Mark’s paintings exists to awaken your sense of exploration and adventure demand a new discovery. A chemistry of complexity and spontaneity, lyrical abstraction of the painter’s frenzied marks, many of which previously lay hidden, buried beneath strong layers of self-taught expression. Those truths, first obscured and then obvious, aim to engage each viewer in the image, allowing each explorer to his or her own interpretation.
Mark’s paintings are inspired by the intensely personal introspective journey of life, from the ever changing complexities of love, loss, birth and death. His latest series is entitled, Absence and Presence” pertaining to how someone or something can be physically gone, but the essence still remains. Capturing the physical mixed with spirituality on canvas. His application of paint is an extension of that thought process. Continuously building up and tearing down, layer upon layer, adding and subtracting. A visceral dance between the conscious and the unconscious until the emotion is expressed.
Mark’s paintings may be painted over four or five times with the past lying just beneath the surface of the present in each incarnation, adding to it’s overall dimension and depth. In his work he seeks to evoke a feeling rather than depict a defined image. Mark uses primarily oils, found objects, and encaustics to create thickly layered and textured canvases, with emotive bursts of color over a earth toned palette of which words, phrases and random thoughts vaguely reveal their message.
Mark was born in 1969 in Detriot Michigan, self taught painter, his works can be seen in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States and the world.
Exhibitions and Collections
2010 In Art Santa Fe Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico Mw Galleries, Aspen, CO Gallery 9, Outside the Abstract, Culver City, CA The Art Of Elysium, Pieces of Heaven,, Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Art Association. Annual Benefit Auction, W.Hollywood, CA Los Angeles Art Association, GEM Group Show, W. Hollywood, CA The Affordable Art Fair, New York City Fall 2010, NY, NY Pipeline For A Cure, San Diego, CA 2009 Left Coast Galleries, “Solo Show” Bulls & Matadors, Studio City, CA Pharmaka “ The Man Show” “Two Person Show” Los Angeles, CA The Whole 9 Gallery, Fearless Leaders, Culver City, CA Left Coast Gallery, Bronze and Brushstrokes, Studio City, CA MW Galleries, Aspen, CO 2008 Pharmaka, “Marks on Paper”, Los Angeles, CA Dale Youngman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Left Coast Galleries, Studio City, CA Museum Works Gallery Aspen, CO Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City, CA Industry Color ” Young L.A.” Culver City, CA New Mark Gallery, New York, NY
2007 Museum Work Gallery, Aspen, CO Lawrence Asher Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City, CA Bert Green, Los Angeles, CA Red Dot Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Pharmaka Gallery “L.A Ethos,” Los Angeles, CA Ambrogi/ Castanier Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA 2006 Lurie Gallery, Studio City, CA Micheal Josephs Gallery, Wilton Manors, Fl 2005 Lurie Gallery, Studio City, CA Studio Blue Promotions, Brentwood, CA 2004 Melrose lightspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Lurie Gallery, Los Angeles, CA New York International Art Expo, New York , NY Art Miami, Miami, FL Artfront Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Track 16 Gallery, Hollywood Bowl/Frank Geary, Sphere Project Create Fixate, Los Angeles, CA 2003 Guardian Gallery, Los Angles, CA Art Coalition, Los Angeles, CA Chaz Dean Studio, Hollywood, CA Selected Private and Corporate Collections Michael and Juantia Jordan, Chicago, IL Tom Beiry, VP Warner Bros Promotions, Los Angeles, CA Jack Permeter, Vice President, CBS Promotions, Los Angeles, CA Raytheon Corperation, Los Angels, CA Tom Shadyac, Universal Studios, Studio City, CA Claire Forlani, Los Angeles, CA Lavar Burton, Los Angeles, CA Thomas Bähler, Los Angeles, CA Chaz Dean, Hollywood, CA Steven Zeller, Brentwood, CA American Heart Association, Los Angeles, CA Hollyrod Foundation, Beverly Hills, CA Mark Kohn, Detriot, MI Jeff Franklyn, Los Angeles, CA Stuart Beattie, CAlabasis, CA Russell Bearney, Brentwood, CA Francine Maisler, Beverly Hills, CA The Art of Elysium Jessica Needleman, Los Angeles, CA Eduardo Renta Los Angeles, CA Keith Pressman, Los Angeles, CA