Liz Markus, ‘Babe Paley 3’, 2014, Joyce Varvatos

About Liz Markus

There is an element of chance in Liz Markus’s painting practice, in which she applies acrylic wash to unprimed canvas; because the painted surface spreads as it dries, Markus cannot predict how her work will ultimately look. The result is a distinctively hazy and atmospheric blend of colors, which abstractly depict the imagery Markus appropriates from American history and culture. In 2009, she exhibited a suite of paintings interpreting Nancy Reagan’s role in her husband’s administration. Other subjects have included hippies from the Vietnam War era, and figures from the counter-cultures of the 1980s, including Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Johnny Rotten, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. More recently in 2012, Markus has begun to focus on landscape, with a series of works inspired by Frederic Church’s 19th-century landscapes and the Florida Highwaymen, a group of 26 self-taught African American landscape painters.

American, b. 1967, Buffalo, New York, based in New York, New York