Mark Grotjahn, ‘Untitled (Blonde MG43.68)’, 2012, Phillips

Signature: signed "GROTJAHN" upper edge; further dated "12" lower right

Aspen, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen Art Museum Preview Crush, August 2012

The Artist
Aspen Art Museum, ArtCrush, August 2012
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Mark Grotjahn

Painter and draftsman Mark Grotjahn is known for his ongoing investigation of perspective. In the "Butterfly" paintings starting in 1997, he uses dual and multiple vanishing points to create complex compositions of radiant, tonal color, alluding to such touchstones in the history of modernist painting as Russian Constructivism, Op Art, and Barnett Newman's "zips." Alongside perspective, he has pursued ideas like color restriction, seriality, and the sublime. In his more recent "Face" series, roughly painted on cardboard mounted to canvas, Grotjahn retains his radiant motif but replaces geometric rigor with ritualistic, totemic energy.

American, b. 1968, Pasadena, California, based in Los Angeles, California