Irving Marcus

Irving Marcus

    For the past 35 or so years, Marcus, has painted dark allegories populated by demons, geishas, beasts and innocents interacting uneasily. “Someone once said my work is somewhere between Chagall and Anselm Kiefer, that you’re always being whipped back and forth” between levity and “anguish,” Marcus told me. That sort of viewer response has been more or less consistent since the mid-70s when the artist began painting violent, unsettling events from news photos.

    Marcus no longer recreates photos; but he continues to mine news images for abstract shapes, fashioning them into intersecting color fields that function as grounds and multi-planar stages for nebulous (and sometime nefarious) “plots” involving humans and animals set in urban and rural landscapes.  He renders them as an outsider artist or a caricaturist would, contorting the bodies into anatomically difficult positions, and situating them in equally improbable physical spaces.  Story lines are elusive.  But there’s no mistaking the source of these paintings. They come from headlines, personal tragedy, distant memories, and, perhaps, dreams.

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