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My journey as an artist has evolved from representational oil painting to pure abstraction. I became fascinated with the art of the abstract expressionists and with abstract oil painting as a way to express myself creatively. To be “in the zone”. Painting is a solitary process and I find it meditative, and at times almost a form of prayer. My source of inspiration is truly multi-layered. Intellectually, I try to tackle intangible concepts in my paintings while technically I love using strong color, visually building up layers of paint and then excavating back down to bring forth a contrast of colors and textures. I began to focus on the technique of painting with oil and malleable cold wax medium as a fulfilling way of achieving the effects I was seeking and to bring out my personal creative visions. While painting, I rarely use traditional paint brushes, instead working with a variety of tools like pasty scrapers, rollers, sticks, and even old credit cards to apply and move paint around the surface. The result is often bold, sometimes subtle, and always, at least to me, optimistic, delightful, and engaging.
I am pleased to have my work appear in the recently (2107) published book Cold Wax Medium – Techniques, Concepts, Conversations and my art has been featured in both print and television.
Mark Witzling’s path to artistic memory keeper has been decades in the making. As a marketing and branding strategist, Mark spent his professional career around writers, designers and artists who visually shaped his ideas. It wasn’t until he was in his 40’s and on a trip to Italy that he was moved to helm his own creative trek. Stirred by the frescos of Rome and Florence, where art was intended to be part of the landscape, he picked up a brush when he returned home, diving headfirst into a variety of creative experiences to unleash his own artistic ambition. His foundation began in representational oil painting, but the combination of oil and cold wax together with more introspective subjects steered him toward abstract art. Studying in the studios of various artists he began to hone his craft. He has studied in studios across the country, from Santa Fe and Albuquerque to Wisconsin and Montana. He continues to paint regularly in the same studio where he started over 15 years ago, and is pleased to have his own dedicated studio space in hometown outside of St. Louis.
Mark’s work has touched a variety of audiences. His award-winning abstract oil and cold wax paintings have been presented in galleries, group and solo shows and in private collections from the Midwest to New York, Berlin, and Mumbai, and adorn the walls of organizations, homes and businesses. His first solo show was held in 2013 at Picasso’s in St. Charles, Missouri and he has since had solo exhibitions at locations such as the Renaissance Hotel, Space Design, Third Degree Glass, Starlight Gallery and 1900 Park Creative. Based in St. Louis, Mark is a member of the Greater St. Louis Art Association, St. Louis Artist Guild, and Art St. Louis, and he is a past board member of MySLArt. Mark is a juried member of Best Of Missouri Hands and was selected as a St. Louis Art Fair Emerging Artist participant. Mark and his art have been featured in multiple print and television interviews and his art is included in the recently (2017) published book Cold Wax Medium – Techniques, Concepts, Conversations by Crowell & McLaughlin. His work can be found online at MarkWitzlingArt.com.
CV – Mark Witzling
Awards and Grants
Queeny Park Art Fair, Award of Mastery 2-D Spring 2019
Chateau d’Orquevaux, Artist Residency and Grant Orquevaux, France
Queeny Park Art Fair, 1st Place Painting Category Fall 2018
Queeny Park Art Fair, 2nd Place “Award of Mastery” 2-D Art Spring 2018
Regional Arts Commission (St. Louis) - Artist Support Grant recipient
St. Louis Art Fair: Emerging Artist Program
“Sky’s The Limit” OA Gallery 2nd Prize Award Recipient among 100+ Paintings
"33" MySLART - Awarded "Best of Show"
Industrious, St. Louis, MO. Nov 2018
Pershing Place, Solo Display, Private Event, Sept. 2017
Renaissance Hotel St.Louis - Solo Show February 2017
Starbucks, Westport Plaza – solo display
1900 Park Creative Space, Lafayette Square, St. Louis, MO April 2016
Third Degree Glass Factory, St. Louis, MO November 2015
Longview Farm, Invited Artist, Private Event, Town &Country, MO February 2015
"Positive Memory" SPACE, St. Louis, MO October 2014
Starlight Gallery, Highland, IL Oct/Nov 2013
"Layers of Art" Picasso's St. Charles, MO April 2013
Group Shows and Events
“Ann Metzger Memorial National Exhibition” St. Louis Artists Guild Jan/Feb 2019
Juror: Hannah Klemm, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, St. Louis Art Museum
"The State of Our Shared Land" St. Lous Artists Guild Sept/Oct 2018
Juror Wassan Al-Khudhari, Contemporary Art Museum
St. Louis Art Fair St. Louis MO Sept 2018
Queeny Park Art Fair St. Louis MO Sept 2018
"MicroMacro" Foundry Art Centre St. Charles, MO Aug/Sept 2018
Juror Peg Fetter
