March Avery


March Avery Cavanaugh (b. 1932) is the daughter of famous and influential American painter Milton Avery (1893-1965) and American artist Sally Michel (1902-2003). Inspired by their example, Avery grew up painting with her family and developed a distinct style, one that uses abstract forms and brilliant color to depict the scenes of everyday life.

One of the characteristics of Avery’s work is its directness. In large-canvas landscapes, such as Brittany Coast, Winter Lake and Nemea, the artist emphasizes large areas simplified both in color and in form, but also uses gestural strokes to add subtle detail.

Avery grew up in New York around her parents’ artist friends, such as Mark Rothko, Adolf Gottlieb, Barnett Newman and Marsden Hartley. She spent her summers in the country, which has had a clear influence on her work.

Avery married Philip Cavanaugh in 1952 and graduated from Barnard College in 1954 with a degree in philosophy. Avery’s son, Sean (b. 1969), is also a painter.

Avery, who is based in New York, has been exhibited at museums and galleries around the country, including The Chrysler Museum, Vanderbilt University, Bryn Mawr College, the Brooklyn Museum, the Newark Museum, the New Britain Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.