‘Sitting on the beach, looking at the waves is something I always do, and this painting is about what I see and dream about. It is also about being in the water, and on the wave. You can have both of these thoughts as you stand in front of it.’–Mary Heilmann
Influenced by 1960s counterculture, the free speech movement, and the surf ethos of her native California, Mary Heilmann ranks amongst the most influential abstract painters of her generation. Considered one of the preeminent contemporary Abstract painters, Heilmann’s practice overlays the analytical geometries of Minimalism with the spontaneous ethos of the Beat Generation, and are always distinguishable by their often unorthodox – always joyful – approach to color and form.