Highlighting ROAM Gallery Artist
Mark Bowen - Artist
(Photographer & Mixed Media Artist)
About the Artist
Having trained in filmmaking, photography, mixed media and painting - principal visual artist Mark Bowen sees the world in a different light. I don’t have one visual artist style. I view art from all over the world and appreciate different artist’s styles. I have learned that I see things differently. As is similar with musicians or actors I borrow influences from different genres. If there are some commonality in my work it’s that I see the beauty in things around me and I notice that some aspects of our world need to change. I consider myself to be at the intersection of painting and photography with a dash of journalism thrown in.
Every landscape and every scene has its own energy just like people do. I’ll visit landscapes at different times of the day in different light and look at different vantage points and details. I try to see things that most won’t notice. Sometimes I walk around in a place for hours just to get a sense of the place.
Photography is just my starting point and I professionally capture a composition and lighting that is pleasing to me. But it’s only that - a starting point. I will combine various images which I consider raw material and completely alter the colour palette, combine images and sometimes I will paint them. I alter images in many different ways to suit my taste.
I also produce conceptual work. Vanishing Species is an example of that. We are at a point that our planet is becoming unsustainable and species are becoming extinct at an alarming rate. Vanishing Species showcases our wonderous wildlife disappearing into firey colours, waterscapes and into the treelike.
I print on various materials including unique materials such as metals, aluminum, acrylic, and on fine art papers. These materials are exquisite. The look they create is very unique.
My recent work is more abstract and painterly where the emphasis is on colour, line, shape, texture rather than an overall landscape scene.
Each collection is unique and tells its own story. I hope you find that they speak to you, move you or just please you to look at them in your home environment.”
Heart and Art is becoming more important
I'm always making new discoveries about life which fuels my art. I'm now less concerned about technical aspects of what I do (they are second nature for me now). Colour, texture, line, shape, composition are important but there is a spiritual nature to what I do that just can't be ignored. I'm drawn to capture unique aspects of a place or person, it’s an energy that attracts my attention sometimes I take it in a millisecond and at other times I can sit for hours. To quote Arthur Rainville - it's my way of combining heart and art.
To reflect this more recently I have been working on composite art and adding painting techniques over photographic and abstract images.
I choose colour palettes that are painterly: I choose saturated colors, blend layers over top of each other and choose colour pallets that are analogous, or complimentary. I also add brush strokes on my digital works. In addition my topcoats such as resin coats or wax are pure painting magic.
ROAM Gallery Show - October 2015
FINE ART: Markbowenfineart.com
Mark Bowen - CV
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