hilary Pecis, Ken Harman, Feb. 16, 2011.-Art Practicle, Omega,and Half Truths & Outright Lies, Brian Andrews Feb. 12, 2011

-KQED.org:Arts, Guerrero Gallery Opening, Kristin Farr, March 18, 2010.

-Dazed and Confused Magazine, Hilary Pecis, Francesca Gavin, Issue 179, Oct., 2009

.-San Francisco Chronicle, What You Are, I Once Was, Michelle Broder Van Dyke, October 29, 2009.

-Art Ltd. Hilary Pecis: “Intricacies of Phantom Content” at Triple Base Gallery, Chérie Louise Turner, September, 2009.

.-SF Weekly, Hilary Pecis: Intricacies of Phantom Content, Traci Vogel, July 13, 2009

.-SF Bay Guardian, Intricacies of Phantom Content, Matt Sussman, June 24, 2009.

.-Flavorpill, Hilary Pecis and Elyse Mallouk, Matt Sussman, June 19, 2009.

-7×7, Hard-Boiled Wonderland: The Candy-Colored Kaleidoscopes Of Hilary Pecis, Kimberly Chun,  June, 05, 2009.

-SF Gate, New Art From Fresh Minds, JD Beltran. April 23, 2009.

-NY Arts Magazine, Traversing Wilderness, Jan/Feb 2009

-New American Paintings, Issue #79, December 2008

-SF Gardian, Picks, Johnny Ray Huston, September 3, 2008

-SF Weekly, Masterminds, March 19, 2008

-NeoGeo: A New Edge to Abstraction, 2007, R. Klanten, S. Ehmann, B. Meyer

-New American Paintings, Issue #67, December 2006.