For Marcus Cain, painting is an act of slow resistance to a hyperactive world. Cain constructs images for the narrow delay between sight and perception, where color and texture are in the service of gestures that alternately serve as subject and verb. Cain’s paintings represent a visual conversation between fragmentation, compression, and alignment within a shallow space of illusion. His intent is keep the viewer’s eye in a constant mode of vibration — to induce a semi-meditative state and the synthetic experience of a feeling gaze upon tactile paintings.
Cain obtained a B.F.A in painting and printmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, MO, where he currently resides and works. Formerly the Director of Alumni Relations and Development and his alma mater, he now spends his time outside of painting as the Manager of Operations and Communications at H&R Block Artspace at KCAI.
His resume of work and exhibitions is vast, appearing in numerous national shows around the Midwest, East and West Coasts. He has been a recipient of various renowned awards as well, including the Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Award Fellowship, Kansas City, MO. Cain is currently by multiple galleries such as Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; Joseph Nease Gallery, Duluth, MN; and George Billis Gallery, New York, NY.