Born Speedway Indiana
Lives Brooklyn Greenpoint, New Haven studio
Adjunct Faculty, Eastern Connecticut State University Department of Art and Art History
projects by pseudonyms Lady McCrady, McCrady Axon

M.F.A. 1990 City University of New York Hunter College
B.F.A. Syracuse University School of Art
Sir John Cass School of Art London UK
HS grant Hartford Art School

SELECTED AWARDS
2015 Virginia Center for Creative Arts residency
2013 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council ASI
2010 Connecticut Commission on the Arts Individual Artist grant
2002 Connecticut Commission on the Arts Individual artist grant
1994 New England Foundation for the Arts Individual Artist grant
Guild Hall Museum Eight Artists. Republic National Bank First Purchase award, Larry Rivers
N.E.A. New York University electronic media, Martin Nisenholtz

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
*Francoise Bataillon, Art Press, Paris. Fevrier1986
*Jean Pascal Billaud, Cite Magazine International Paris. Novembre 1985
Phyllis Braff, The New York Times May 22, 1988 p 26
*Phyllis Braff, The New York Times July 6, 1988  p 18
*Creative Time New York. Time Capsule:Concise Encyclopedia by Women Artists 1995
*Katy Dobbs, Andy Warhol’s Interview , May 1981. pp 61-62
Pat Hackett, The Andy Warhol Diaries, Warner 1989  pp 357, 372, 379, 436.
*Bernard Hanson. The Hartford Courant, February 8, 1987
*Baird Jones, The East Village Eye, NY. “Andy Warhol: Then and Now” page 15a
*Dinah Prince The Daily News New York. 8 January 1986 p 31
*Rose Slivka The East Hampton Star NY. 3 December 1987
*Elisabeth Vedrenne Decoration International Paris. Novembre 1985
*Interior Magazine TokyoJapan. May 1983 pp 123-124
The New York Times Magazine. In support of Elizabeth Murray 5 May 1991
*The New York Times Sunday. 5 May 1991 p 26
The New York Times Sunday. 14 Nov 2004
*Studio Voice Tokyo Japan. May 1983

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Jean-Pierre Fenez and Jean Michel Vinay Architects. Paris & Marrakesh
Greater Hartford Arts Council CT
Republic National Bank of New York. NYC
Bill Arning Cambridge MA
Connie Vick and Barry Buckland NYC
Springfield Museum of Art Ohio
Andy Warhol NYC

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012  Whitney Biennial 2012 Michael Clark Company UK Residency performer
2010  Bradley International Airport, Curator Power Boothe, Dean, Hartford Art School
1995  Curator's Choice, John Slade Ely House, New Haven CT
1990  Parrish Museum, curator Werner Kramarsky, Southampton NY
1990  Guild Hall Museum, Eight Artists, curator Helen Harrison, East Hampton NY
1984  Everson Museum Biennial, Syracuse NY curator John Perrault
1983  17th Annual Biennial of Sao Paulo Brazil, curator Berta Sichel

MENTORS
Judith Rothschild, Friedl Dzubas, Valerie Jaudon, Elaine deKooning,
Helen Harrison, Robert Swain, Larry Rivers, Siobhan Davies, Vincent Longo
Dan Rice, Susan Crile, Robert Gwathmey, Steph White, Roman Vishniac, Andy Warhol

STATEMENT 2016

Neurologists tell us that, most of all, the human mind craves novelty. We like to be surprised, and caught off guard.
Art making is a direct connection through the hand from the brain.
I create replicas of surprising experiences. I experiment with elemental mineral pigments, animal bristles, plant oil, wool, stoneware, wood.
We are in an apocalyptic climate shift. As a result, the human organism is suffering a psychic frailty. We're manipulated by uncontrolled situations. We fall into a confused vertigo.
We become mesmerized by power and light.


