biography under completion
Tara McPherson is an artist based out of New York City. Creating art about people and their odd ways, her characters seem to exude an idealized innocence with a glimpse of hard earned wisdom in their eyes. She explores, through portraiture, the realms of our psychological states via myths, legends, astronomy, physics, nature, love, loss, childhood and good old life experience. Giving us a peek into the complexities of the human psyche through her otherwordly characters.
Tara exhibits her paintings and serigraphs in fine art galleries all over the world. Named the crown princess of poster art by ELLE Magazine, she has created numerous gig posters for rock bands such as Beck, Modest Mouse, and Mastodon. Her array of art also includes a variety of toys with Kidrobot, painted covers for DC Vertigo Comics, advertising illustrations for companies such as Wyden+Kennedy, Publicis, and Bernstein Andrulli. She also taught in the Illustration department at Parsons for 4 years.
McPherson's art has been included in books such as Bunny In The Moon: The Art of Tara McPherson Vol III, Lost Constellations; The Art of Tara McPherson Vol II, Lonely Heart: The Art of Tara McPherson, Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall, The Art of Modern Rock, Illustration Now!, and many more. She has lectured at TedxBrooklyn, Semi-Permanent, Offset, Institute of Contemporary Art London, OFFF, School of Visual Arts, University of Philippines, AIGA NYC, AIGA Austin, Columbus College of Art and Design, Parsons, The University of Arizona, MADE in Edmonton, and Foyles London. Her art has been featured in the Oscar Award winning film Juno, on the cover of the Eisner Award winning anthology Popgun 3, and is in the permanent collection of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In October 2012 she won Toy of the Year at the Designer Toy Awards for her 'Lilitu' figure produced by KidRobot.
Tara was born in San Francisco in 1976 and raised in Los Angeles. She received her BFA with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA in 2001 with an Illustration major and a Fine Art minor. She interned at Rough Draft Studios working on Matt Groening's "Futurama" during college.
She has been featured in The New York Times, Esquire, Vanity Fair, Playboy, Sony Magazine, Bust, Magnet, Elle, Marie Claire, Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz, Clutter, Spin, MTV, Current TV, CBC Radio, Super7, NY Press, LA Times, PBS, HOW, Step, Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Metal Hammer, International Tattoo Art, Seattle Times, LA Weekly, Gothamist, Punk Planet and many more.
Some of her clients include Microsoft, DC Comics, Warner Brothers, Swatch, Rayban, Cirque du Soleil, Dark Horse Comics, Kidrobot, Strangeco, SXSW, Spin, Pepsi, Fanta, 1800 Tequila, Goldenvoice, Penguin, Harper Collins, Bloomsbury, Revolver, Knitting Factory, Village Voice, Dogfish Head Brewery, and Nike among others.
Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY. Wandering Luminations. October 19 - November 16.
Vinyl On Vinyl, Makati City, Philippines. New Drawings. February 8 - March 8.
Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY. The Bunny in the Moon. October 23 - November 20.
Choque Cultural Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil. We Will Rock You. August 8 - 29.
Iguapop Gallery, Barcelona, Spain. Silent Heroes. July 9 - September 5.
Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY. Lost Constellations. February 23 - March 22.
Feinkunst-Krueger Gallery, Hamburg, Germany. November 4 - 25.
BLK/MRKT Gallery, Culver City, CA. Tara McPherson Rocks- A Poster Retrospective. May 6 - June 1.
Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. New Works. February 4 - March 3. Tara McPherson, DeeDee Cheriel, Aiko, Lindsey Way.
Sea No Evil, Riverside, CA. Sea No Evil Art Show 2011. June 25.
The Cotton Candy Machine, New York, NY. Tiny Trifecta. April 9 - May 1.
Last Rites Gallery, New York, NY. Song of the Sirens. March 26 - April 23.
Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA. INLE. March 11 - April 1.
Dorothy Circus Gallery, Rome, Italy. Eau de Parfum. February 25 - April 16.
Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA. Suggestivism. February 5 - April 17.
Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA. Is This Thing On? An Artistic Tribute To Funny People. January 7 - January 29.
Stolen Space Gallery, London, UK. Never Judge...? A Group Exhibition In Association with Penguin Books. December 3 - December 19.
Feinkunst Kruger, Hamburg, Germany. Rockers Original. September 4 - September 25.
Last Rites Gallery, New York, NY. Lead Poisoning. July 10 - July 25.
Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Alternative Press - 25 Years. July 10 - July 23.
Carandente Museum, Spoleto, Italy. Pop Surrealism. June 26 - October 15.
Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico. DRAW: MEXICO CITY. June 19 - August 15.
The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA. Bunny Redux: Contemporary Artists Rethink the Iconic Playboy Bunny. March 27 - July 26.
Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY. 5 Year Anniversary Group Exhibition. February 27 - March 27.
Last Rites Gallery, New York, NY. Dark Pop II. January 9 - February 14.
Museo D'Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome, Italy. Apocalypse Wow! November 7 - December 2.
Royal/T, Culver City, CA. Three Apples - Hello Kitty 35th Anniversary Exhibition. October 23 - November 15.
La. Venue, New York, NY. Harley Davidson Presents: Harley Davidson Presents: The Art of Rebellion NYC. October 17.
The Showroom, New York, NY. American Artifact Rock Poster Art Show. October 15 - October 18.
Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy. July 11 - October 4.
Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. Harley Davidson Presents: The Art of Rebellion. February 7.
Choque Cultural Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil. January 17- February 27. (with Jim Houser, Doze Green)
Dorothy Circus Gallery, Rome, Italy. Inside Nostalgia. October 31- December 31. (with Esao Andrews, Travis Louis)
Amadora International Comics Festival, Amadora, Portugal. October 24 - 25.
Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA. Beyond Baby Tattooville. September 4 - October 24.
Feinkunst-Krueger Gallery, Hamburg, Germany. 10 Year Anniversary of Feinkunst-Krueger. October 4.
Galerie Slowboy, Dusseldorf, Germany. Das Leben Ist Kein Ponyhof (Life Ain't No Ponyfarm). September 23.
Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY. March 31- April 28.
Audio Cinema, Portland, OR. Children of the Revolution. January 6.
Fuse Gallery, New York, NY. Curated by Eric Foss and Curse Mackey. October 28- December 5.
Front Room Gallery, New York, NY. Curated by Jordan Isip and Roger Stevens . April 14.
MF Gallery, New York, NY. Girls! Girls! Girls! April 1- May 14.
OX-OP Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. Juxtapoz Show 2006. March 24- 25.
CBGB Gallery, New York, NY. Swear Bear Show. February 14.
DVA Gallery, Chicago, IL. The Fine Print. December 3- January 3.
Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY. Fall/ Winter Group Show. November 19- December 24.
Super 7, San Francisco, CA. Super 7 Poster Show. November 19- January.
Kidrobot/Drive in Studios, New York, NY. The Munny Show. Benefit to Support Children Affected by Hurricane Katrina held in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. November 3.
Future Prospects Gallery, Araneta Center Cubao Quezon, Phillipines. Mystery Meat, works on paper curated by Jordin Isip. October 1- 29.
Toy Tokyo, New York, NY. 100 (Circus) Punks Rule NYC. September 30- october 20.
10-4 Good Buddy Collective, Los Angeles, CA. Group Show by13 Wheeler. August 13- September 13.
Museum of Design, Atlanta, GA. Graphic Noise. July 28- August 20.
Women's Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT. Paper Dolls. June 17- July 10.
Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA. I AM 8-BIT. April 19- May 20.
La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Everything But the Kitchen Sync Show. March 4- 27.
Compound Gallery, Portland, OR. HIgh Octane. December 2- 31.
Tin Man Alley Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. Ghost Town. October 2- November 14.
