Business Name: Mark Cole, Artist
Type of Work: Acryllic
Mark Cole is an emerging artist who plans to dismantle your ideas of redemption and embrace social justice reform while doing so. Born and raised in Upstate New York, now a resident of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Mark has a devotion for creation, advocacy, and accountability- which breathes life into every aspect of his art.
His art is inspired by his many diverse life experiences from working in impoverished “barrios” (neighborhoods) in third world countries and oppressed communities, to time spent in the prison system and as a Special Events Florist at The White House in Washington, DC.
His body of work represents a microcosm of collective inspirations, visually encapsulating a broad range of cultural, philosophical, and spiritual allusions. Mark brings to volume the voices of those he met as a foster care and education counselor, and in his time working to abolish poverty and homelessness.
His focus on the stream of consciousness nature of life allows him to depict those complications through the beauty of what the world would call “imperfections”, but rather as an approach to appreciate the beauty of all of God’s world.
Each piece of work demands your attention to both faith and forgiveness and encourages the viewer to believe that love will overcome isolation and despair . His exuberant nature-inspired paintings combine elements of impressionism and abstraction. Much of his work is inspired by paintings nestled between reality and dreams. Rather than attempting to create a realistic interpretation of the subject matter, he focuses on revealing the expressive elements of light, texture, and colors, which results in expressed emotions.
A succinct explanation of Mark’s artistic inspiration can best be expressed in the words of the artist himself:
“The creative process for me is one that is both automatic and emotional. The majority of my works are inspired by first looking at the world as a beautiful pallet of God’s love. One of the “tools” that I use to express my inspiration is realized through the music I listen to - from the beat, lyrics, and emotions I feel from the music - while I am creating. For me, creating my art is like being on a roller coaster; ups and downs, highs and lows, twists and turns. Painting for for me, like life, is constant movement and constant change. The creation process is cathartic, allowing my emotions to spill out onto my canvas as a release and hopefully an inspiration to others.”
|Sells Work at Red Dog Gallery|