Mark Blaney recently moved from Bloomington, Indiana back to his home-state of Arkansas. We are so sorry to see him go, but happy to know he is returning to family and a wonderful opportunity for creating artwork and his love for farming!
Mark has an extensive artistic resume including solo and group art exhibitions and gallery representation throughout the United States and abroad. In recent years, he has been commissioned for large scale installation paintings in the Women’s Crisis Center of Pine Bluff, AR (2013), and the Carti Regional Cancer Center in Little Rock, AR (2016). His ceramic sculpture is on permanent display at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock, AR. His work is also displayed in many private collections.
Artist's Statement: “Painting and sculpting help me to look closely into the world around and to find pleasure in watching the many forms lit by our sun. The movement and interactions among people, plants, animals, and the weather are plenty reasons to make things.
All my work begins with interpretation of natural forms using drawn lines as symbols to suggest motion or rest, then I simply draw with color. I think the beauty happens when the viewer can enjoy the moment depicted in the work as well as the actual handcraft of it.
While using variations and the descriptive quality of drawn lines as a visual reaction to nature I try to allow the design to have its’ own integrity as a pleasing object. If all works well, I paint with the same approach as drawing; seeking an intuitive freedom while having a visual conversation with nature. Mixing colors to follow an idea is real fun and every new painting is a fresh chance at work and play in form and color.”