Liz Markus

My tutor suggested I research Liz Markus, a contemporary artist.

Liz Markus lives and works in Los Angeles. She earned her BFA (BA fine arts) from the School of Visual Arts in New York and her MFA (MA fine arts) from the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia.

Her work is influenced by punk music and grunge culture and she paints intuitively, inspired by her areas of interest, including dinosaurs, witches, hippies and monsters.

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KDHampton (2012) Screen-Shot-2012-06-13-at-10.10.31-PM [Photograph] at: http://www.kdhamptons.com/kdhamptons-special-invitation-celebrate-opening-night-of-liz-markus-new-gallery-show-11/ (Accessed 18/04/2021)
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Liz Markus (2020) I Need An Easy Friend at https://www.artsy.net/artwork/liz-markus-i-need-an-easy-friend at: https://www.artsy.net/artwork/liz-markus-i-need-an-easy-friend (accessed 18/04/2021)

She is interested in liberation vs psychological repression. She believes the best paintings come from the non-verbal mind. She allows the subconscious to guide her work.

She works on an unprimed canvas with washes of acrylic paint. She cannot predict how her work will look.

In 2009, she exhibited paintings related to the Role of Nancy Reagan.

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Liz Markus (2015) Nancy II at: https://www.artsy.net/artwork/liz-markus-i-need-an-easy-friend (accessed 18/04/2021)
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Liz Markus (2020) Kermit I at: https://www.artsy.net/artwork/liz-markus-kermit-1 (Accessed 18/04/2021)
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Liz Markus (2020) Oh, Come On! at: https://unitlondon.com/content/feature/1098/detail/artworks8945/ (Accessed 18/04/2021)

I love the idea of being guided by the subconscious mind, and Liz Markus’ paintings definitely have a freedom to them, and a childlike quality. I love the big washes of colour and the fact she works large. You can see her childhood and youth experiences reflected, yet some of her works reflect ‘mature’ themes, such as the Nancy Reagan works.

Her art is fun, rather than serious, and helps the observer to connect with their inner child.

I think contemplating her art, and learning more about her style, will encourage me to look within and connect with my subconscious, and perhaps consider bringing in an element of playfulness.

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