21 Under 31 | Ian Marion


ART EDUCATION: Bachelor of fine arts in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. Master of fine arts from the New York Academy of Art.

STYLE: Realism.

Coming Storm, oil, 47 x 64.

INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WINNING PAINTING: COMING STORM was very much inspired by the fragmented memories of my travels across the country. The Hudson River School painters and the luminist painters serve as a constant source of inspiration.


BEST ADVICE RECEIVED: Paint what you know, not just what you see.

CREATIVE SPARK: The overwhelming scale and intensity of our natural environment and my desire to capture on canvas impressions of natural beauty, particularly through the depiction of light.

ONE THING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU: I ran the soccer program at RISD while 
I was a student there.

BIGGEST FEAR: Reaching the limits of my talents.

PET PEEVE: My roommates putting their groceries on my refrigerator shelf.

PRICE RANGE: $750 to $11,000.

REPRESENTATION: Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY; www.ianmarion.com.

Featured in September 2011.