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.
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.
"What I didn't want" Series, 2016-7
"What I didn't want" was inspired by the political interaction with modern media and the way individuals interpret their world through technology. My roots stem from a thirst of historical knowledge and research of periods. I specifically demonstrate & expressing historically Fauvist colors, outward movement and socio-political commentary of contemporary events. My use of color patterned movement reflect the speed of technological advancement we experience in our daily lives.
"Having to do with Motherhood" Series, 2016-Present
"Having to do with Motherhood" came to be what it is by way of a conversation Helen, my wife, and I were having about having children. We had thought about it for a while and the ideas went back and forth. Upon arrival in Caunes Minervois, France in 2016 after a six week solo journey throughout northern Europe I started this series. The solo journey was sort of a death march on my part. When I travel alone I tend to be a little manic and stop at nothing to bring the extreme into reality. I was drawing and painting small watercolors along the way which lent to a new structure reconciling the base/ground relationship in my work. Drafting always solves problems with structure in creative work.
A Study of Abstraction: Monoprints, Joli Bijou, San Francisco, California, 2016.
Movement and Flow of Dance II, - Photography, Painting, Dance Performance, Live Worms Art Gallery, San Francisco, California, 2011.
Movement and Flow of Dance I, Printmaking, Photography, Dance performance, Viracocha, San Francisco, California, 2010.
“10,000 miles to go”, Travel Photographs, Crandle Public Library, Glens Falls, New York, 2004.
Abstraction in Nature Paintings, Casey’s North Gallery, North Creek, New York, 2002 - 2003.
A Survey of Photography and Paintings, Professor Java's Cafe, Photography and paintings, Albany, New York,n2001.
A Survey of Photography and Paintings, Mother Earth's Cafe, Albany, New York, 2000.
France Painters, Live Worms Art Gallery, San Francisco, California, 2017.
Blue Door Workshop Open Studio, Caunes Minervois, France, 2016.
France Painters, Live Worms Art Gallery, San Francisco, California, 2016.
Blue Door Workshop Open Studio, Caunes Minervois, France, 2015.
Annual Printmakers Spring Show, Monoprints, City College of San Francisco at Fort Mason, San Francisco, California, 2012, 2013, 2015.
I Love People: Street Photography from San Francisco, Photographs, San Francisco Studio School, San Francisco, California, 2010, 2011.
Annual Printmakers Spring Show, Linocuts, City College of San Francisco at Fort Mason, San Francisco, California, 2010.
Divisadero Show, Dance Photography Images, San Francisco, California, 2007, 2008.
Taking the Shot, Photography Show, ACC, Queensbury, New York, 2004.
Five Minute Conceptual Video Performance, Shellburn Art Museum, Shellburn, Vermont, 1999.
Conceptual Painting and Performance, Performance/Installation Piece, University at Albany, New York. 1999.
“This Lily Was (Fontana)” Director. (Awarded Best Female Solo Show of the Festival), Full Length Play by Mia Paschal at Exit Theater, San Francisco, California, 2006.
Conceptual Art Sculpture, Pez. Outdoor Art Installation, University of Albany, New York, 1999.
Drafter for a Sol LeWitt Installation, Lake George Arts Project, Lake George, New York, 1996.