Constance Mallinson American, b. 1948

My earliest paintings are minimalist, and upon moving to Los Angeles in the late 1970’s I started to explore and connect with feminist artists and feminist art theory. I wanted to change from the hardcore reductive work that I was doing to something more personal, and this type of work felt really personal to me. For me, the tiny insistent repetitious marks were a way for me to assert my female body and presence. There is an insistence in building up a surface of thousands and thousands of tiny marks that is quite different from casting a piece with steel. This is my body engaging with the material.
Constance Mallinson (b.1948, Washington, D.C.) has exhibited widely in the United States. Her solo exhibitions include The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA; Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA; National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles, Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Angles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; and Jason Vass Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. She has been included in group exhibitions at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA; Art Center College of Design, Pasadena; CA, Heather James Gallery, Palm Desert, CA; Rosamond Felson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA; and The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA. She was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship as well as a City of Los Angeles Artist’s grant. In addition to her recent commission for the EXPO Line MTA Bergamot Station permanent artwork installation, she has designed a poster for the MTA Red Line. She was a “Coolglobe” artist whose globe has traveled the world. She has also taught every aspect of art at all the major universities and colleges in Southern California including UCLA and Claremont Graduate School. Her work has been critically acclaimed by notable art critics such as Christopher Knight and articles on her work have appeared in all the major art publications. Her paintings can be seen in major private and public art collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum; San Jose Museum of Art; National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC; and the Orange County Museum of Art.