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Name Markham
Title Artist/Graphic Designer/musician/producer
City Detroit
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Markham crosses boundaries with pieces that depict provocative visualizations of topics not often attempted by mainstream artists. Markham says that while the masterful works of Dali, Davinci and H.R. Geiger fire his independent spirit, it’s soulful influence is not something that’s yet resulted in any sort of stylistic changes on canvas.  Markham’s work takes on a surrealist view of life with subject matters ranging from deranged figures depicted in dark overtones to iconic musicians portraying real-life human emotions. 

Markham’s rich musical background as a drummer and vocalist in Detroit bands enables authentic, introspective curiosity about his famous subjects. He’s recently indulged in montages of the Beatles and iconic Motown personalities. One recent original, “Didn’t Know What I Would Find There”, ( Goauche on treated paper, 9” x 12”), is a dreamy trip, with two images of a contrasting, yet pensive McCartney in a Beatles ’65-ish look juxtaposed to a Sgt. Pepper’s-era visage. The impact is startling; we get a chance to contemplate what McCartney toyed with way back then.

Markham’s wicked contradiction is that he often extracts beautiful out of ugliness and ugliness out of beautiful leaving one puzzled as to which is which in some of his more ghoulish works. Markham boasts that his childish addiction, always forcing a reaction, isn’t about to wane. In an era where Detroit remains a city on the rebound and flexes its muscle with a look at me world bravado, Markham is at the forefront, on canvas, making his own bold contribution. His personal aspirations include depicting his feelings on various forms of abuse and the media's exploitation of certain groups who lack a voice.

His exhibits in Detroit, New York, and L.A., along with his published works in multiple national publications including The Finger Mag, Propulsion Magazine, Studio Visit Magazine, and Ink and Voices have met with good acceptance. In 2018, Markham’s originals first eclipsed the $5000 per canvas mark with strictly limited giclee editions averaging about $750. Markham currently resides in Detroit.

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Primary Medium/Industry Fine Art/Fine Craft
Experience level in primary Medium/Industry Advanced
Secondary Medium/Industry Design
Experience level in secondary Medium/Industry Advanced
Tertiary Medium/Industry Sound
Experience level in tertiary Medium/Industry Advanced
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Education Macomb Community College: AFA Wayne State University: BA Eastern Michigan University: BS
Associations and Affiliations Detroit Artists's Market DiMaggio Fine Art and Jewelry Sherwood Forest Art  
Awards Authored a Motion and Brief for Summary Disposition that was used as a sample piece presented during the ABA’s Fall 2014 review of EMU’s Paralegal Program (2015) Received a State Of Michigan Special Tribute award from Representative Frank Accavitti Jr. after graduating from Wayne State University (2008) Awarded second place in the New York National Scholastic Art Awards for my submission entitled. “Macabre Playroom” [Manhattan, NY] (1995) Received an honorable mention in the New York National Scholastic Art Awards for my submission entitled, “Coffeejack” [Manhattan, NY] (1995)


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