Sullivan Giles, b. 1986


Sullivan is an artist from Seattle, WA, the daughter of glass artist Richard Marquis and artist Leslie V. McKay. 

Her 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 subcultures she relates to, feminism, body image, the reversal of the male gaze, exploration of the human psyche, momento mori and mysticism. Sullivan paints to satisfy her simultaneous need 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 was recently accepted into the New York Academy of Art, receiving an Academy Scholar Award based on the merit of her work and will be relocating to NYC this summer to pursue her MFA in Painting at the Academy. 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.

Aside from making art, Sullivan enjoys good coffee, garage sales, traveling and natural history museums.