dull roar
38 west 28th street, new york
October 18 - November 18, 2023
Reception Saturday November 4, 6-9pm

Tomato Mouse in conjunction with 326 Gallery presents a selection of recent paintings by Rebecca Bird at 38 West 28th Street, New York. Bird's recent painted autofictions constitute a self through shadows, reflections and lenses that stare back. Thirteen works in oil paint on wood examine observation as an act that unites viewer and artist, the tension between communication and privacy, safety and connection.

self defense
the garden at night
my narcissist
closer than they appear
the rope
left holding an empty glove
heat garden
vestigal vigil


With joy and gratitude I share the news that I have been chosen to recieve a 2023 Individual Support grant from the
Aldoph & Ester Gottlieb Foundation. 


Primary known as a painter, Rebecca Bird’s interventions into the public realm include animation, performance, large public works, and instigating the non-profit space Tomato Mouse in Brooklyn.  

In 2019 Bird completed Intent & Assembly, a 91-foot-long commissioned painting for Seattle Children’s Research Institute. 

Bird has had solo shows at Kopeikin Gallery, Russel Day Gallery, Voookhyang, William Holman Gallery, Wave Hill and other venues.  She has performed at the Hammer Museum, The Armory Show, Fumetto Festival and Issue Project Room, and shown her animation at Lincoln Center, the Everhart Museum and on Triple Canopy and The New York Times online.  Her paintings have appeared in the Paris Review and Harper’s.  She has recieved numerous grants and residencies.  Her work is held in collections including MOMA, NY. 

Rebecca Bird received her BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2000, having attended the Yale Summer School of Music and Art in 1999.  She was a Fulbright Fellow to Japan in Painting 2000-1, researching Nihonga.  Before university she apprenticed in egg tempera painting with painter Michael Bergt.  From 2007 to 2011 she drew Middle Kingdom relief fragments for the Metropolitan Museum on site in Dashur, Egypt.  She has painted many carousels for amusement parks around the world.

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