Michael Mark
Visual Artist
I was born in Brooklyn, New York and have degrees from art schools in Boston and Los Angeles, including a PhD from the Victorian College of the Arts. While teaching in the arts for the past eighteen years in both the US and Australia - currently employed at the La Trobe College of Art & Design, I have had several one-person shows and participated in many group shows.

Here is an excerpt from my most recent show in May, 2014:

“I continue to find grappling with ‘abstract’ imagery of primary concern, when forms coalesce into fully recognizable and therefore nameable shapes on the canvas, I remove them immediately. As our subconscious is constantly searching to provide explanations for what colours smeared on a two-dimensional surfaces are depicting, I am able to hover near a ‘reveal’. This tension allows me the opportunity to manipulate colour and value into forms that defy easy descriptions.

Abstraction, for me, is not arrived at through a pre-determined plan or notion, rather through actions and reactions. The first stroke, palette knife or finger that touches the white canvas is the first foray into a long series of gradual resolutions. Any attempt at pre-determining the colour, mood or ‘point’ of a painting, is repelled by the initial contact with the surface, and thereafter a dialogue takes place within the painting, so intentions become subservient."
Michael Mark
Workshops/demonstrations/master-classes/presentations, Residency – community, in school, Touring shows, Commercial commissions
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Men, People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, School children, Seniors, Women, Young people
Laughing Water Residency, Eltham, 2007
Anthony Ganim Foundation, VCA, a grant to further research pigments in South-eastern Victoria, 2005
Netherland America Fellowship, Amsterdam, Netherlands, a year-long grant awarded through the Fulbright commission. Investigated Rembrandt's painting techniques, collaborated with chemists, art historians and artists, 1997-1998
Irvine Fellowship, Los Angeles. A grant funding departmental projects. Selected, photographed, and catalogued slides for a multicultural expansion of the slide library at Occidental, 1991
Prize for Artistic Excellence in Painting, Occidental College, 1991
Richter Fellowship, Los Angeles, CA A travelling research grant awarded by Occidental College. Two month study in Australia, researching Australian Impressionist landscape painters. Summer, 1989
Doctor of Philosophy , Melbourne University / VCA, Melbourne, 2008
Master of Fine Arts , Tufts University / Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston, USA, 1995
Bachelor of Arts (Distinction) , Occidental College, Los Angeles, USA, 1991
Nov 8, 2014
Nov 8, 2014