Liz Tran

Liz Tran (  is an artist primarily focused on painting and installation art. A graduate in Print Art and Painting from Cornish College of the Arts, she exhibits both nationally and internationally.

Public collections of Tran’s work include the City of Seattle's Portable Works Collection, Baer Art Center, Camac Art Centre, The El Paso Children’s Hospital, Harborview Medical Center, The King County Public Art Collection and The Child Center. She has been awarded multiple fellowships and grants; including a Grant for Artist Projects (GAP) from Artist Trust, Clowes Fellowship for residency at the Vermont Studio Center, the Nellie Cornish Scholarship and residency at The Camac Art Centre in France, The Baer Art Center in Iceland, Jentel, Millay Colony for the Arts and The Center for Contemporary Printmaking. She resides in Seattle, WA.



What drives your artistic practice? What gets you into the studio?

Anything and everything! As cheesy as it may sound, the desire to create, to translate both my internal space and external surroundings into my own visual language, has been with me for as long as I can remember. The issue isn’t getting into the studio, it’s getting out of the studio. Even “vacations” are treated as opportunities for new installations and inspirations.

How did you choose your medium? What medium are you currently working in? Has this changed?

First came drawing, then oil painting, printmaking and eventually a form of mixed media painting involving a mash-up of sumi paper, beeswax, inks, enamels, glitter, acrylic… basically anything I can get my hands on. I’m a huge materials nerd. Currently, I rotate between two-dimensional work and sculpture, ceramics, video, installation and photography. Recently, performance art has been sneaking in, albeit in a quiet and private manner. The majority of what I exhibit falls under the category of painting and installation art.

Who are your creative heroes? and why?

Just about any artist who has made a career out of doing what they love. It isn’t easy.

If you could own a work of art by any living artist, what would it be (or whose)?

If I owned one of Yayoi Kusama’s infinity rooms, I’d most likely never leave.

Describe a single habit/behavior/action/work ethic that you strongly believe contributes to your success.

Being a workaholic, although it’s a blessing and a curse. And coffee.

What is one question you want to be asked about your work?

How long did that take to make? Just kidding! I absolutely hate that question. I’d prefer a variety of questions rather than the small handful of questions that are typically asked. I enjoy sharing the stories behind the work, so questions that go beyond the surface are the ones I prefer.

Solo exhibitions:

  • 2016 Magic Portal (a collaboration with Beth Gahan) PUNCH Gallery, (Seattle) WA
  • 2015 On the Fence, a public art piece, (Edmonds) WA
  • 2015 Regeneration, SPACE Gallery, (Seattle) WA
  • 2014 New Work, TASTE @ The Seattle Art Museum, SAM Gallery, (Seattle) WA
  • 2014 Endless Wave, Storefronts Seattle, (Seattle) WA

Group exhibitions:

  • 2016 Bling it On! Center on Contemporary Art, (Seattle) WA
  • 2015 BUFF, SIM Gallery, (Reykjavik) Iceland
  • 2014 Inflorescence, Kirkland Art Center, (Kirkland) WA
  • 2014 10 x 10 x 10, (Tieton) WA
  • 2014 Los Angeles Art Show, (Los Angeles) CA

Permanent collections:

  • Capitol One (Seattle) WA
  • Samband íslenskra myndlistarmanna (Reykjavik) ICELAND
  • Multnomah County Portable Works Collection (Portland) OR
  • Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works Collection (Seattle) WA
  • King County Public Art Collection (Seattle) WA