I think now I'm just primed and trying to find those moments of connection more, like out in the world of things that we can connect with.


— Rebecca Ness

Rebecca Ness was born in Salem, MA in 1992 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA from Boston University and MFA from Yale School of Art


Her recent oils on canvas and gouaches on paper captured everything from the months of social distancing, over weird moments of studio life, to depictions of personal moments with her girlfriend. She elevated the portrayal of her surrounding to providing us a focused insight into the most personal, and literally locked away parts of life. 


Interested in personal belongings, objects which we associate with value, and in particular collecting mentality, she has painted everything from her family basement, over a pile of books on sale, to the mundane, yet personally significant snapshot of her life. Careful about rendering and recreating all the labels, logos, cover graphics, patterns, signs of wear, and the ways they're organized, these cultural relics of a suburban Americana are telling stories within stories while being transformed into unconventional still lives of the present day. 


Born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1992

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY




2019 MFA, Painting and Printmaking, Yale School of Art

BFA, Painting, minor in History of Art and Architecture, Boston University


Solo Exhibitions



Morgan Presents, 'Studio Visitor: Rebecca Ness & Joel Shapiro’, New York, USA


Galerie Marguo, 'Stepping Out', Paris, France 


Carl Kostyal Gallery, 'Windows and Worlds', London, UK


Nino Mier Gallery, 'Pieces of Mind', Los Angeles, USA


1969 Gallery, 'Twice Over', New York, USA


Yale Slifka Center for Jewish Life, 'Buttoned Down', New Haven, USA 


Group Exhibitions



Akron Art Museum,'Reflections on Perception', Akron, OH

  Nassima Landau, 'do-mes-tic-i-ty', Tel Aviv, Israel
  Alexander Berggruen Gallery, 'The Natural World', New York, NY

Friends Indeed, 'Mother and Child, San Francisco, CA


Harper’s Books, '36 Paintings', Hamptons, USA

  Anton Kern Gallery, '11', New York, USA
2020  Blum & Poe, 'Show Me The Signs', Los Angeles, USA
  Alexander Berggruen Gallery, 'Katherine Bradford, Hulda Guzman, Rebecca Ness'New York, USA

New Release Gallery, Yale MFA Painting, New York, NY


Richard Heller Gallery, Group show with Martin Gordopelota, Andrew Chuani Ho, Ana Benaroya, Anna Valdez, Los Angeles, CA

  Yale MFA Painting/Printmaking Thesis Exhibition, New Haven, CT
  Monya Rowe Gallery, 'On The Inside, Kate Klingbeil and Rebecca Ness', New York, NY
  Galleria Acappella, MIART Art Fair booth with Daphne Ahlers and Kajsa Nylander, Milan, Italy
  Gildar Gallery, A Little Tenderness, Denver, CO

Danese/Corey Gallery, Personal Spaces, New York, NY


Agency Gallery, Uncanny Tales, New York, NY


1969 Gallery, 'Now You See It', New York, NY


Green Hall Gallery, 'Words Cannot Express', Yale School of Art Second Year Show, New Haven, CT


Readywipe Gallery, 'Human Shape', curated by Katherine J. Kim, Holyoke, MA


808 Gallery at Boston University, 'A Few Conversations Between Women', Boston, MA


Brilliant Champions Gallery, 'Bodies of Work', Brooklyn, NY


Green Hall Gallery, Yale School of Art, 'You Can Get In And Not Do Anything, Yale MFA First Year Show', New Haven, CT


How's Howard?, 'Garbage Necklace and Other Things', Boston, MA


41 Cooper Gallery, The Cooper Union, 'Reconstruir', New York NY


Tiger Strikes Asteroid, 'Anachronism and Liberation', Philadelphia, PA


W Hotel and Residences, 'One Night Stand', curated by Brigitte Mulholland and Ryan Michael Ford, New York, NY


Boston Center for the Arts, 'Boston Center for the Arts Ball', pop-up exhibition curated by Robert Moeller, Boston, MA


Field Projects Gallery, '#38, Body/Head', pop up show at Be Fluent NYC, New York, NY 

  Copeland Gallery, 'B L O O M', London, UK

Distillery Gallery, 're_vol_ting: an art show in protest', Boston, MA


Bergen Street Studios, 'Brooklyn Lime', Brooklyn, NY


How's Howard?, 'Queer Painting', Boston, MA

2016 Hojoko, 'Preview', Boston, MA
  Field Projects Gallery, '#35, Jenny spoke softly under her long skinny nose', curated by Paulina Bebecka, New York, NY
  Miishkooki Art Space, 'Sweet Spoils', curated by John Maloof and Rich Szczepanksi, Chicago, IL
  galleryELL, 'Three Rooms', curated by Fiona Buchanan, New York, NY
  Hip To Be Square, Boston, MA
  The Gallery at Porter Mill, 'Colorblind', Beverly, MA
2015 The New York Studio School, 'Living Threads', New York, NY
  Gallery 18, The Chautauqua Institution, NY

Annual Student Exhibition, Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, The Chautauqua Institution, NY


808 Gallery at Boston University, '54: The Boston University BFA Thesis Show', Boston, MA


Copley Square offices, Fuel Education Exhibition, Boston, MA

2014 Gallery 5, 'Where is My Cow?', Boston, MA

Open Studios, Venice, Italy

2013 808 Gallery at Boston University, Arches Student Print Exhibition, Juried exhibition, Boston, MA
  808 Gallery at Boston University, Visual Art Undergraduate Student Showcase, Boston, MA
  Boston University Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Activism, Group show, Boston, MA
2012 808 Gallery at Boston University, Visual Art Undergraduate Student Showcase, Boston, MA

Residence of BU President Robert Brown, Sloane House Art Exhibition, Boston, MA


Boston University Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Activism, 'Explorations of Sexuality', Boston, MA




2019 Salon Nino Mier, Cologne, Germany

New York Studio School Drawing Marathon with Graham Nickson,  

New York, NY


The Chautauqua Institution, Residency Program, Chautauqua, NY


Venice Studio Arts Program, Boston University, Venice, Italy




Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven,  CT

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA 
SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA 
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO 
JP Morgan Chase Art Collection 

Long Museum, Shanghai, China

Kistefos Museum, Jevnaker, Norway

Dangxia Art Space, Beijing

M Art Foundation, Shanghai

Recharge Foundation, New York/Singapore

Asymmetry Art Foundation, London/Hong Kong