Judie Bamber

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Judie Bamber
Detroit, Michigan
Alma materCalifornia Institute of the Arts
Known forMultimedia
AwardsCity of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship (2008)
California Community Foundation Fellowship (2008)
Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship (2012)

Judie Bamber (born 1961) is an American artist based in Los Angeles. Her often representational paintings explore themes of gender, sexuality, temporality, and memory. She teaches in the Master of Fine Arts program at Otis College of Art and Design and is best known for Are You My Mother?, which was featured in New American Paintings in 2003 and 2004.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Judie Bamber was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1961. She received her BFA from California Institute of the Arts in 1983.[2]


Judie Bamber creates representational paintings and drawings based on photographic sources ranging from images of female genitalia to seascapes.[3] Her early work included still lifes in which objects, painted to scale, floated in front of monochromatic color fields.[4] In 2002, Bamber began a series of seascapes, making initial plain-air watercolor sketches that she then used for oil paintings. From 2005-2014, she worked on the project Are You My Mother?, consisting of small-scale representational watercolors and graphite drawings, based on posed erotic and fashion like Polaroids her father took of her mother in the 1960s.[5]



Selected Solo Shows

  • Gorney Bravin + Lee, New York, NY (2004)
  • Pomona College Museum of Art, Project Series 26 (2005)[3]
  • Angles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2008)
  • Are You My Mother?, Angles Gallery (2011)[7]

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Women by Women, Heiner Contemporary, Washington, D.C. (2011)[8]
  • Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago's Dinner Part in Feminist Art History, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (1996)[9]


  1. ^ Zevitas, Steven. "40 Galleries You Should Know If You Love Paint". HuffPost Arts & Cultures. TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  2. ^ C.O.L.A 2008 Catalog. City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. 2008. ISBN 0-9719949-6-X.
  3. ^ a b McGrew, Rebecca. "Project Series 26: Judie Bamber". Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  4. ^ Blake, Nayland. "Further Horizons". Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  5. ^ Halberstam, Jack. "Judie Bamber: Are You My Mother? at Angles Gallery, Los Angeles". X-TRA Online. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Judie Bamber: Are You My Mother?". X-TRA. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  8. ^ "Women by Women". Past Exhibitions. Heiner Contemporary. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  9. ^ Jones, Amelia, editor (1996). Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago's Dinner Part in Feminist Art History. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-20565--0.