The Primitive vs The Contemporary
Mark Mellon is an artist from USA, born on 10 July 1980 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
He did not attend the School of Visual Arts in New York, he went on his own journey in art and … we see his travel.
What we see are mythology, psychology – and contemporary events in a domestic area or world wide- and religious themes.
But let’s meet the artist behind the canvas!
Interview with Mark Mellon
by Simionescu Simona
– Hello Mark! Can we see what’s behind the canvas and your sculptures?
What are your preferred themes?
My themes vary between the freedom and joy of overcoming a struggle to the overwhelming cloud of grief and loss. Most of all it is the expressions we can portray.
What inspires you?
Life. Sunrise. And sunsets. The moments in between.
Where do you get your ideas from?
Same as question 2.
What is the most beautiful memory that you keep of your artist’s career?
The moment when I felt my voice as an artist was finally close to what I had always imagined it to be.
Of what do you think when you paint?
Sometimes nothing. Sometimes a list of things I need to do in the day. Other times I repeat the process of technique and painting in my head as I go. And more often than other times I lapse into a repeat of memories, from childhood to present. Replaying them all.
How would you define your art?
Primitive surrealistic abstraction
Who is interested in your paintings?
I’ve found a great variety in the people that find my work. I have collectors all over the world.
Which techniques do you use as a painter ?
A little this a little that.
Well that all depends on what I’m doing. For paintings I only use acrylic. Sometime with brush other time with knife.
Drawings I like to work with sumi ink and watercolor sometimes adding gold leaf to them.
I mostly work on 140# watercolor paper.
Ceramics my favorite Clay is Terra cotta so far.
I also love tonwork with paper mâché and plaster / resin for sculptures as well.
Who are the painters you admire?
Tamayo, schiele, Jose Luis cuevas, lipshitz, Moore, picasso
What are your other interests in life?
I’ve devoted probably most of my adult life to art and painting. It has not left much room for anything else. At the moment I enjoy my daily walks with our dogs.
How do you see your painting in the coming years?
I would like to see my work reach further in audience in the coming years and to become more of a household name.
– My pleasure!
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