Liz Markus

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 dinosaurs, hippies, cavemen, socialites, witches, monsters, and fashion. 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 so prominent in their collection.

Markus lives and works in Los Angeles. She had solo exhibitions at Maruani Mercier (Brussels, Belgium), Nathalie Karg (New York, NY), ZieherSmith (New York, NY), White Columns (New York, NY), Loyal Gallery (Stockholm), and other notable galleries. Her work was recently included in the exhibition A New Subjectivity (2017) at the Reece Museum (Johnson City, Tennesse) and Domestic Seen (2016) at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Overland Park, KS). You can read more about her in Hyperallergic, Vogue, ArtForum, and other publications. After attending prep school in Buffalo (NY), Markus earned her BFA at School of Visual Arts (New York, NY) and her MFA from the Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia, PA).