Esther Pearl Watson GALACTIC PLAINS 
Opening Saturday, May 28 from 7-10 pm

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Esther Pearl Watson

Opening Reception this Saturday, May 28 from 7-10pm!

Pasture Cows Crossing Indian Creek, 2015, $300 (unframed)

Hand embellished print on archival acid free paper, image size 14" x 21" on 18" x 24" paper

The print will only be available until the end of the show. May 28–June 26, 2016

Available for purchase at the gallery only – no on line sales until after May 28, 2016


Featuring a performance by Dolphinforce!


Featuring 29 new works by Esther Pearl Watson – "GALACTIC PLAINS"

This is Esther's first Los Angeles solo show in nearly six years! 
Each painting features a custom made welded steel frame by artist Rob Clayton. 

(below left) Dream Achiever (Polaroid), 2016 | Acrylic with glitter on wood | 58” x 24” x ¾” | $3,000

(below right) Club Schmitz, 2016 | Acrylic with foil on wood with metal stand | 20" x 36" $3000

Gregorio Escalante Gallery is pleased to announce Galactic Plains, a solo exhibition of new work by Esther Pearl Watson. Often described as a faux naive painter, Watson’s first Los Angeles solo show in nearly six years will feature new paintings as well as never before seen sculpture work. Her folk qua outsider aesthetic relies on Watson as an unreliable narrator, taking her childhood experiences and subsequently mythologizing them, perpetuating her own myth. Her work gives anyone who has experienced the (dis)enchantment of small town life and being the odd-one-out a gentle reassurance that they are not alone.

Watson’s paintings become windows into the past, delving into our subjective experiences as children and recapturing the magic that permeated the world. As a child, her father built flying saucers in the yard, creating “visions of the future” when they would fly, although they rarely ever even made it off of the ground. Emigrating from Italy to Texas during the 50s, he was eccentric, growing up amidst cowboys during the space race and post World War II tumult. Watson uses these experiences of her youth as inspiration, drawing on the influence of her father’s unique worldview and actions on her world view. Her interpretations of UFOs are entirely her own, refeminizing a masculine genre through pinks, glitter, soft palettes, and central vulvic forms as spacecrafts.

About Esther Pearl Watson
Esther Pearl Watson grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas, moving often as her father’s scrap metal and car engine flying saucers did not sit well with their neighbors. She attended ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena in the mid1990s and received her BFA in illustration, thereafter attending California Institute of the Arts in 2012 to receive her MFA in painting. Her work combines images and often short sentences or fragments to suggest a narrative that exerts a deep emotional pull, evoking our personal feelings and experiences. Watson is also the author of the graphic novel Unlovable, published by Fantagraphics and has appeared regularly in BUST Magazine for over twelve years. She has exhibited internationally at Galleri Galleberg in Norway, Grafikens Hus in Sweden, and Antonio Colombo Gallery in Milan, as well as across the United States at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Oakland Museum of California, Webb Gallery, Billy Shire Fine Art, and La Luz de Jesus. Watson currently lives in Los Angeles, teaching multiple courses at ArtCenter.

Exhibition on view: May 28 – June 26, 2016
Gallery hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 1:00–6:00pm
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