When I make art I'm in a timeless place where there is no beginning or end. Deepak Chopra calls it "the gap." - Mary Gow

Mary Gow is a California-based Chinese-American artist who’s been exhibiting her work since 1988. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and received her M.A. in Education (with emphasis in Instructional Technology) from San Jose State University. For two years she studied and worked in New York City, following her own art curriculum. She’s circled the globe (literally) and traveled to 17 countries. Her work is a blend of Eastern reflection and Western expression. Currently she’s working on a collection of writings and poetic calligraphic abstractions.

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“MaryGow’s work is part of the abstract art tradition which developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when many artists felt literal graphic representation didn’t adequately express feelings they were experiencing. Like her predecessors, Gow showcases a reality that is impossible to illustrate in any other way.” 

-Murray Paskin, read the full review at San Francisco Examiner.

“Pure invention, challenging the viewer to consider the possibilities of the image.”
– Robert Buelteman, The Buelteman Studio 

“Refreshing . . . takes us back to what photography is all about.” 
– Marvin Wax, author, designer, photographer

“The colors in your abstract work are so vivid and alive–and then the black and white. Just lovely. Haunting. (Even the photographs tend towards the abstract: much tension there between a recognizable “image” and our perception of the “purity” of lines and related spaces. It’s as if an other consciousness were pulling at us as we look at the world.”
– Jack Foley, poet/performer/writer and host of KPFA 94.1 FM’s “Cover to Cover”

“Your work is beautiful!”
– Leslie Katz, Arts Editor, San Francisco Examiner

THANKS SO MUCH for this gorgeous splash of beauty on my wall! Came home and immediately on entering, it burst into my vision and would not let me go – just as it did at your showing. And now I get to drink it in umpteen times a day.”
-Lisa Dollar, founder of the Lysistrada Project

“This piece is beautiful, ethereal–the colorist theme really comes through.”
-Lisa Awrey, Branding Consultant

“Beautiful! I’ve enjoyed looking at all your wonderful work! Thank you.”
– Vicki Smith, Kayaking Tour Guide

“Thank you for sharing your unique brand of art with the world. Goodness knows we need the spiritual uplift that your paintings spark! How can one resist such transcendent beauty?”
-Blesilda Carmona, Author and Poet

“Stunning work in every medium!”
– Jake Berry

"You are definitely inspired and I can feel your emotions just by looking at your art. I particularly fancy the paintings because I love paint and yours are very expressive. They are exquisite.
Denise Sils, Artist

"I love your work. Amazing stuff!"
-Wendy Abraham, Author of Chinese for Dummies