Ann Craven (b. 1967, Boston, MA) received her MFA from Columbia University in 1993. Craven is known for her portrayals of natural subjects – in particular, birds, flowers, and the moon – rendered in bright, familiar colors. Her work plays with the notion of temporality in an almost playful way, lacking excessive gravitas and instead opening itself up to spontaneity: “My paintings are a result of mere observation, experiment and chance and contain a variable that’s constant and ever-changing — the moment just past.” She mixes her paints directly on the canvas and dates and titles her palettes just as she does to her works – to her, the paint on the palettes become physically useless after the work is completed, making the creation of each painting a unique and isolated experience.
Craven’s work has been exhibited at Maccarone (New York), Southard Reid (London), and Hannah Hoffman Gallery (Los Angeles) and can also be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the New Museum (New York), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. She lives and works between New York City and Maine.