Untitled (Surfer Hippie)
This painting is part of a series by the artist that depicts surfer hippies. These laid-back figures go with the flow, seeing the world through their classic aviator sunglasses. They remind viewers to hang loose, while also serving as excellent structures for stain paintings.
Markus uses colorful washes of acrylic on unprimed canvas, as well as distinctive mark-making, to create playful paintings that combine abstraction with figuration. The artist draws influence from her experience as a Gen Xer, including the exuberance of punk and grunge, as well as from the work of the Color Field and Pop Art painters.
Drawing from her experience as a Gen Xer, Liz Markus’ paintings channel the raw exuberance of punk and grunge. The artist uses bold, colorful washes of acrylic paint on unprimed canvas along with her distinctive mark-making to bring viewers into a world of dinosaurs, cavemen and hippies. Embracing the work of Color Field and Pop Art painters, Markus’ paintings combine figuration with abstraction in a playful world of vibrant color and submerged meaning.