Marrs Teller, Portland, Oregon Member Since June 2010 Artist Statement Marrs is a highly adaptable modern artist with a penchant for both the victories and tragedies of motorsport. His early paintings in the late 1990's were primarily commissioned work depicting fine automobiles from the personal collections of his clients. His more recent works have embraced the worlds of science fiction fantasy art, historic racing scenes and a Warhol-like enthusiasm for the dark side of the sport.
His personal interest in Formula 1 racing has inspired much of his 2007/08 work. Considering his racing series, Marrs developed a unique pop-art style that complements and perfectly captures the thrill of high speed motoring. Where appropriate, such as aluminum-bodied cars, McLaren chrome bodied F1 racers, etc., Marrs incorporates the centuries-old technique of metal leafing often used on antique furniture and religious icon paintings. This unique method creates a true metallic surface that cannot be duplicated with any form of paint. This melding of modern art and ages-old technique truly sets the artist apart from all other automotive painters.
Marrs credits his childhood affinity for science fiction cinema as the inspiration for his highly fantastic images of future worlds, exotic spacecraft and their inhabitants.
Not many painters can claim as wide and varied scope of both style and subject matter as Marrs, a truly original artist.