We are thrilled to share with you another amazing press piece about Dan Young, this time featured in Western Art & Architecture Magazine! Please see scanned article below!
News and current events at Mark White Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
We here at Mark White Fine Art received the latest batch of mail with unusual excitement, because it contained the latest issue of the Santa Fean! Now don't get us wrong - the publication always pleases - but we couldn't help gushing over the staff's decision to feature a work from Mark White's Koi painting series on its June/July cover!
Inside the magazine, Golden Pair, a recently sold metal painting by Mark, is gorgeously featured, alongside a lovely write-up by Lisa Van Sickle.
We've got more paintings available from this series, and we'd love to share information about them with you! Don't hesitate to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call at 505-982-2073.
We were thrilled that Plein Air Magazine selected a painting by Mark White Fine Art artist Dan Young for its most recent cover! The story inside is worth reading for its insight into Young's practice and artistic motivations. To read the article in full, please click here.
Dan Young was born in Denver, and grew up in western Colorado “camping and fishing throughout the Rocky Mountains." This outdoorsy background was hugely influential to Young's development as an artist. He attended Colorado Institute of Art before moving to Dallas to pursue a career in commercial art, but even after he achieved success as an illustrator, the landscape was always persistently calling. In 1989, he returned to Colorado to paint full time.
Young enjoys depicting scenes of the rural American West, with subjects ranging from picturesque ranches that dot the mountain valleys to serene snowscapes and river-crossed pastures. He states, “Though I’m a landscape painter, I like introducing hints of man’s presence in the landscape. Sometimes I feel I’m in a race to paint a disappearing way of life. It’s hard to watch so many of the family farms and ranches being swallowed up by development.”
Click here to read about Dan Young in Southwest Art Magazine.
Perfectly timed for New Mexico's wintry, sometimes snow-filled January days, Mark White's newest body of paintings was inspired by crows and ravens.
"Our wonder over crows and ravens has allowed them to figure prominently in our culture. As long as people watch and wonder about the natural world, our culture will continue to be enriched by the antics, mysteries, and challenges of crows and ravens in all their forms."
-Excerpted from In the Company of Crows and Ravens, by John M. Marzluff and Tony Angell
Long enamored of the Southwest region's wild birds, White deftly conveys the mystery and gravitas of these common yet commandingly regal animals.
Which of this trio is your favorite? The steady-gazed Sentinel, the Ravenous raven, or the noisily Raucous crow?
A series of new paintings by Mark White, on both copper and aluminum panels, exemplify the artist's mastery of the engraved and patina-dyed metal surface.
Featuring shimmering surfaces of brilliant jewel tones and contrasting warm gold and red, the paintings range in size from 8" x 8" to 16" x 48" - all of them share an uncanny trait, which is the downward angle. This makes it seem for the viewer that he is looking down into a vibrant, glassy-surfaced pond.
Inspired in part by Taoist practice, White has included the following brief text to accompany these unusual, mesmerizing paintings:
Heron stands in the blue estuary,
Solitary, white, unmoving for hours.
A fish! Quick avian darting;
The prey captured.
People always ask how to follow Tao. It is easy and natural as the heron standing in the water. The bird moves when it must; it does not move when stillness is appropriate.
The secret of its serenity is a type of vigilance, a contemplative state. The heron is not in mere dumbness or sleep. It knows a lucid stillness. It stands unmoving in the flow of the water. It gazes unperturbed and is aware. When Tao brings it something that it needs, it seized the opportunity without hesitation or deliberation. Then it goes back to its quiescence without disturbing itself or its surroundings. Unless it found the right position in the water’s flow and remained patient, it would not have succeeded.
Actions in life can be reduced to two factors: positioning and timing. If we are not able to be in the right place at the right time, we cannot possibly take advantage of what life has to offer us. Almost anything is appropriate if an action is in accord with the time and the place. But we must be vigilant and prepared. Even if the time and the place are right, we can still miss our opportunity if we do not notice the moment, if we act inadequately, or if we hamper ourselves with doubts and second thoughts. When life presents an opportunity, we must be ready to seize it without hesitation or inhibition. Position is useless without awareness. If we have both, we make no mistakes.
Taken from: 365 Tao Daily Meditations by Deng Ming-Dao
Mark White's no stranger to working on metal - after all, his renowned kinetic wind sculptures are constructed of copper, stainless steel, and at one point, aluminum; this last material is his preferred surface for the following patina-on-metal paintings.
