Represented by:

Los Angeles:
1700 S. Santa Fe Ave. #101
Los Angeles, CA

New York:
Andrew Edlin Gallery
212 Bowery, New York, NY 10012


Webb Gallery
209 W. Franklin
Waxahachie, TX

Maureen Paley
60 Three Colts Lane
E2 6 GQ

Morena Di Luna
3 Adelaide Crescent
Hove, BN 32JD
+44 (0)20 7729 4112


Born 1973, Frankfurt, Germany
Lives and works in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, Ca, USA

Esther Pearl Watson, who is based in Los Angeles, grew up in series of small towns outside of Dallas, Texas with her siblings, mother, and flying saucer-building father, Gene. Her father’s flying saucers and the nomadic aspects of her childhood inspire her “memory paintings,” which playfully narrate the experience of an economically precarious family living in rural America. Watson’s work highlights an absurd, persistent, and particularly American optimism that only seems to grow stronger in the face of failures of family, policy and the American Dream Watson’s paintings depict farmland and highways, oil rigs and pay day loan storefronts, playgrounds and parking lots each with a brief memory written in the corner of the painting to describe the scene. All the while, glittering flying saucers dot the sky and the children, usually pictured in something of a cheerful tumble, seem to be the ones narrating the text as if recollecting the facts years later.

Esther Pearl Watson has an MFA from CalArts. Her paintings have been exhibited worldwide including at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Her award-winning comic ”Unlovable” is published in Bust Magazine and with Fantagraphics. She has published Blood Lady Commandos, on Vice online and Welcome to Crapland on Adult Swim online. She has taught at Oxbow Artist Residency, The Lexicon of Sexicana at Columbia College in Chicago, and Artist-in-Residence at Grafikiens Hus in Mariefred, Sweden. For twenty years, she taught design for social innovation for Designmatters at ArtCenter College of Design.


2012 MFA, California Institute of the Arts, USA
1995 BFA, Art Center College of Design, USA



Texas Tornados, Antonio Colombo Gallery, Milan, Italy
At Heaven’s Edge: Visions, Museum Krona, Uden, Netherlands
Modern Folk, Chefas Projects, Portland, OR
TBD October - December, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, USA (solo)

Flying saucer artwork used for Outsider Art Fair signage, social media and stickered across the entrace doors at the OAF. (Special Project)


A Very Luminous Vision, Vielmetter, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
Sightings, Sun Valley Museum of Art, Ketchum, USA
Rituals of Devotion, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, USA
Perpetual Portrait, Vielmetter Los Angeles, Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA

Guardian of Eden, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
An Apparent Brightness, Maureen Paley: Morena di Luna, Hove, UK (solo)
The Amory Show, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, USA
Plants Now!, Vielmetter Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Safer at Home: Pandemic Paintings, The Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Dust it Off, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, Texas, USA
Esther Pearl Watson, Vielmetter, Los Angeles, California, USA

Safer at Home: Pandemic Paintings, Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles, California, USA (solo)
Words of encouragement, Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles, California, USA (online exhibition)
20 Years, Vielmetter Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA

‘Pop Up Magazine: Winter 2020 Issue’, a touring ‘live magazine’ featuring Esther Pearl Watson with performances at Paramount Theatre, Oakland, California, USA; The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA; Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC, USA; BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn, New York, USA; Ogden Theatre, Denver, Colorado, USA; Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and Hogg Auditorium, Austin, Texas, USA (special project)

Dream Believer, University of Wisconsin – Parkside, Wisconsin (solo)
Dream Believer touring: South Texas College, Texas
MOTHERSHIP, Maureen Paley, London (solo)

Tire Universe, Suzanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
April 14, 1561, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, USA
Pop-Up Shop, GURU GALERIA, Mexico City
Good Job Dream Achiever, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, Texas, USA

Blackhole Blowout, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, Texas, USA (solo)
Starship Pegasus, Antonio Columbo Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
Now More Than Ever, LACE Benefit Art Auction, Los Angeles, USA
For the Good Times, Sp(a)ce, Pasadena, USA

Galactic Plains, Gregorio Escalante Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
Hearsay, Artists Reveal Urban Legends, Los Jo Cos Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

New Works, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, Texas, USA (solo)
The Future Arrives, Galleri Galleberg, Norway (solo)
Atrium, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, USA (special project)

It’s Not a Circus Without a Big Top, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, Texas, USA
Sky, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, USA

Hidden Behind the Stars, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, Texas, USA (solo)
Fort Beavatron, CalArts Mint Gallery, Valencia, Los Angeles, USA
Permanent Collection, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, USA
Cal/Arts MFA Graduate Exhibition, LA Mart, Los Angeles, USA

CalArts Main Gallery, Valencia, California, USA
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, USA   
Land Of Magic, Lesher Center for the Arts, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, USA

New Works, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, Texas, USA (solo)

Visions of the Future, Billy Shire Fine Art, Culver City, USA (solo)
Texas Instruments, Domy, Austin, Texas, USA (solo)

3rd Annual LA Weekly Biennial, Track 16, Los Angeles, USA
Failure, The Lab at Belmar, Lakewood, Colorado, USA
Blab Show!, Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
LA Paint, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California, USA


The Weirding Field, La Luz De Jesus, Los Angeles, California, USA (solo)

What I Remember, Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery, Pasadena, California, USA (solo)

Keep on Laughing, Katherine Mulherin Contemporary art Projects, Toronto, Canada



100W Corsicana, Graphic Novel Residency, Coriscana, Texas, USA


Grafikens Hus, Artist in Residence, Gripsholms Castel; Mariefred, Sweden



Safer at Home: Pandemic Paintings 2020, Texas, USA
Galactic Halo, Self Published in Los Angeles, CA


Unlovable, MISMA, France


Unlovable Volume 3, Fantagraphics Books, Seattle, Washington, USA


DoppoTuttoMax Volume 3, Mimsa, France


Unlovable Volume 2, Fantagraphics Books, Seattle, Washington, USA


Unlovable, Volume 1, Fantagraphics Books, Seattle, Washington, USA


Romeo & Juliet, Blue Q Books, USA


Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA, USA


all artwork copyright Esther Pearl Watson 2024