Gladys Nilsson (b. 1940) is an internationally-recognized artist, well-known for her work in watercolor, exquisitely rendered in delicate pools of lush color, densely composed with a multitude of figures ranging widely in scale. She was a founding member of the Hairy Who: a group of six alumni from the Art Institute of Chicago who staged a series of collective exhibitions, debuting at the Hyde Park Art Center in 1966. In 1973, she was among the first women artists to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her work often examines issues of sexuality and gender, depicting male and female characters performing domestic dramas of the human condition. Nilsson is based in Chicago and has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago since 1990. Her work is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Yale University Art Gallery, among others.
Parker Gallery will present our first solo exhibition with the artist in May 2020.