BIO

I paint like a sculptor and sculpt like a painter. My work is a series of pared-down objects made from natural and industrial materials; this frequently includes wood, metals, plaster, roofing patch, concrete and varnish – layered, assembled or carved in such a way to create diverse textures and forms. Often my work visually compels this desire to touch the surface. The process of addition and subtraction is used to build both paintings and sculpture. The structures have a rawness emphasizing the human hand in the “making” of each piece. My personal history starting from working class rural roots, to the Vietnam war, to my career in the Juvenile Justice System working toward reform has made these lasting impressions. What I learned from these experiences is humility and respect, which I attempt to demonstrate collectively in my work.

 

Resume

 

Steven Markussen

3755 NE 170th Place Lake Forest Park WA 98155 > 206.914.0029

steven.markussen@gmail.com www.stevenmarkussen.com

 

Education:

1985 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle WA

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2015 “Veteran,” Northwest Music Hall, Everett WA
2015 “Veteran,” M. Rosetta hunter Gallery, Seattle Central Community College, Seattle WA
2014 “New Work,” Neptune Coffee, Seattle WA
2013 “New Work,” Zeitgeist Coffee, Seattle WA
2011 “New Work,” Zeitgeist Coffee, Seattle WA

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2018 Juried Exhibit, Bemis Arts Spring Art Show, Seattle WA
2017 Juried Exhibit, Artist Trust Auction, Seattle WA
2015 Juried Exhibit, Artist Trust Auction, Seattle WA
2014 Juried Exhibit, Artist Trust Auction, Seattle WA

 

Public Art Projects:

2018 Heaven and Earth X, Carkeek Park, Seattle WA
2018 King County Superior Court, Seattle WA
2016 Office of Arts and Culture |Seattle – Arts|, Seattle Center Art Walk, Seattle WA
2015 Office of Arts and Culture |Seattle – Arts|, Public Art Boot Camp, Seattle WA

 

Grants:

2017 Artist Trust, Grants for Artist Projects, Washington State
2014 4Culture Art Projects: Individual Awards, King County WA

 

Other:

2017 Office of Arts and Culture Public Artist Rooster, Seattle WA