About : Heather Day is an artist living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Day grew up in Hawaii and along the east coast of the United States, finally moving to San Francisco after graduating from Maryland Institute College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and art history. Her background in travel and culture encouraged her to see more of the world, where she discovered a connection to nature—her main source of inspiration. Day’s art is a form of visual storytelling interested in conveying moments of interactions. She works primarily with paint and non-traditional materials, and is known for her murals. The philosophy that everything is a product of an experience frames each work, conveying stories of movement and ideas of color through seams, lines, and layers.

Day recently completed the 5th solo exhibition of her career at The Wall Gallery in Oakland this past November. Recent group exhibitions include The Affordable Art Fair in New York City, Soho Art House in Los Angeles, and Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento. She is currently working on murals around the bay area and New York City. She's planning for a group show at Athen B. Gallery in Oakland, as well as a solo show at Gensler Architects in San Francisco this coming May.


Statement: Heather Day travels seeking stories of all kinds—stories behind people, places, sound, and nature—and brings them home to her Oakland studio to create an interpretation. Day chooses to communicate these interpretations through layers of overlapping paint, expressing moments at every seam, edge, and line. Each mark represents her language of dynamic motion, allowing compositions to read like handwriting—from one side to another.

Working primarily with paint and non-traditional materials, her recent work is a reflection of travels in nature. Collected moments from wooded areas, agitated rivers, and panoramic views of the ocean are conveyed through washes of medium and rapid marks. Color is used as punctuation—a means to control the energy and direct the eye. Her process demands motion, requiring the entire body, not just the hand. Each painting seeks to balance the progression of growth and upkeep found in both nature and the act of painting.


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|Proximity to the Ocean, The Wall Gallery, Oakland CA
Feels Like Home : The Sub Gallery - San Francisco CA
2014 | Things We Hold, 2 Blocks of Art - San Francisco, CA
2013 | Pages, Wall Gallery - Oakland, CA
2013 | Sideways, Hillyer Art Space - Washington, DC


2015 | The Affordable Art Fair, UpRise Art, New York, NY
Soho Art House x Tappan Collective,Soho Art House, West Hollywood, CA

2014 | Aesthetic Dialogue, Gallery M - Ontario, Canada

2013 | Intermix, Daily Candy, The Tappan Collective - New York, NY
Pages / Wall Gallery - Oakland, CA
Paintings by Heather Day, West Elm - Emeryville, CA
10 x 10, Norton Factory Studios - Oakland, CA
Paintings by Heather Day, Google Campus - Mountain View, CA

2012 | Out of Order, Maryland Art Place - Baltimore, MD
Lotta Art, School 33 - Baltimore, MD
Plan Bmore, Nomad Gallery - Baltimore, MD
One Inspired Evening - Chicago Journeymen - Plumbers Union Hall - Chicago, IL
Xoxo, Spray Booth Gallery - Kansas City, MO
Sketchbooks, Decker Library Gallery - Baltimore, MD

2011 | Monster Drawing, Contemporary Museum - Baltimore, MD
Baltimore: Open City, North Ave Market Gallery - Baltimore, MD
Skin, Load of Fun Gallery - Baltimore, MD

2010 | Drawing & Painting Exhibition; Fox Gallery MICA - Baltimore, MD
Second Nature; Caribou Screen Printing Show - Baltimore, MD

2009 | Foundation show, Decker Gallery, MICA - Baltimore, MD



2013 | Architects Choice, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC
2012 | Painting Major Cum Laude, MICA, Baltimore, MD
2011| Juried Solo Exhibition Award, Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC
2010 | Academic Achievement Scholarship, MICA, Baltimore, MD
2008 | Presidential Merit Scholarship, MICA Baltimore, MD



2015 Mural at Craftsman and Wolves, San Francisco CA
Heather Day x Bonmot Clothing Collaboration, San Francisco CA
Mural at Dropbox, Dropbox Offices, Seattle WA
Well Traveled : Herschel Supply travel collaboration

2014 Apt CB2 with CB2 and Pinterest, New York City, NY
Intermix: Limited Edition Tote Bags, Palo Alto, CA
West Elm: Experimental Painting Workshop, Emeryville, CA