A Sense of Place

2017

375 gouache and acrylic paintings on gessoed paper

93 x 71 inches

Merken - Slab Series Ultramarine

Slab Series, Ultramarine, Cantilevered #09-17-03

2016

365 hand deckled, inked, printed Rives BFK paper slabs, Base: anodized aluminum

19 x 14 x 14 inches

Merken - Slab Series Citron

Slab Series, Citron, Cantilevered #09-17-02

2016

365 hand deckled, inked, printed Rives BFK paper slabs, Base: anodized aluminum

19 x 14 x 14 inches

Merken - Slab Series Red

Slab Series, Red, Cantilevered

2016

280 hand deckled, inked, printed Rives BFK paper slabs, Base: anodized aluminum

13 x 9 x 9 inches

Merken - Feria I

Fiera I #08-17-01

2017

gouache and acrylic on paper

21 x 17 inches

Merken - Feria II

Fiera II #08-17-02

2017

gouache and acrylic on paper

21 x 17 inches

Merken - Feria III

Fiera III #08-17-03

2017

gouache and acrylic on paper

21 x 17 inches

Merken - Feria IV

Fiera IV #08-17-04

2017

gouache and acrylic on paper

21 x 17 inches

Merken - Feria V

Fiera V #08-17-05

2017

gouache and acrylic on paper

21 x 17 inches

Merken - Feria VI

Fiera VI #08-17-06

2017

gouache and acrylic on paper

21 x 17 inches

Merken - Feria VII

Fiera VII #08-17-07

2017

gouache and acrylic on paper

21 x 17 inches

Merken - Feria VIII

Fiera VIII #08-17-08

2017

gouache and acrylic on paper

21 x 17 inches

Merken - Feria installation

Betty Merken

Feria series I–VIII

 

Merken - Between the Lines

Between the Lines #07-17-06

2017

oil on canvas

40 x 46 inches

Merken - Split Decision

Split Decision #08-17-12

2017

oil on canvas

40 x 46 inches

Merken - Affinity

Affinity #02-17-03

2017

oil monotype on Rives BFK paper

32 x 34 inches

Merken - Merge

Merge #02-17-23

2017

oil monotype on Rives BFK paper

32 x 34 inches

Merken - Stacked Orange

Stacked, Orange #02-17-10

2017

oil monotype on Rives BFK paper

17 x 17.5 inches

Merken - Affinity

Affinity #02-17-08

2017

oil monotype on Rives BFK paper

17 x 17.5 inches

Merken - Illumination Citron

Illumination, Citron #07-16-28

2017

oil monotype on Rives BFK paper

17 x 17.5 inches

Merken - Illumination Ultramarine

Illumination, Ultramarine #02-17-27

2017

oil monotype on Rives BFK paper

17 x 17.5 inches

Press Release

In her show titled Continuum, Betty Merken continues to explore her signature color-saturated minimalist vision, presenting prints and paintings alongside sculpture. Created from hundreds of hand deckled, hand inked, and hand printed papers, Betty Merken’s innovative new sculptures intersect with her more familiar two-dimensional work. Slab Series, Citron, Cantilevered. #10-16-05, a teetering stack of hundreds of glowing yellow prints, solidifies Merken’s exploration into blurring the lines between printmaking and sculpture. Also notable is a large-scale gridded wall installation comprised of hundreds of gouache on paper paintings, which the artist created during a recent artist residency in Andalusia, Spain.

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. She is the co-author, with Stefan Merken, of Wall Art, Megamurals and Supergraphics (Philadelphia: Running Press, 1987).