Betty Merken

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2018

oil on canvas

50 X 56

Inventory ID: #2098





    About Betty Merken

    Betty Merken is an American painter and printmaker. Her work can be found in several galleries and numerous private and public collections in the United States, Asia, and Europe, and in the permanent collections of major museums, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (the de Young Museum and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor), the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon.

    Merken has been honored with fellowships from the Pinea-Linea de Costa Foundation, in Rota, Spain, the BAU Institute in Otranto, Italy and New York and the Civita/Northwest Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in Italy. She is the co-author, with Stefan Merken, of Wall Art, Megamurals and Supergraphics (Philadelphia: Running Press, 1987).

    ARTIST STATEMENT
    My work interfaces along a continuum of painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Color and materiality are paramount. Inspired by observations of the manner in which light affects color with its passing movement and changes I am fascinated by the power of color to evoke emotion and to encourage contemplation, allowing the viewer to become the subject of the work.

    In my daily studio practice I attempt to strike a balance between painterly guts and the pared down elegance of formalism. The inherent tension between these two elements is filled with mystery and metaphor, challenging me to create works which have a sense of inevitability about them and which reveal a sense of oneness with the viewer.

    All Works by Betty Merken

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    2018

    oil on canvas

    50 X 56

    Inventory ID: #2098

    Intervals 07-13-20

    Intervals 07-13-20

    oil monotype

    32 X 48

    Inventory ID: #3348

    Intervals 01-14-18

    Intervals 01-14-18

    oil monotype

    32 X 48

    Inventory ID: #3349

    Intervals 08-13-10

    Intervals 08-13-10

    oil monotype

    32 X 48

    Inventory ID: #3350

    Intervals VI 08-13-07

    Intervals VI 08-13-07

    oil monotype on arches papers

    30 X 22

    Inventory ID: #3351

    Intervals VI  08-13-04

    Intervals VI 08-13-04

    oil monotype on arches paper

    30 X 22

    Inventory ID: #3352

    Torque #08-09-01

    Torque #08-09-01

    2011

    Monotype

    39.5 X 54 Framed

    Inventory ID: #ABM007