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Marlin Peterson (Renton) has been engaged in all styles of graphic imagery since he was very young. From cartooning to science illustration he is also fluent in all manners of media, both traditional and digital. He is at home illustrating the unseen sagas of the world of insects and arachnids, prehistoric mammals, and caricatures of people. Marlin has painted several large-scale murals throughout the Puget Sound area.
Marlin used 2011 GAP funding to paint a large public mural in Seattle that is both staggering to the viewer for its size and subject, and amusingly perplexing for its “trompe l’oeil” realism. The majority of the cost was for the rental of a boom lift to reach high onto the wall, allowing the mural to be completed fast, and giving it the great size and scope that makes it a landmark and an icon.
A video of the creation of Peterson’s massive spider mural under the Space Needle is now available, also supported in part by Artist Trust’s Grants for Artist Projects.
Nocturnal Heads, ink on scratchboard, 20"x24", 2008.
girl transfixed on slug Tacoma mural, latex paint, 40 ft x 24 ft, 2010.
crab mouthparts study, acrylic, 24"x48", 2011.
Harvestmen, paint, Seattle Center Armory roof, 100ft long, 2012.