Betty Merken | Persuasive Geometry | March 2020 | Russo Lee Gallery | Portland Oregon | Installation view 01

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Betty Merken | Persuasive Geometry | March 2020 | Russo Lee Gallery | Portland Oregon | Installation view 02

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Betty Merken | Persuasive Geometry | March 2020 | Russo Lee Gallery | Portland Oregon | Installation view 03

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Betty Merken | Persuasive Geometry | March 2020 | Russo Lee Gallery | Portland Oregon | Installation view 04

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Betty Merken | Persuasive Geometry | March 2020 | Russo Lee Gallery | Portland Oregon | Installation view 05

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Betty Merken | Persuasive Geometry | March 2020 | Russo Lee Gallery | Portland Oregon | Installation view 06

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Betty Merken | Persuasive Geometry | March 2020 | Russo Lee Gallery | Portland Oregon | Installation view 07

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Betty Merken - Curtain Call

Curtain Call

2020

oil on canvas

60 x 76 inches

Betty Merken - The Arrangement

The Arrangement

2020

oil on canvas

55 x 68 inches

Betty Merken - Bits of Blue for Richard

Bits of Blue for Richard

2019

oil on canvas

60 x 52 inches

Betty Merken - Shifting Perspective

Shifting Perspective

2020

oil on canvas

56.5 x 49.5 inches

Betty Merken - After Image

After Image

2020

oil on canvas

56.5 x 49.5 inches

Betty Merken - Belly Dancer

Belly Dancer

2020

oil on canvas

56.5 x 49.5 inches

Betty Merken - Bauhaus Quadrant

Bauhaus Quadrant

2019

oil on canvas

40 x 32 inches

Betty Merken - Life Unfolds

Life Unfolds

2019

oil on canvas

20 x 40 inches

Betty Merken - Shadow Series I

Shadow Series I

2020

anodized aluminum and hand printed paper

18.5 x 7 x 7 inches

Betty Merken - Shadow Series II

Shadow Series II

2020

anodized aluminum and hand printed paper

17 x 11 x 11 inches

Betty Merken - Shadow Series III

Shadow Series III

2020

anodized aluminum and hand printed paper

12 x 7 x 7 inches

Betty Merken - Le Colle III #08-19-08

Le Colle III #08-19-08

2019

photo silkscreen, monotype, and found papers

34 x 26 inches framed

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Betty Merken - Le Colle #09-19-19

Le Colle #09-19-19

2019

monotype and hand painted paper

21 x 21 inches framed

Betty Merken - Le Colle #09-19-04

Le Colle #09-19-04

2019

monotype, hand painted, and found papers

21 x 21 inches framed

Betty Merken - Le Colle #09-19-20

Le Colle #09-19-20

2019

monotype and hand painted papers

21 x 21 inches framed

Betty Merken - Le Colle #09-19-21

Le Colle #09-19-21

2019

monotype and hand painted papers

21 x 21 inches framed

Betty Merken - Studio Musings

Studio Musings

2020

graphite, monotype, painted paper, and digital print

34 x 26 inches framed

Press Release

Also in March, the gallery will be exhibiting the work by artist Betty Merken in Persuasive Geometry. In this new body of work, Merken continues to explore her signature minimalist vision, presenting paintings with unexpected color combinations and geometric shapes. Merken is an experienced architectural colorist and color consultant, which is evident in her artwork. Gradients are interrupted with parallel lines, triangles, and rectangles, exposing the angles of parallelograms with obtuse and acute triangles. In an article with Pacific NW Magazine for The Seattle Times, Merken shares her relationship to color and architecture, “I’ve always felt as a painter that color is material. What painters and architects share are color, form, space, shape. Through history, architects and artists work together. As a painter, color theory comes out of painting, so it’s applicable to architecture and design.”

Betty Merken lives and works in Seattle, Washington. She is a painter and printmaker whose abstract geometric monotypes and paintings recall the early Modernist works of Piet Mondrian and the work of American artists such as Barnett Newman, Ad Reinhardt, and Mark Rothko, often echoing freedoms of painterly gesture pioneered by the Abstract Expressionists. Her work can be found in several galleries and in numerous private and public collections in the United States, Asia, and Europe, and in the permanent collections of several major museums, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon. Merken has been honored with fellowships from the BAU Institute and the Northwest Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in Italy, and in 2017 was selected for the Pinea-Linea de Costa Artist In Residence program in Cadiz, Spain.