March Avery

American, b. 1932

Quiet Time - Emily & Martha, 1977, oil on canvas, 50 x 62 inches


March Avery was born in 1932 and grew up in Greenwich Village.  She is the daughter of famous American artist Milton Avery and illustrator Sally Michel Avery. Artists such as Mark Rothko, Adolf Gottlieb, Barnett Newman, and Marsden Hartley were frequent visitors to the Avery household.  Though she did not study art formally (instead she pursued a degree in Philosophy from Barnard), she has said that “I knew no one but artists, so I knew that is all I would ever be.”

Avery’s paintings draw from the imagery of everyday life, which she articulates with vibrant color.  She adopted her father’s abstract simplicity, while transforming it into her own lively style.  Her portrayal of humble, everyday events is imbued with both a sense of humor and a sophistication of palette and form.

March Avery continues to paint to this day, splitting her time between a studio in downtown Manhattan and France.  She exhibits regularly in New York City as well as in other galleries across the United States.  Her work is included in many private and public collections.