Irving Marcus (1929 - )


In his distinctive paintings and drawings the human condition is illustrated with a lyrical sense of drama and a subtle irony. His figures are wildly distorted, the perspective is tilted on end, and everything is distilled into jagged planes of glorious color.

The application of color in Marcus’ oil pastels and paintings has a nervous anxiety to it, a scratchy hatching of the surface that builds tension like a fingernail on a blackboard. This uneasiness is counter-balanced by fluid compositions that ebb and flow like the best of abstract expressionism.

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Irving Marcus Unknown, 1968

Irving Marcus
Unknown, 1968
Oil on canvas
20 X 33

Irving Marcus Unknown, c. 1960

Irving Marcus
Unknown, c. 1960
28 X 21.5

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