Mary Herbert

Based London, UK
Mary Herbert


I make work which oscillates between the observed and remembered. I am interested in the relationship between images and the unconscious, looking for the small things that tip an image from the unknown into the recognised and then back into the unknown. My current work comprises of a series of drawings using pastel on paper, chosen for it’s agility and tactile qualities. I am intrigued by how the application of material to surface can illicit a sensory and emotional affect even in an increasingly screen based culture.


  • 2018: Postgraduate Diploma in Drawing, The Royal Drawing School, London
  • 2010: BA (Hons) Fine Art and Contemporary Critical Studies, Goldsmiths University of London
  • 2007: Foundation Diploma (Distinction), Byam Shaw School of Art, London

Selected Exhibitions & Awards

  • 2019: Ash and Rind, Medicine Gallery New Cross, London
  • 2019: Lynn Painter Stainers Prize Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
  • 2019: Bloomberg New Contemporaries
  • 2019: Lynn Painter Stainers Prize - shortlisted
  • 2018: The Drawing Year End of Year Exhibition, Royal Drawing School, London
  • 2018: Drawing Year Open Studios, SPACE, London
  • 2018: The Ingram Collection Young Contemporary Talent Purchase Prize Exhibition, The Cello Factory, London
  • 2018: The Best of the Drawing Year 2018, Christie’s, London
  • 2018: Let Me Know Before You Arrive, 145 Bethnal Green Rd, London
  • 2018: Nostalgia, TOON, Amsterdam
  • 2017: Relative Distances, London Review Bookshop, London


  • Award winner
  • Exhibited by renowned institution

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  • Achievements & Goals

    • Graduating from the Drawing Year and being selected for Bloomberg New contemporaries
    • To be able to continue making and showing work
    • I dream of a studio in a hut near a lake somewhere with northern light
  • Genre & Style

    • Between abstract and figurative
  • Inspiration & Vision

    • Walking and being outside in nature
    • The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd
    • Listening to music is a constant inspiration in the studio
  • Sales & Trajectory

    • Already sold works
    • Self-financed through freelance work

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