Liz Markus paints cool things she is interested in, often working on multiple, related series simultaneously. Her work is informed by her experience growing up as Gen X and influenced by the rawness of punk and grunge music and culture.
Her process is intuitive but often inspired by continuing points of interest including hippies, dinosaurs, and socialites. She is interested in psychological repression versus liberation and as she believes the non-verbal mind makes the best paintings, sees her task as allowing the subconscious to guide her work as much as possible.
Markus uses bold and colorful washes of acrylic paint usually on unprimed canvas. Her technique and thoughts about art evolved from hanging out at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery while growing up in Buffalo NY and absorbing the work of the Abstract Expressionists, Stain Painters, and Pop Artists soprominent in their collection.
Liz Markus (b.1967, Buffalo, NY) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Markus earned her MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 1997, and herBFA at School of Visual Arts in New York in 1989.
Liz Markus has mounted solo exhibitions internationally at Loyal Gallery(Stockholm), The Pit (Los Angeles), Maruani Mercier (Brussels), Unit (London),Nathalie Karg (New York), and White Columns (New York). Group museum exhibitions include “A New Subjectivity” curated by Jason Stopa with KatherineBernhardt, Kathy Bradford, Rose Wiley, and Jackie Gendel at Pratt ManhattanGallery in New York, Fine Arts Center Gallery at University of Arkansas, and TheReece Museum at East Tennessee State University, and “Domestic Seen”, agroup exhibition curated by Bruce Hartman at the Nerman Museum ofContemporary Art in Kansas City.