Born in 1988, London based artist Mary Herbert's work is an intuitive exploration of memory and sensation. Working at the intersection of drawing and painting, she creates subtle and enigmatic works which oscillate between the recognised and the unknown. Her current work is a series of dream-like pastel drawings and paintings formed of a composite of feelings, lived-sensation, unconscious processes and observation. Mary studied art at Goldsmiths College in London, where she developed a fascination with the materiality of the photographic image and it’s role in our collective lives as a container of memory or document of reality, and later at the Royal Drawing School where she re-connected with the physical and unconscious aspects of image making through drawing.


Works on Paper on Fridges

Aug 12 - Sept 6, 2022


Postgraduate Diploma in Drawing
The Royal Drawing School, London, UK
Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art and Contemporary Critical Studies
Goldsmiths University of London, UK
Foundation Diploma (Distinction)
Byam Shaw School of Art, London, UK

Solo & Two Person

Like Glaciers
Moskowitz Bayse, LA
Bloodroot, with James Owens
Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
To See Through It
Lychee One, London, UK
Mary Herbert
Lychee One, London, UK, online
Mary Herbert
Union Gallery London, UK, online


Drawing attention: emerging British artists
The British Museum, London, UK
Land of the Lotus Eaters
Louise Alexander Gallery, Porto Cervo, Sardinia
New Mythologies II
Huxley Parlour, London, UK
Works on Paper
Harkawik, New York, NY
Anonymous Was A Woman
Clint Roenisch, Toronto, Canada
Here Come The Suns
Bark Berlin Gallery, Berlin, Germany
After Dark
Mepaintsme, online
Unfair Weather
Lychee One, London, UK
Les Danses Nocturnes
curated by East Contemporary, Entrevaux, France
A Tiger In A Tropical Storm
Louise Alexander Gallery, Porto Cervo, Sardinia
Nine Lives
Fortnight Institute, New York, NY
The Lonely Ones
Fortnight Institute, New York, NY, online
Winter Solstice
Fortnight Institute, New York, NY, online
Daniel Raphael, London, UK, online
Dance First Think Later
General Practice, Lincoln, UK
Somewhere Else for a Little While
Eve Leibe Gallery London, UK, online
Hot Paper x Charlie Roberts
GIFC, online
Bloomberg New Contemporaries
Leeds Art Gallery/South London Gallery, UK
A High Hang
Eccleston Project Space, London, UK
Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize
London, UK
The Ingram Collection Young Contemporary Talent Purchase Prize
The Cello Factory, London, UK
The Best of the Drawing Year 2018
Christie’s, London, UK


The Royal Drawing School Dumfries House Residency, Scotland, UK


Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize - finalist
Sunday Times Watercolour Competition - finalist
Lynn Painter Stainers Prize - finalist
The Ingram Collection Young Contemporary Talent Purchase Prize - finalist

Public Collections

The British Museum
The Royal Collection