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Marks Aardsma

Marks Aardsma is a Denver based artist and has exhibited work across Colorado as well as the nation. She explores the ontology of painting—the nature of painting in and of itself, investigating the essential properties of painting such as color, line, rhythm, shadow and light. This investigation is done by subtracting from and deconstructing the canvas to reveal its original structure. The simplicity of the canvases highlight line, light, and shadow. Aardmsa defines her work as “pure and clean and raw. The space is physical, not illusory.” Marks transfers this practice to works on paper as well. Her labor-intensive technique favors the nuanced lines and patterns already existing in materials.

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Collection of Paintings

Collection of Paintings

Tony James No. 1

Truly Rural


Wood Water Rock

Wild Mustang

Welcome to the Front Range

Wall of Words

Dynamic Wall Sculpture

Ocular series

Pure and Clean and Raw

Duologue series of small paintings


Two Tall Mountains and Joggers in the Park

Tail Spin

The Rope Whisperer

The Heavy is the Root of the Light

Stone Garden

Seattle Cows

Model State: A Local Cosmology

License Plates

Laughing Escalator

I See What You Mean

Indeterminate Line

I Know You Know That I Know

Glimmer, Waggenwaybreen, and Losvik Cut

Four Floors of Murals

Forever Colliding

Don’t Hide

Doing the Denver Dance

Colorado Pioneers

Colorado Panorama: A People’s History

Boulder Creek‚ Autumn 08 #1

Big Ben

Atmosphere No. 27, 37 and 44

Ancient Colorado Paintings

1000 Prayers

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