Gary Markowitz

Artist Statement
My paintings vary from ethereal abstraction  to representative - even  bold or provocative figurative work. A  body of work can take months, even years to evolve. I often work simultaneously on several different bodies of work as I reflect and explore different themes, feelings, styles and techniques. Spirituality, humanity, nature, gender are common themes I return to again and again.

Connecting to what I call ”Source”, “Oneness” is my most re-occurring theme.” Just being in the studio and painting, allowing colors to blend is inspiring.  I often start a new painting with a feeling or an emotion. Sometimes a visual impression offers a vague direction, then I surrender to the moment, open to new impressions, allow the colors to flow and bring me ‘something’  exciting or intriguing. The movement of the paint takes me and almost as if the canvas is speaking to me an image/story emerges from within or onto the canvas.

Layer by layer a story unfolds through the process, much like life taking one step a time sometimes with a direction or feeling but really not knowing what the future will bring. The mystery yet to unfold is the gift. It is an organic approach allowing the painting and story to evolve. A process that is always new and evolving.

I have exhibited my works since 1994. My works have been featured in solo expositions in Paris, France, Barcelona, Spain, Cadaqués, Spain, and my works have shared group expositions and representation in Berlin, Germany and in New York, San Francisco, Hawaii.

Gary Markowitz's work is Influenced by his many years living abroad in Spain, France and Japan as well in the Hawaiian Islands. He now lives in Colorado.

As a fine artist, Markowitz was first recognized for his techniques creating translucent and ethereal oil paintings that summoned the viewer to reflect on the passage of time and explore the illusion of time. His early work was reminiscent the ‘pure’ minimalism of Rothko and later works of William Turner. His latest works have evolved to figurative expression and are inspired by the works of Egon Schiele, Marlene Dumas, Leonor Fine, and the Fauve style of KeesVan Dongen.

"Markowitz´s elegant approach emerges from the depths, from the zone of that very fine line between the rational and the ethereal of the spiritual. The essence in each of his paintings arrives from his most authentic self. Nothing comes free, but the freedom in his works flow generously, which is demonstrated in the skilled blending of color. Within his paintings there is consistently present a sense of great hope that oozes continuously throughout the spaces."

– María José Marti, Galerista, Punto Arte, Barcelona

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