Sullivan Giles, b. 1986
Sullivan is an artist from Seattle, Washington, born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and currently living and painting in New York, New York. She is the daughter of glass artist Richard Marquis and artist Leslie V. McKay.
Sullivan's figurative paintings are often ablaze in strange, colorful light and her muses often, intensely and intimately, meet the viewer's gaze. Her inspirations and work is varied but often reflects themes of the punk and "deviant" subcultures she relates to, feminism, the power of the female gaze and exploration of the human psyche. Sullivan's passion for painting satisfies her own personal simultaneous needs for solitude and human contact while providing a way to document and provide a time capsule of the people and experiences that influence her life, while offering a glimpse into them for others.
Sullivan is currently pursuing her MFA in painting at the New York Academy of Art and received an Academy Scholar Award based on the merit of her work. Sullivan is also a recipient of the 2017 Puget Sound Group of NW Artists Scholarship, the 2016 Northwest Watercolor Foundation’s Gold Grant Award for Northwest Artists and the 2016 Allan and Mary Kollar Scholarship.