Mark selects smooth aluminum panels, custom-cuts them to his desired dimensions, then uses industrial engraving tools to achieve incredible, multi-dimensional effects that shimmer across the work's surface. The visual effect is disarmingly kinetic, in that the colors and light seem to move across the surface of the painting in an animated, glistening way.
In works like Prairie Light III, [see above] White's meticulously rendered lower grass border seems to actually waver and shift before our very eyes, mimicking the breezy rush of wind through autumn's russet grasses.
Annual trips to Malibu are veritable meccas for White, who spends ours on the beach sketching the shoreline -- a decided departure from the rich colors but arid climes of the artist's Santa Fe home. Mark's newest works, A Distant Shore, above, and Silver Dawn, below, were inspired not by Southern California however, but in fact by Southern Florida. An October venture to the sunshine state provided Mark with a fresh - and Atlantic! - interpretation of the ocean.
Billowing clouds glint and gleam in the light, interrupted by a brilliant orange horizon line in the middle, and finally the lazy stretch of waves below.
If you'd like to see more examples of these exceptional paintings, please contact the gallery directly at 505-982-2073, or email us at email@example.com. We would be thrilled to send you brief videos as well of these special paintigs "in action!"
Thanks, Youtube user lifeinsf for the great footage of Mark White Fine Art's kinetic sculpture garden here in Santa Fe!
Rendered in energetic dashes and strokes, Pat Clayton's latest three paintings have just arrived this month at Mark White Fine Art here in Santa Fe, and we here in the desert can't get enough of them. Beautifully, meticulously painted, Clayton's command of her material and subject shines brightly in the following three paintings. Please reach out to us for pricing, and also if you'd like additional images of them in their custom frames!
Introducing New (Well, actually around 225,000,000 year-old) Petrified Wood Fountains by Greg Robertson!
Ethically harvested from the petrified wood-dense forests of Holbrook, Arizona, (Northeast of Phoenix, see map at right) Greg Robertson's fountains are as unique as they are beautiful. Millions of years ago, this arid landscape was canvassed with tall trees. Over thousands of years, some floated downstream to form log jams, where concentrations of petrified wood can still be found.
Like a thumbprint, each fountain contains indelible traces of the tree from which it formed. Greg hand-drills carefully chosen wood segments, allowing them to cycle water in a gentle, burbling sound that complements whatever the fountain's surroundings. Each Petrified Wood Fountain is around 600-800 pounds in weight. This incredible solidity requires help to move and install, but once in place, it's incredible sturdiness ensures it will be enjoyed for generations to come.
Petrified wood is a fossil. It forms when plant material is buried by sediment and protected from decay by oxygen and organisms. Then, groundwater rich in dissolved solids flows through the sediment replacing the original plant material with silica, calcite, pyrite or another inorganic material such as opal. Petrified trees today lie strewn across clay hills and within cliff faces; each log broken into large segments.
During the gradual uplifting of the Colorado Plateau, starting about 60 million years ago, the still buried petrified trees were under so much stress they broke like glass rods. The crystal nature of the quartz created clean fractures, evenly spaced along the tree trunk, giving the appearance today of logs cut with a chainsaw.
If you would like to learn more about our new fountains, please give us a call at 505-982-2073 or click here for more images and info!
Meet Concentric Rhythms, Mark White's newest kinetic wind sculpture!
As with other sculptures by Mark White, Concentric Rhythms is available in verdigris, stainless steel, or color patina finishes.
The sculpture is 40" tall and 80" wide, and comes standard with a 9-foot pole, although we can discuss other pole heights, depending on what your space requires.
Look for a video of this striking new kinetic wind sculpture soon; its movements are at once dense and tightly ordered, and also free and flowing. We're sure you'll be as mesmerized by Concentric Rhythms as we are.
Concentric Rhythms retails for $9,500 in a verdigris or stainless steel patina, or $10,200 for a color patina finish. For more information about this or any of our kinetic wind sculpture models, please give us a call at 505-982-2073!
We're thrilled to share our latest kinetic wind sculpture with you: The Swan.
Available in any of our custom finishes (Verdigris, Stainless Steel, and Color patina), the Swan is an elegantly streamlined addition to our sculpture garden.
The Swan comes in one size: 132 inches across, and 18 inches deep, with an 8'10" stainless steel pole.
We have a truly spectacular presence on Canyon Road, Santa Fe's oldest and most beloved arts district. For many decades, artists, art-lovers, and curious visitors from around the globe have made a beeline to this singularly quaint, gallery-packed street. Here are some wonderful reviews of our gallery from those who've stopped by for a look:
Thanks, everybody, for the support!
