"To be Someone." The title of Mary Heilmann's first retrospective is quite fitting. This milestone is a much deserved recognition of her dedication to following her passion. This past May, the Orange County Museum of Art presented 58 paintings and several of her furniture pieces that span her 36 years as a painter and artist. This show also is garnering her an even wider audience, as evidenced by the August 2007 issue of Vogue, where Heilmann is profiled, with accompanying portrait by Annie Leibovitz!
The Vogue article also shows a few photos of her current beach home in Long Island. It's a perfect example of her style- bright, colorful, "deceptively simple", and slightly irreverent. Heilmann was born and raised in California, but eventually moved to New York. However, you can see that the California spirit never left her. Her color combinations are totally inspiring. Check out her full interview in the August 2007 issue of Vogue on newstands now. The retrospective show runs until August 26, 2007. Read more about it here. Directions to the Orange County Museum of Art here. Portrait of Mary Helimann by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue. Artwork images from OCMA