Betty Merken | Persuasive Geometry | March 2020 | Russo Lee Gallery | Portland Oregon | Installation view 01
Betty Merken | Persuasive Geometry | March 2020 | Russo Lee Gallery | Portland Oregon | Installation view 02
Betty Merken | Persuasive Geometry | March 2020 | Russo Lee Gallery | Portland Oregon | Installation view 03
Betty Merken | Persuasive Geometry | March 2020 | Russo Lee Gallery | Portland Oregon | Installation view 04
Betty Merken | Persuasive Geometry | March 2020 | Russo Lee Gallery | Portland Oregon | Installation view 05
Betty Merken | Persuasive Geometry | March 2020 | Russo Lee Gallery | Portland Oregon | Installation view 06
Betty Merken | Persuasive Geometry | March 2020 | Russo Lee Gallery | Portland Oregon | Installation view 07
Betty Merken - Curtain Call
Betty Merken - The Arrangement
Betty Merken - Bits of Blue for Richard
Betty Merken - Shifting Perspective
Betty Merken - After Image
Betty Merken - Belly Dancer
Betty Merken - Bauhaus Quadrant
Betty Merken - Life Unfolds
Betty Merken - Shadow Series I
Betty Merken - Shadow Series II
Betty Merken - Shadow Series III
Betty Merken - Le Colle III #08-19-08
Betty Merken - Le Colle #09-19-19
Betty Merken - Le Colle #09-19-04
Betty Merken - Le Colle #09-19-20
Betty Merken - Le Colle #09-19-21
Betty Merken - Studio Musings

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.