Brice Marden


American: 1938 –

Artist Brice MardenBrice Marden was born in 1938 in New York.  His family was one that appreciated the arts and they nurtured that him as he grew up.  Marden studied art at Boston University and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale.  He moved to New York and set up his studio in 1963 to begin his career as an artist.  In his early days, Marden worked at the Jewish Museum and as a studio assistant to Robert Rauschenberg.  Within 10 years, his art began to draw international attention with his monochromatic oil and beeswax paintings.

In 1966, Brice Marden had his first solo show in New York at the Bykert Gallery. He later traveled to Paris and was exposed to artist such as Alberto Giacometti and Jean Fautrier.   His early work included single paneled works as well as diptychs and triptychs.  These works used single colors often in grays or muted earth tones.  By 1975, his work was exhibited at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in his first retrospective.

Trips to Rome, Pompeii, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Indiain the late 1970s and early 1980s renewed his interest in architecture and landscapes from different cultures.  This would influence his art in following decades.   Brice Marden’s style evolved in the 1980s with a departure from his minimalist style to include ribbons of color falling and elements of Asian traditions.

Brice Marden has work in numerous museum collections and important private collections around the world.  He lives and works today in one of his five homes.   Critic Peter Schjeldahl described Marden as “the most profound abstract painter of the past four decades”.