Dynamic, Outrageous, Sensational. describe the work of Markus Pierson. His series of coyote images portray a romantic, carefree life that alludes and allures the viewer. Though his images are decidedly light-hearted, there is a seriousness about his work that goes beyond the up-front humor. “It is a difficult task to do art that is witty and have it be considered valid, but I am determined,” says the artist.
Pierson was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1961. He began drawing at the age of four and even then, humor dominated his artwork. While studying fine arts, he majored in printmaking and soon began showing at local galleries. It was his work as a photo realist for a billboard company that most influenced his style today. Pierson began the coyote series in June of 1986 after the break-up of a romance. “She left me for a more dangerous sort of fellow. Ah, nice guys finish last.” He says. “Anyway, I decided to do a drawing depicting that situation using coyotes and the series was born.” The response to his work has been tremendous. It is exhibited in galleries worldwide. Filled with character to the last detail, every piece is different and tells its own story. Much like the artist, the art is witty, but it also has a reflective and sincere quality about it. “I believe in what I do and I put my heart into it. That is all you can ask for from an artist.”