Artist Statement

Mark Andrew Wilson (b.1973) is a Bay Area based abstract figurative artist from upstate New York. In 2010, Wilson’s artistic practice transitioned from black-and-white digital photography into boldly colored abstract figurative painting. With his new work, Wilson exhibits a dedication to encapsulating onto canvas movement, change, and the emotionally driven landscapes of human bodies. The titles of some of his work include, “Circles of People Everywhere: a series” (2016), “Wild Ride” (2016), “having to do with Motherhood: a series” (2018), and “disassembling reality to create an emotionally driven landscape of a living body” (2019). Wilson lives with his wife and son in Lafayette, California. 

History

My education began from my mother who is a landscape painter. My first experience (and one of my earliest memories of childhood) was with a set of finger paints and three large pieces of paper on the floor. She taught me to see meaning through emotion and the environment. I found the deliberate mess I made as a child made sense upon completion so I continued to pursue my creations. I sought to understand what was in my mothers box of dirty, color encrusted tubes high on the shelf where I couldn't reach. After many years of formal training and a lot of experimenting I have found a true connection to the child I was at age 4 with finger paints. That intrigue of color, movement, risk and emotion takes hold of me now and I move with fluidity across the canvas.


EDUCATION

2005-2006 MFA (candidate) in Photography, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

1999 BA in Political Science, University at Albany, State University of New York, New York, NY


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 A Study of Abstraction: Monoprints, Joli Bijou, San Francisco, CA, USA

2011 Movement and Flow of Dance II, - Photography, Painting, Choreographed Dance Performance, Live Worms Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

2010 Movement and Flow of Dance I, Printmaking, Photography, Choreographed Dance Performance, Viracocha, San Francisco, CA, USA

2004 10,000 miles to go, Travel Photographs, Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls, NY, USA

2002-2003 Abstraction in Nature Paintings, Casey’s North Gallery, North Creek, NY, USA

2001 A Survey of Photography and Paintings, Professor Java's Cafe, Photography and paintings, Albany, NY, USA

2000 A Survey of Photography and Paintings, Mother Earth's Cafe, Albany, NY, USA


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 Group France Painters, Live Worms Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

2016 Blue Door Workshop Open Studio, Caunes Minervois, France

2016 France Painters, Live Worms Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

2015 Blue Door Workshop Open Studio, Caunes Minervois, France

2015, 2013, 2012 Annual Printmakers Spring Show, Monoprints, City College of San Francisco at Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA, USA

2010-2011 I Love People: Street Photography from San Francisco, Photographs, San Francisco Studio School, San Francisco, CA, USA

2010 Annual Printmakers Spring Show, Linocuts, City College of San Francisco at Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA, USA

2007-2008 Divisadero Show, Dance Photography Images, San Francisco, CA, USA

2004 Taking the Shot, Photography Show, SUNY Adirondack, Queensbury, NY, USA

1999 Conceptual Art Site Specific Performance, Shellburn Art Museum, Shellburn, VT, USA

1999 Conceptual Painting and Performance, Performance/Installation Piece, University at Albany, NY, USA

1996 Black Velvet Sculpture, Art Auction for Double H Ranch, Lake George Arts Project, Lake George, NY, USA


COLLABORATIVE WORKS

2006 “This Lily Was (Fontana)” Director. (Awarded Best Female Solo Show of the San Francisco Fringe Festival),  Full Length Play by Mia Paschal at Exit Theater, San Francisco, CA, USA

1999 Conceptual Art Sculpture, Mickey Mouse Pez Dispenser, Site Specific Outdoor Art Installation, University of Albany, NY, USA

1996 Drafter for a Sol LeWitt Installation, Lake George Arts Project, Lake George, NY, USA


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