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!
News and current events at Mark White Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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!
It was a lot of fun to open up the most recent issue of Santa Fean magazine, and see a sculpture by Mark White featured in a home tour!
We are already drooling in anticipation of this year's Edible Art Tour.
Santa Fe is the absolute perfect town for just this kind of event: what better way to showcase our uniquely fantastic art galleries, and our amazing restaurants?! This year's event is a two-day affair, spread out over the weekend of June 13 and 14. Mark White will be open for the June 13 day of the event from 5-8pm and we really hope you'll come say hi if you're around.
You can call us at 505-982-2073 to learn more about the event, or you can visit the official event website here. This year, we are partnering with local business Adobo Catering, a relationship that will allow our guests to sample bite-size foods and drinks while perusing the gallery.
Don't forget to buy tickets! For just $35, you can stroll around multiple Santa Fe arts districts and enjoy tastes and sights made available for just this one special weekend in June.
It's thrilling for us to get photos and videos from our collectors! Ray, who lives in Melbourne, Australia, sent us these two videos of his Orb 6 moving in gentle winds. He writes, "You can hear bellbirds singing in the background - a constant refrain. You may also (just) be able to see a Koala in the eucalyptus tree above the Orb."
We are thrilled to have a new sculptor, Pokey Park, join our gallery on Canyon Road. Park was born and raised in Georgia, but has made her home in the American West for years. Of her incredibly detailed, marvelously animated bronze sculpture, Pokey has said "They are whimsical, with an edge."
Above are two sides of Pokey's sculpture Talvez Mañana. We're placing this reflective reptile outside in our front garden. Won't you come by and lounge with us?
Colorado-based painter C.C. Opiela works in a variety of media; we've just received some selections of her horse and floral paintings, which incorporate both abstracted and figurative elements. Here are a few we're loving:
We were thrilled to get a snapshot of a Mark White painting installed in the home of its new owners, Dr. Jerry Niederman and Cam Higginbotham of Oak Park, Illinois.
Pictured above is Cam Higginbotham with Mark White's painting Keys Reflections. We are so happy when clients share photos with us!