A German contemporary artist, Markus Linnenbrink creates paintings that are described as both performative and extreme. His decadently colorful drip paintings and striped room-size environments evoke the stripe paintings of Morris Louis and Gene Davis.
Born in 1961 in Dortmund, Germany, Linnenbrink currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA. After finalizing his studies 1988 at the Academy of Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany, he started his artistic career by showing in several galleries and institutions in Germany and then globally. His work is part of important institutional and private collections like ERGO Düsseldorf, Germany, Justiz Vollzugsanstalt Düsseldorf, Germany (wall painting), Ministry of Culture, The Hague, The Netherlands, Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul, Turkey, San José Museum of Art, San José, California, USA or Collection Mark Giambrone, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Color and process are Linnenbrink’s primary concerns. In his works, the artist incorporates wobbly vertical stripes and dots of bright, glossy color. Pouring and pooling resin with cumulative layers of opaque and translucent pigments, he builds the dramatic physicality of his objects. His earlier works relied on the interplay between liquidity and gravitational pull, while later surface derivations were created with mechanical assistance.
Featured image: Markus Linnenbrink - NEONEYEDDAD, 2019 (detail). Epoxy resin and pigments on wood. 72 × 72 in. 182.9 × 182.9 cm. Photo courtesy Miles McEnery Gallery