“Hilary Pecis makes magic, buoyantly reviving the vivid dream you’d like to revisit. Her scenes become wonderland dioramas that expand, deepen and sprout detail.” –Juxtapoz
Hilary Pecis has won widespread acclaim for her singularly charming domestic still lifes and sun-drenched street scenes, paintings and drawings rendered in vibrant saturated colors and bold linework that seem to celebrate the quiet moments of life: coffee tables overflowing with books, the remains of a dinner party, terrains lush with Southern California succulents.
This monograph, the artist’s first, collects more than 50 works painted in the period between 2017 and 2021. Writer and musician Johanna Fateman contributes a new text on Pecis’ works as they exist in dialogue with the history of representational painting, while painter Lily Stockman provides a more personal view on the collected paintings as Pecis’ unexpected studio-mate during the time of the Covid pandemic. This lavishly designed and fully illustrated volume invites the reader into the enchanting world of an ascendant new talent in painting.
Hilary Pecis (born 1979) has recently been the subject of solo exhibitions at Rockefeller Center, New York (2021); Timothy Taylor Gallery, London (2021); Spurs Gallery, Beijing (2020); Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York (2020); and Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida (2019). Her work is in the permanent collections of institutions including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Aïshti Foundation, Beirut; and Yuz Museum, Shanghai. Pecis lives and works in Los Angeles.