-Mark White Fine Art
Just weeks into 2016, Mark White Fine Art is pleased and excited to announce a new body of semi-abstracted landscape oil paintings by Mark White collectively titled Shoreline.
In many ways, Mark's latest series contains elements of past creative pursuits. A predilection for vibrant color, visible brushstrokes, and meditative compositional structure is nothing new for this painter; on the other hand, Mark's focus on water and land - and specifically, the point at which they meet - is largely unprecedented in his previous bodies of work.
For this latest group of paintings, Mark experimented with a variety of artistic surfaces - from canvas to linen to wood panel - to explore relationships with texture and light. Ranging from sun-drenched pond scenes (see Agua Caliente Pond, above) to more abstracted works featuring striated bands of forest green and shimmering gold (see Colorado River Bank, below), Mark's newest paintings are both strikingly unique and tightly cohesive.
We hope you're as excited for this new body of work as we are! For more information on these and other new works, contact us at 505-982-2073 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Well, the numbers are in! Mark White's most popular sculpture of 2015 is the Counter-Revolving Iris in purple and verdigris patina!
Mark has been making this particular model for many years, and its appeal has been widespread since its inception. The verdigris bottom blades contrast beautifully with a top layer of shiny purple.
Brrrrrr, baby, it's getting cold outside...!
For many full-time Santa Fe residents, winter is the very best season. Take a look at our view of Canyon Road last January:
One of our gallery's most common questions goes something like this: "How the HECK will this thing hold up in the snow??" Our clients come from all over -- from Switzerland to Portugal -- and we want each and every one to rest assured that we've got you covered even in wintry climes.
Santa Fe is located about 7,500 feet about sea level, and depending on how the Gods of Winter are feeling, we can get plenty of snowfall in our coldest months. Typically, our kinetics are just fine outdoors; we leave them out for the duration of the season - really, we do!
We like to say that YOU know your environment the best; if you know a huge storm is coming, you can very easily remove your sculpture, pole and all, from the supporting ground rod (the heavy steel rod that gets inserted into the earth and acts as your sculpture's "anchor") and put the whole kit 'n' caboodle in the garage for the duration of the storm. This can be helpful too for those folks who travel during the winters or are worried about leaving a sculpture outside during an extended vacation.
The bottom line? Don't be afraid to leave your sculpture out in the cold!
It's no surprise that our gallery's Mark White is a huge fan of Alexander Calder (1898-1976), the American artist most famous for his mobile wind sculptures. Crafted of cut-out colored metal, wire, and other materials, Calder's fluid, hyper-delicate sculptures were markedly sensitive to environmental factors, like subtle breezes.
Calder's mobiles have a distinctively mid-century vibe, characterized by their sleek lines, bold coloration, and joyfully abstracted shapes.
He's certainly best known for his sculpture, but Calder worked in a number of materials and media. Some of his most captivating pieces, in fact, are arguable his graphics-heavy, primary color-saturated paintings and works on paper.
Calder worked with wire in multiple ways, experimenting with stationary, figurative works like this portrait of his friend and fellow artist, Joan Miró:
Calder contributed a number of large-scale sculptural works to public and private collections worldwide, like the following arching, monochromatic piece here:
Pretty inspiring, isn't it?
Mark White Fine Art recently participated in Canyon Road's annual Paint-Out and Sculpt-Out event, a day-long celebration of art that features plein-air painting, sculpting, and hands-on demonstrations. Please check out our photos below!
We are so happy our clients Beth and Tom are enjoying their Mark White sculpture Walking Man. Though Mark has made this piece in Stainless Steel, using an oxidized or rusted finish is different for him. We love how it turned out!!
Our newest body of artwork at Mark White Fine Art is a collaborative series of works by artists Bobbi Bennett and Joan Scheibel. Bennett is a photographer, who splits her time between California and New Mexico. Scheibel is based in California, where she has painted for years. The artists came together for a series of mixed media pieces that incorporate photographs and paintings, arranged side by side or on top of each other.
What do you think? See all the works by Bobbi Bennett and Joan Scheibel by clicking here.
We're in the final few weeks of Summer 2015, and it's been great to meet so many new faces on Canyon Road - and to correspond via phone and email with so many of you as well! Take a peek at a few of Mark White's latest paintings. These four are all acrylic on wood panels. As always, we wish everyone could see these works in person, but for now these images will have to suffice!