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Marley Freeman


Marley Freeman — Born 1981, Boston, Massachusetts. Lives and works in New York, New York. Represented by Karma, New York; and Parker Gallery, Los Angeles. 


Marley Freeman combines the disciplines of abstract and representational painting. Her unique facture is characterized by the hand-mixed gesso, acrylic, and oil paints she uses to create meticulous, psychologically-charged color fields. Through this technical process, she studies the ways in which paint “wants to perform.” “Pigments have their own ways of acting,” Freeman says, “and I became obsessed with learning their traits.” Freeman’s distinct vocabulary of forms is made up of brushy strokes, color washes, and shapes that freely transform across the picture plane. 


The influence of textile design is evident in her close attention to the textural subtleties of her paints, and her reverence for their surface effects — their impressions in the warp and weft of the canvas. 


Freeman completed her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA at the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College, New York, and. She has had recent solo exhibitions with Parker Gallery, Los Angeles; Karma, New York; Janice Guy at MBnb, New York; PSM, Berlin; and Cleopatra’s, New York.


Bad Girls 2021 - Featured Works



Picture for Private Devotion, 2020

oil and acrylic on linen, framed

63.5 x 49 cm - 25 x 19.3 inches


Not for sale.



Untitled, 2020

oil and acrylic on linen, framed

29.8 x 32.1 cm - 11.8 x 12.7 inches


Courtesy of the Artist and KARMA, New York.

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