WIKIPEDIA citations

Slivka, Rose C.S., East Hampton Star. December 3, 1987
"Selected by Helen A. Harrison, the museum's curator, the show is sponsored by the Republic National Bank of New York and includes three purchase prizes for the bank's collection chosen by the painter Larry Rivers. The first prize winner Ms. Axon, at 37, seems to be more related to the Abstract Expressionists and European Modernism than any of her other fellow painters in this exhibition. The velocity of her drawing and brushwork, combining a circular sweep of long and short strokes, drives to a vortex that scribes around a series of short directional daubs, high and cool color . . . The sheer force of her charcoal drawing, incorporated in the color of Landing Zone Four, done in 1987 - as well as in her purchase award-winning oil on canvas Straight. No Chaser, done in 1988, have so much energy in the movement and agitation of the surface, it is a pleasure to see this aspect of Modernism receiving a fresh infusion of talent."

Braff, Phyllis. The New York Times "The New Generation Shows Its Colors" May 22, 1988 p.26
"Werner Kramarsky, a collector residing in East Hampton and New York, selected the core of the show, devoted to artists under 35 . . . The energy is less subtle and more direct in McCrady Axon's paintings and handsome etchings. The pieces usually function at two levels, for there is a spiritual meaning in the dominant circular gesture, and a sense of pulsating action to be experienced through a busy, painterly and colorful surface."

Braff, Phyllis. The New York Times July 6, 1988 p.18
"The Axon paintings seek a different sort of harmony with nature, one reflecting the tumult of environmental forces. Vivid, explosive color moves swifly to give the sense of swirling atmosphere. Brush gestures suggest flickering natural light."

Paluel-Marmont, Claudia. Galerie J et J Donguy, Paris, catalogue, Presented by Olivier Renaud-Clement, curator. preface
"It is this chink in the slick surface that steals her. Here is an improper flaw, a troupe of guideposts warning you of the brink. She pursues it, forgetful of the railing."

Anderson, Jack New York Times September 17, 1995
Arts, The Dance: Rappaport
"The choreography of "Fire with Fire" was upstaged by both words and objects . . . But this dollhouse, designed by Lady McCrady, was a house that appeared to be on fire."

Prince, Dinah. Daily News January 8, 1986 p.31

"An artist with startling green eyebrows is showing her equally startling paintings at Dash & Dash . . inspired by construction sites in the streets of Manhattan, Paris and Tokyo. " Things happen which no one pays attention to," McCrady says. "They put up tents, like outposts in the desert." At the opening, fashion designers, the look-alike Clark Gable and the authentic Andy Warhol mingled. McCrady first made an impression in New York in 1981 with her Valentines Day party, where 100 revelers consumed five cases of champagne and tossed pink heart confetti out her 16th floor windows. Dash & Dash owners Philip Dash (who also has a job at Odeon) and Hugo Oropesa (who also works at Channel 13) say McCrady's works are a hit. One piece, a billboard hung on 11th street, was appreciated by a thief."

de Vecchi, Lerner. L'Oeil Revue D’Art. No 364 Novembre 1985 Paris Lady Mc Crady
"But at which speed to run, how far to allow oneself to be tempted, shouldn't we give limits to danger, therefore to life without fear of the unknown? Mc Crady is a member of the current young artists who place themselves outside the schools, who are after all everything but fleeting.”

Actuel, November 1985, Calendrier 'Keskispass?', Lady McCrady
Art Press 100, February 1986, Lady McCrady Galerie J & J Donguy
VSD Paris, November 1985, Enfer et Paradis
Leigh, Candace Dan’s Papers, April 22-28, 1988, Cover and Page 2, McCrady Axon
Paris Le Magazine. November 1, 1985 "A Partir du 1er Nov: Lady McCrady"
Jones, Baird. Downtown, New York. Issue 93 April 20, 1988. Hail to the Sphinx, photo, caption: “Lady McCrady with Andy: Andy asked me to take this shot– he was always the press hound”
Vedrenne, Elisabeth. Decoration Internationale. Fevrier 1986, Une Lady a Decouvrir

Andy Warhol Lady McCrady       Lady McCrady and Andy Warhol 1982, photo East Village Eye, Baird Jones       Andy Warhol Lady McCrady      Lady McCrady aka McCrady Axon 1984      McCrady Axon 


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