Grace Markman

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Two Orange Cars, 16" x 14", oil on linen
Blue Capsule, 11" x 8.5", watercolor on blue paper
In Transit, 16" x 14", oil on linen
Pink Plane, 16" x 14", oil on linen
Launch, 16" x 14", oil on linen
Artist's Statement

I am painting the body as vehicle, simple forms with wheels or wings. These forms often appear inflated as with inhaled breath. The background encases them in a floating ungrounded space. These car, train, rocket and plane-like forms imply movement yet their energy is still, reflective and contemplative. They are single, twinned or shadowed, traveling someway somewhere.
Oil paint and the movement of brushstrokes play an active role in the development of my imagery and composition. Forms move through the paint and are transformed by the process. I use sandpaper to erase, building up layers of color that contribute to the final form. It is both an additive and subtractive process that takes many months. I draw using watercolor to discover new imagery. My work is often with forms recurring and reconfigured in new work. Color is vital for me; I visualize color as specific form. My paintings utilize large shapes in a small-scale format.


I was born in Paterson, NJ. My B.A. in Studio Art is from Fordham University and I have an M.F.A. in Painting from Bard College. My home and studio are in Brooklyn.
I have exhibited my paintings and drawings for over twenty-five years in numerous shows both upstate and in NYC. My first solo show was in 1987 at Rensselear County Council for the Arts in Troy, NY. I have exhibited in group shows at the University Art Gallery (Albany, NY), the Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield, MA) the Rotunda Gallery (Brooklyn, NY) and The Drawing Center (NYC). I have been awarded artist residencies at Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center and Byrdcliffe. My drawings were included in TIMELESS: The Art of Drawing (The Morris Museum, 2008) and in WINTER SELECTIONS (The Drawing Center, 2001). I had my first one-person show in New York City, SQUIRM, in 2003, at Holland Tunnel. My second solo show there, RAINBOW TWIST, was in 2005.