Photograph of Artist MARLENE STRUSS
MARLENE STRUSS
Santa Barbara, California - United States



Original Artworks (11)

Marlene Struss; Rush To The Center Of Attentio, 2018, Original Painting Acrylic, 36 x 36 inches. Artwork description: 241 The ominous and many layered Rush to the Center of Attention portrays whirlwind, a yellow tornado in the wild scooping up all and sending life through to another reality. ...
Marlene Struss
Original Acrylic Painting, 2018
36 x 36 inches (91.4 x 91.4 cm)
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Marlene Struss; Puzzle Pieces Lost Their Place, 2018, Original Painting Acrylic, 36 x 40 inches. Artwork description: 241 In Puzzle Pieces Lost Their Places graceful almost floating red land masses seem to be moved along by ice floes and a cold wind.  In the metaphysical, it s life moved by hardship but gracefully. ...
Marlene Struss
Original Acrylic Painting, 2018
36 x 40 inches (91.4 x 101.6 cm)
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Marlene Struss; Painted Cave, 2018, Original Painting Acrylic, 24 x 24 inches. Artwork description: 241 Walls of mud held up by transparent roots give a glimpse inside a secret place. ...
Marlene Struss
Original Acrylic Painting, 2018
24 x 24 inches (61.0 x 61.0 cm)
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Marlene Struss; Tears Of Gratitude, 2018, Original Painting Acrylic, 40 x 44 inches. Artwork description: 241 A Four- Corners type receding landscape with slanted rain and rising steam in the late afternoon sunlight brings poignant and grateful thoughts. ...
Marlene Struss
Original Acrylic Painting, 2018
40 x 44 inches (101.6 x 111.8 cm)
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Marlene Struss; Battle Taking Shape, 2017, Original Painting Acrylic, 36 x 40 inches. Artwork description: 241 The well- balanced red and blue of Battle Taking Shape can symbolize the competing roles of males and females, the battle of the sexes, or liberals and conservatives.  One can see surprise attacks, sweat, tears, growth and breakdown. ...
Marlene Struss
Original Acrylic Painting, 2017
36 x 40 inches (91.4 x 101.6 cm)
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Marlene Struss; Elusive Fantasy, 2018, Original Painting Acrylic, 40 x 44 inches. Artwork description: 241 A soft rainbow of pastels with portals into a rich underpainting suggest a mystical or passionate search. ...
Marlene Struss
Original Acrylic Painting, 2018
40 x 44 inches (101.6 x 111.8 cm)
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Marlene Struss; Inverse Overview, 2019, Original Painting Acrylic, 36 x 36 inches. Artwork description: 241 Colorful foliage elements on a white background suggest a snowy landscape or an imaginary decorative land.  ...
Marlene Struss
Original Acrylic Painting, 2019
36 x 36 inches (91.4 x 91.4 cm)
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Marlene Struss; Return To Dust, 2014, Original Painting Acrylic, 40 x 48 inches. Artwork description: 241 Return to dust shows a vital interactive world with overlays of barren land, an illustration of rampant activity and its consequences obvious from the long view.  ...
Marlene Struss
Original Acrylic Painting, 2014
40 x 48 inches (101.6 x 121.9 cm)
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Marlene Struss; Man Sleeping Under A Tree In H, 2017, Original Painting Acrylic, 40 x 40 inches. Artwork description: 241 The sophisticated beachy colors, field pattern, and shadows make one think or a Hawaiian shirt resting on the ground strewn with foliage and natural detritus.  The technique of impressing the paint using cloth and other materials was used extensively in the many layers of this painting.  Man ...
Marlene Struss
Original Acrylic Painting, 2017
40 x 40 inches (101.6 x 101.6 cm)
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Marlene Struss; Maelstrom Of Mystery, 2015, Original Painting Acrylic, 44 x 36 inches. Artwork description: 241 A tiny solitary human figure sits in a cave in the center of the painting contemplating the life and drama raging around his calmness.  The colors and forms are reminiscent of earth, water, dry land, weather, and birds and animals. ...
Marlene Struss
Original Acrylic Painting, 2015
44 x 36 inches (111.8 x 91.4 cm)
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Marlene Struss; Lush Landia, 2017, Original Painting Acrylic, 24 x 28 inches. Artwork description: 241 Lushlandia is the result of experimenting with layers of acrylic paint and household chemicals, including alcohol.  The resulting patterns are reminiscent of an aerial view of a lush forest or a green desert.  ...
Marlene Struss
Original Acrylic Painting, 2017
24 x 28 inches (61.0 x 71.1 cm)
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Artist Statement

DIGITAL ART

In retrospect, these images depict my desires. They seem to fly and float at the same time. They are dynamic yet uncannily calm. They are imaginative worlds of their own that bring to mind human ideals of cooperation, harmony and balance, maybe with a touch of danger. Each one is a chorus of color, a micro-macro view, an all-encompassing moment of raw sensuous beauty.

The parent image of each digital painting is a high-resolution photograph of a well-structured chromatically cohesive paper collage I call a photage. This photo morphs into a digital painting through meticulous photographic processing involving visual aesthetic experimentation, choice, recognition and restraint.

Each work of art is an authentic archival limited-edition digital painting by Marlene Struss printed by Luminare Fine Art Printing on Moab Anasazi acid-free canvas using archival pigmented inks.

ACRYLIC PAINTING

In these paintings you will be able to see how I have successfully combined and transferred many of the techniques, such as layering, masking, and overglazing, developed in the previous work and how my imagery continues to suggest complicated organic totalities, orchestrations, or symbiotic systems, with lively fluidity through staggered time, stratums of depth, and space.

For me painting is absorbing, engaging play. It is exhilarating exploration of the effects of paint of varying viscosities applied or removed with unusual tools and forces to discover colors, textures, lines, shadows and illusions that all work together. My process emulates the game of life where the future is unpredictable and the past never completely disappears. Free of preconception and depending on my inclinations, I start with a loose application of color on a supine panel. The next layer or application of color is an esthetic response to the first, and so on, until I get excited about what I see. The image comes more under my control as I thoughtfully approach the decision to stop.


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