Brian Mark is the 3-Dimensional Artist Spotlight winning artist for the month of November 2021. He is an award-winning artist based in California, USA.
Brian's Solo Art Exhibition will be featured on the website for the month of November 2021. The gallery will promote Brian and his work on the Fusion Art website, individual online press releases to hundreds of outlets, email blasts to over 6,500+ buyers, collectors, galleries and art professionals, in online event calendars, art news websites and through the gallery’s extensive social media outlets. Fusion Art's objective is to promote the Artist Spotlight winning artists, worldwide, to art professionals, gallerists, collectors and buyers.
Please read Brian's Biography and Artist Statement below as he describes his history and inspiration in his own words. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see his exhibition.
If you are interested in purchasing any of these award-winning pieces, or to see more of Brian's work, please visit his website.
Also, please visit Fusion Art’s YouTube Channel to see Brian’s Solo Art Exhibition Video.
Thank you to all the artists who participated in the Artist Spotlight competition and congratulations to Brian and the other Artist Spotlight winning artists.
Born in Schenectady, New York, raised in Washington, D.C., Brian Mark has been intrigued by art of all kinds for most of his life. Instead, Mark pursued English literature and ultimately attained a PhD and taught English literature at university. While he was doing scholarly work on English literature, Mark began to feel a tug toward doing, not just intellectualizing about art. Mark’s first artistic foray was in woodworking. After a while, he could not shake the impact Dylan Thomas’ poem, “In My Craft or Sullen Art” had on him. Mark kept feeling he was doing craft, not art, and wanted more. A friend urged him to look seriously at stone sculpture as his art focus.
Nature is raw. Art is practiced.
Each stone has its own language and I work to understand that language. Some of the learning comes from striving to listen to what each stone is saying. Each has a color, a shape, and a hidden beauty. While valuing that uniqueness, I strive to let my imagination fly free, in order build upon nature’s creation: blending raw nature with understanding the language of this stone. And, so begins the conversation between stone and sculptor.
When a stone selects me, I cannot know what striations, hues, density, faults, lie under the surface. As I begin chiseling and grinding, the stone talks to me, saying, “I have this special colored line running through me: preserve it”. Or, “slightly shift the angle of this or that curve”. Or, “work with me: together we can bring forth that special surprise, that new beauty never before seen”. The conversation continues until nature’s stone and my imagination marry and together say, “stop – our work is done”. For me that conversation must lead to a sculpture that has movement, movement, movement. That movement is stone brought to life in a way never before seen.
Fusion Art, LLC
Santa Fe, NM