Maryanne Pollock

Maryanne Pollock is a contemporary abstract painter and printmaker whose roots are in luminist landscape tradition. 

She is a graduate of Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and Rome, Italy. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking with a Teaching Certification in Art Education. Pollock studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Corcoran College of Art and Design and did graduate work at American University. She has lived and exhibited in Cairo for six years and has had a studio in DC since 1992. 

She represented the United States at Genoma Contemporary contextual to the 2011 Venice Biennale and in the US State Department Arts in Embassies program. She has been represented by Ralls Collection (DC), Skoto Gallery (NYC) and Genoma Contemporary (Venice, Italy). Her paintings have been exhibited and collected widely with shows in Basel (Switzerland), Paris (France), and Cairo and Alexandria (Egypt). Most recently her paintings were acquired by Hogan Lovell US, by a crowned Prince of Qatar and the Marriott Marquis DC purchased 40 of her paintings for their new hotel downtown. 

Pollock recently completed a collaborative mural commission and event for the University of Maryland and the Barrie School on global refugeeism. Her hand painted silks have been commissioned and sold at Barney’s New York, the Whitney Museum of Art, Felissimo, NYC, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, High Museum in Atlanta, the Phillips Collection and many others. She was a docent at the Phillips Collection for six years and continues to give art historical lectures.


My work is an investigation into genomic grids or intersections of memory, genetic coding, and super-consciousness as it morphs into color/form and recedes back into potentiality. 

Plein Air architectural and botanical studies inform the intuitive process of layering color fields and kinetic compositions. Intricate brain wave patterns, aerial views of deserts, land, and cityscapes are alluded to. Diaristic Plein Air studies of my travels, especially of Egypt, NYC, Washington, New Mexico and Spain directly inform my paintings. 

These abstract inner-landscapes, without a focal point and constantly in flux, are not unlike the ever-mutable dance between man and nature.