piece of artwork

, 2008

Oil on canvas, 60” x 48”

Gift: Artist, 2010



Contemporary artist Mary Addison Hackett focuses her artwork on the construction of meaning, memory, and representation in daily life.

Hackett resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she works out of her studio garage producing artwork.  The artist attained her BFA in Painting at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and went back to school for her MFA in Studio Arts at the University of Chicago in Illinois. Hackett had her first solo show in Los Angeles in 2002, and has been showing her work in group settings throughout the world since the early 1990s.

The artist stated: “I vary my approach to painting by constructing a visual language from fragments of stored information, as well working from direct observation, photographs, and multiple other sources, both visual and literary.” With several forms of inspiration, Hackett’s work varies between representational and abstract.

Both of Mary Addison Hackett’s paintings in the Escalette Collection of Art at Chapman University were gifted to the collection by the artist herself. Station and Fast Acting Mr. Electric Sunshine were both painted in 2008 and are abstracted images created with bright colors and bold brushstrokes.

piece of artwork

Fast-acting Mr. Electric Sunshine, 2008
Oil on canvas, 72” x 60”
Gift: Artist, 2010


For more about the artist, read The Old Towne Orange Plaza Review

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Text revised 07-05-2014