Like most of us, Mark Green begins at home and finds his way. His paintings of homes and houses shift between nostalgia and evocative strangeness, the result of beginning works with a clear intention but an intention that changes and responds to the painting as it is created. These paintings dance and flicker through his process as he seems to be patiently chasing fast and fleeting memories and following new realities as associations arise.
Green says of his work,
With very few exceptions, the paintings are done mostly from invention. I start with drawings to fill my head with rough shapes and forms, while playing with composition....Then I may or may not proceed to a value study in charcoal.... Many times, I will begin a painting from a study and eventually alter it in the process of painting until it barely resembles the original study.
I work in oil on board and canvas or oil on board with a cold encaustic technique. I like to experiment with a variety of house type, light, atmosphere and color. I am influenced by both my father (who was trained as an architect) and the 7 years I spent living with my French ex-wife and son in Paris. For those two primary reasons, I generously borrow from both American and French architecture.
Through his atmospheric and formal use of color combined with his selective use of focus and drawing, Green's paintings are exquisite images with a universal subject and beautiful materials. For all his virtuosity, the works vitality stems from the artist's discovery of formal narratives yielding images where mood, color, and atmosphere emerge from his initially chosen imagery. In their flirtation with recognition and the unexpected, his works are both natural and surreal.
Mark Green received his BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and his MFA from the University of Delaware. He currently lives in Tarrytown, NY where he is on the faculty of the Hackley School. Green has shown his paintings regionally, on the West Coast, and in Europe. This will be his first solo exhibition with Gross McCleaf.