Markus Linnenbrink


Installation view of commissioned 7 x 90 foot resin painting in the concourse lobby at 75 Rockefeller Center, New York, NY

MARKUS LINNENBRINK / WHOISGOINGTOSAVEMYSOUL / 2017 / epoxy resin on wood panel / 18 x 96 inches  (46.44 cm x 247.68 cm)

MARKUS LINNENBRINK / ISOMETIMESDOTHEDISHES / 2015 / epoxy resin on wood panel / 48 x 48 inches  (123.84 cm x 123.84 cm)

MARKUS LINNENBRINK / WEALLMADEOUTOFWATER / 2015 / epoxy resin on wood panel / 48 x 48 inches  (123.84 cm x 123.84 cm)

MARKUS LINNENBRINK WEALLMADEOUTOFWATER (detail) / 2015 / epoxy resin on wood panel / 48 x 48 inches  (123.84 cm x 123.84 cm)

MARKUS LINNENBRINKLOSTSOMEBODYMOVINGBACKWARDS 2017 / epoxy resin on wood panel / 48 x 96 inches  (123.84 cm x 247.68 cm)

MARKUS LINNENBRINKBLOODONME / 2017 / epoxy resin on wood panel / 24 x 36 inches  (61.92 cm x 92.88 cm)

MARKUS LINNENBRINKWHATSHOULDN’TIBETODAY 2017 / epoxy resin on wood panel / 18 x 96 inches  (46.44 cm x 247.68 cm)

MARKUS LINNENBRINKBABYBOYBOOGIEMAN 2017 / epoxy resin on wood panel / 36 x 36 inches  (92.88 cm x 92.88 cm)

MARKUS LINNENBRINKDAHLEMDAWNDANCE 2017 / epoxy resin on wood panel / 36 x 36 inches  (92.88 cm x 92.88 cm)

MARKUS LINNENBRINKNOTICEAMOMENTSRESOLUTION / 2015 / epoxy resin on wood panel / 72 x 60 inches (182.9 x 152.4 cm)

MARKUS LINNENBRINKWHITESUN 2017 / epoxy resin on wood panel / 12 x 12 inches  (30.96 cm x 30.96 cm)

MARKUS LINNENBRINKBLACKWATER 2017 / epoxy resin on wood panel / 12 x 12 inches  (30.96 cm x 30.96 cm)

Markus LinnenbrinkWIEMANSONNENERZEUGTUNDLICHT / 2013 / 36 x 96 inches

MARKUS LINNENBRINKBLUMENWIESENEBENAUTOBAHN 2017 / epoxy resin on wood panel / 12 x 12 inches  (30.96 cm x 30.96 cm)

MARKUS LINNENBRINK / PRIMACYISNOLONGERANISSUE / 2015 / epoxy resin on wood panel / 48 x 48 inches  (123.84 cm x 123.84 cm)

Markus Linnenbrink / KEEPYOURMOUTHSHUT / 2012 / epoxy resin on panel / 12 x 10 inches

Markus Linnenbrink / Gensler New York installation

Markus Linnenbrink/ View of  Floor One of an Eight floor, 42 foot, wall painting installation at Morrison Foerster, NY


Collaboration between Markus Linnenbrink and architect Nick Gelpi / Stools / 15 x 18 x 15 inches

Nick Gelpi is the Design Principal and Founder of GELPI Projects, a collaborative design firm in Miami Beach, Florida. He is currently an assistant professor of architecture at Florida International University. Gelpi’s work is dedicated to examining the relationships between materiality and building concepts. GELPI Projects’ cultivates a design practice that explores buildings in the city, spatial installations, furniture, material experiments and mockups, by examining architectural thinking across diverse scales.

Gelpi’s proposal The Wynwood Greenhouse was recently named first place winner in the 2014 international design competition for Wynwood Gateway Park in Miami Florida. The influential website CURBED awarded Nick Gelpi a Curbed National Young Guns Award in 2014, naming him one of the top ten young designers in the U.S., across all design fields. In 2013 he was awarded first place for Table Distortions, an eighteen foot digitally fabricated table, on view at the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach; and in 2007 he was awarded an R&D Award, by ARCHITECT Magazine for his work with Steven Holl on the Riddled Furniture series. This year Gelpi received an AIA Honor Award of Excellence from the AIA Miami chapter, for his built pavilion, titled “HOUSE PAINT,” a design collaboration with German artist Markus Linnenbrink.

Born in New Orleans in 1979, Nick Gelpi received his Bachelor’s of Architecture degree from Tulane University, and his Masters of Science in Advanced Architecture Design from Columbia University in 2003. Gelpi joined the offices of Steven Holl Architects in New York, where he worked from 2004-2009 as a project architect leading numerous projects including the 11.2 million square foot master-plan for the Hudson Yards in Manhattan. In 2007 Nick Gelpi along with Steven Holl were the recipients of ARCHITECT Magazine’s first R&D Award for their innovative application of Laminate Wood as a series of commercially available furniture. Nick Gelpi taught architecture at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ohio State University where he held the Howard E. LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow in 2009; at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, and currently, an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Florida International University in Miami Florida.



Markus Linnenbrink / Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts permanent installation in Lobby Entrance / A time-lapse video of Markus Linnenbrink painting the installation THERIDENEVERENDS. The painting was completed over the course of seven days in June, 2014.



With his inventive mastery employing material, process and color, Markus Linnenbrink pours, pools and brushes resin paintings with cumulative layers of opaque and translucent color. Opening windows to the wood support beneath, or the various treasures held within, Linnenbrink manifests a complex interplay between fore and background. We see vertically striped paintings with an interior expressed in a water-based medium, photographs from his family archive, reflective foil, all breaking the symmetry of the poured bands of color.

Derek Conrad Murphy wrote in Art in America, “The decadent glossy finishes of Linnenbrink’s works are enticing, but his skillful layering technique and adept use of color are the real draw. The wall panels, made from layers of resin and bright pigment, could be described as austere minimalism intersecting with almost performative, process-oriented spontaneity.”… While Linnenbrink certainly looks back to formal antecedents, his unorthodox use of materials and combination of improvisation and control continues to broaden the definition of contemporary “painting.”

Linnenbrink garnered attention in the U.S. and Europe with wall paintings at the UCLA Hammer Museum, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, the Kunstmuseum in Bonn, and Haus Esters, Krefeld. Over 50 works are in public collections which include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; UCLA Hammer Museum; The Hague Ministry of Culture, the Netherlands; Museum Neue Galerie, Kassel; Museum Katharinenhof, Kranenburg; Kunsthalle Recklinghausen; Herzliya Museum of Art, Israel, and Clemens-Sels-Museum, Neuss and 75 Rockefeller Center, NY.


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Art in America
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San Francisco Chronicle
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San Francisco Bay Guardian
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