Landmark Gallery, Lubbock, TX. Graphic Content- The Art of the New Music Poster. July 31- September 8.
Goodfoot Gallery, Portland, OR. The Art of Musical Maintenance. July 29- August 4.
Junc Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Inbred Silkscreen Show. July 16.
Toyroom Gallery, Sacramento, CA. Girly Show. July 15- 17.
M Modern Gallery, Palm Springs, CA. 999. July 3.
Froden Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. A Day On the Lawn. June 25.
St. Bridges Design Gallery, London, UK. Fused Magazine POP, Touring Rock and Roll poster art exhibition. June 29- July 31.
Medicine Bar, Birmingham, UK. June 16- 27.
Halfway House, Wolverhampton, UK. May 10- June 13.
Chindogu Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK. Sugar Pants. May 22- June 19. (with Frank Kozik)
Bulls Head, Mosley, UK. April 12- May 2.
OX-OP Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. XX Rated: The Double X Chromosome Group Show, Hosted by Christina Martinez. April 3- 30.
La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Everything But the Kitchen Sink Show. March 1.
M Modern Gallery, Palm Springs, CA. Modern Love. February 14.
Blah Blah Gallery, online gallery. Wonder Years Lost: Featured Artist. February 2004.
Tin Man Alley Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. Big Men In Little Cars. January 10- February 15.
10-4 Good Buddy Collective, San Diego, CA. What's Your 20?. December 20- January 25.
Star Shoes, Los Angeles, CA. December 17- January 17.
Culture Cache, San Francisco, CA. After School Special. November 8- December 7.
Gods and Monsters, Columbus, OH. Little Nightmares. October 31.
The Muse Gallery, San Diego, CA. June 14- July 7.
Art Coalition, North Hollywood, CA. Fame/ Infamy. May 1.
Culture Cache, San Francisco, CA. Robots Have Feelings Too, Curated by Jeff Soto. April 5.
Roq La Rue Gallery, Seattle, WA. August 29.
La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Uncommercial Art By Commercial Artists. March 4.
111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Sci- Fi Western Exhibit, Curated by Sunny Buick. January 23.
Cannibal Flower, Los Angeles, CA. November 23.
Ladyfest Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. November 8.
Vice, Los Angeles, CA. Release exhibit for Gristle #4 Art Magazine. November 8.
Zone 9 Flatfile Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. November 1.
La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. For Your Eyes Only. August 2- September 1.
Burning Brush Art Auction, Beverly Garland Hotel, Los Angeles, CA. Playing With Fire- Memories of Childhood. May 26.
La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Uncommercial Art by Commercial Artists. March 2.
The Lab, Los Angeles, CA. Cannibal Flower. November 1.
La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Uncommercial Art by Commercial Artists. October 1.
Blood Moon, Los Angeles, CA. October 1.
Burning Brush Art Auction, Bigfoot Lodge, Los Angeles, CA. August 1.
The Lab, Los Angeles, CA. Cannibal Flower. June 1.
Blessing of the Cars, Los Angeles, CA. June 1.
The Lab, Los Angeles, CA. Cannibal Flower. May 1.
Spiral Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Cannibal Flower. April 1.
Seeing Red Studio, Los Angeles, CA. Cannibal Flower. March 1.
Burning Brush Art Auction, Bigfoot Lodge, Los Angeles, CA. October 1.
Wake Me When Im Famous, Los Angeles, CA. Halloween. October 31 (with Mark Heggie).
Wake Me When Im Famous, Los Angeles, CA. Honest Weight. August 1.
Blessing of the Cars, Los Angeles, CA. July 1.
Burning Brush Art Auction, Bigfoot Lodge, Los Angeles. June 1.
La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Uncommercial Art by Commercial Artists. March 1.
Purple Gallery, Vista, CA. Corpus Spiriti: Spirit of the Body. May 2- 18.
Museum of Design, Atlanta, GA.
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio.
Knitting Factory, Los Angeles, CA, and Brooklyn, NY.
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