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Markus Pierson    more about the artist
space Markus Pierson was born in 1961 and raised in the small farming town of Grand Ledge, Michigan, where his father owned a popular restaurant. A self-proclaimed reckless “racer”, Markus was the youngest and most challenging of the four Pierson children.

While a student, an encouraging art teacher swung wide the door to Markus’ talent and profoundly moved him. However, the Grand Ledge art scene was somewhat lacking, leading Markus to take on a number of odd jobs before accidentally stumbling upon accounting as a means to making a living. After a near-fatal bout with Crohn’s Disease in early 1985, he declared that the accountant was “dead” and in his place was a man pursuing his dream of becoming a successful artist.

The Coyote Series was born in June of 1986, after Markus heard the Joni Mitchell song, “Coyote.” He loved it, played it often and memorized the words. The focus of the song, a guy referred to as “Coyote,” is a reckless, footloose Casanova type fellow – Pierson aspired to be the carefree romancer described in those lyrics. Then he did something he’d never done before or since: Markus made a drawing of a song.
Markus Pierson - Tin Cup
"Tin Cup"

Markus Pierson - Know Limit
"Know Limit"

Markus Pierson - Salvador Dali  "Art History Suite"
"Salvador Dali "Art History Suite""

Markus Pierson - O'Keefe "Art History Suite"
"O'Keefe "Art History Suite""

Markus Pierson - Generous of Spirit
"Generous of Spirit"

Markus Pierson - Willy Billy
"Willy Billy"

Markus Pierson - Sweet Intoxication
"Sweet Intoxication"

Markus Pierson - The Village Idiot
"The Village Idiot"

Markus Pierson - Rene Magritte "Art History Suite"
"Rene Magritte "Art History Suite""

Markus Pierson - The Picador - Homage to Botero 2004
"The Picador - Homage to Botero 2004"

Markus Pierson - Wheels of Life
"Wheels of Life"

Markus Pierson - The Denial
"The Denial"


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