"Sky's The Limit 2" OA Gallery, Landscape Show WebsterGroves, MO Aug/Sept 2018
“Symbolism” – Art St. Louis St. Louis MO Jan/Feb 2018
Jurors: Fr. Terrence Dempsey and Cheri Hoffman
Queeny Part Art Fair St. Louis County, MO March 2018
“Holiday Extravaganza – Invitational” OA Gallery St. Louis, MO. Nov/Dec 2017
Small Group Show 1900 Park Creative Space, St. Louis, MO. Nov. 2017
“20 Grand” Grandel Theater and Kranzberg Art Foundation
Top 20 Artists Invitational, St. Louis, MO Nov. 2017
“Midwest Salute To The Arts”, Fairview Heights, IL Aug. 2017
"The Wax Collective" Schmidt Center For The Arts
Southwest Illinois College June/July 2017
"Sky's The Limit" OA Gallery, Landscape Show June/July 2017
“Blooming Artists Project”, 1900 Park Creative Space, St. Louis April/May 2017
"Best Of Show” event honoring previous winners, MySLArt January 2017
“Many Mini” SOHA Gallery Dec. 2016/Jan. 2017
“Holiday Extravaganza – Invitational”, OA Gallery Dec. 2016/Jan. 2017
“Collector’s Choice” – St. Louis Artist’s Guild November 2016
CAM Open Studio, sponsored by Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis Oct 2016
“Serendipity”, Art St. Louis Juried Show August 2016
"33", MySLART, Old Orchard Gallery Webster Groves, MO August 2016
“Waxing Poetic” Grafica Gallery 3-artist show Webster Groves, MO July/August 2016
Green Door Gallery, Webster Groves, MO, Featured Artist May/June 2016
Clayton Fine Art Gallery - Resident Artist Full Year
Heather Haymart Gallery - Chesterfield Missouri Spring 2016
“Quatrafuss” Annex Art: Juried show Berlin, Germany Jan/Feb 2016
Chesterfield City Hall – 2-Artist Show - Invited Artist January - March 2016
“Collector’s Choice”- St. Louis Artist Guild November 2015
“ArtWalk” St. Charles Riverfront Arts November 2015
“Activate Art STL “ - CIC Innovation Center, St. Louis MO Spring 2015
“MOVE”, St. Louis Artist Guild - Juried show May-July 2015
Clayton Fine Art Gallery - Resident Artist
Heather Haymart Gallery - Chesterfield Missouri
"33 December" MySLART, Old Orchard Gallery, Webster Groves December 2014
"33 August" by MySLART, Old Orchard Gallery, Webster Groves August 2014
Des Peres Hospital by Art St. Louis Dec. 2013 - May 2014
"33 February" by MySLART, Old Orchard Gallery, Webster Groves February 2014
Clayton Fine Art Gallery – Resident Artist
Serendipity Gallery – St. Louis, MO. Representation
"Peace On Earth", Northern Arts Council, Cork Gallery, Ferguson, December 2013
"33December" by MySLART, Old Orchard Gallery, Webster Groves December 2013
“Wax Centric” Lillian Yahn Gallery, St. Charles County Arts Council Nov 2013
"Clearly Human", Juried Show, St. Louis Artist Guild Fall 2013
"33October" by MySLArt, Old Orchard Gallery, Webster Groves October 2013
“Out of Town” Northern Arts Council, 427 Gallery Fall 2013
"TWO" - Historic Syndicate Building Gallery - St. Louis, MO. Fall 2013
Ogletree Deakins Attorney Offices - Clayton, Mo Fall 2013
“Oil/Cold Wax Masters Explorations 13” – Mineral Point, WI. Spring 2013
“Luminous Language” Juried Show Foundry Art Centre St. Charles, MO 2013
“Lay of The Land” – St. Louis Artist Guild, Juried Show Summer 2012
“Wax Centric”, Group Show, Tavern of Fine Arts, St. Louis, Mo. , Fall 2012
Atelier Rosen, Annual Studio Show 1999-2017
Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations by Crowell & McLaughlin, Squeegee Press, 2017
St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles, August 2017
"Painter Fills His Maryland Heights Home With Art", St. Louis Post Dispatch, May 20, 2017
“Ethereal Landscapes” ArtsyShark.com April 20, 2017
“The Art of Color & Texture” Artsy Shark.com March 24, 2016
“Local artist uses oil and cold wax to create his paintings”, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Nov. 30, 2014
“Cold-wax technique brings depth to artist’s work”, St. Louis Jewish Light, August 12, 2013
2017 Private Study - Pam Caughey, Hamilton, MT
2016 Multiple workshops and artist collaborations; teaching
2016 Workshop - Lisa Pressman
2016 Workshop - Pam Caughey
2015-16 Mentorship – Janice Mason Steeves
2015 Workshop - Lisa Boardwine
2015 Multiple workshops and artist collaborations; teaching
2014 Multiple workshops and artist collaborations; teaching
2013 Cold Wax/Oil Workshop, Judy Wise
2013 Private studio work - Cody Hooper, Albuquerque, N.M.
2013 Studied directly with Cold Wax/Oil painting master Rebecca Crowell
2012 Private Workshop, Lisa Sisley-Blinn Studio, Winghaven, Mo.
2012 Cold Wax Painting, Level III Master Level Symposium With Rebecca Crowell Mineral Point, WI
2012 Cold Wax Painting, Level II, Rebecca Crowell Studio Osseo, WI
2011 Cold Wax Painting, Level 1, Rebecca Crowell Studio Osseo, WI
2011 – Private work. Julianna Poldi Studio, Santa Fe
1999 – Current Atelier Rosen St. Louis, Mo.
Boston University, M.B.A. High Honors
Macalester College, B.A. Cum Laude
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, Executive Director
Best Of Missouri Hands - Juried Member
Greater St. Louis Art Association - Juried Member, Juror
MySLART, Past Board Member
St. Louis Artist Guild, Member
Art St. Louis, Member
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