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Statement Bio and CV

Mark Witzling

Artist Statement

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.

 

BIO

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

2017

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

 

2016

"33" MySLART - Awarded "Best of Show"

 

Solo Exhibitions

2017

Pershing Place, Solo Display, Private Event, Sept. 2017

Renaissance Hotel St.Louis -  Solo Show February 2017

Starbucks, Westport Plaza – solo display

 

2016

1900 Park Creative Space, Lafayette Square, St. Louis, MO                       April 2016

 

2015

Third Degree Glass Factory, St. Louis, MO                                                 November 2015

Longview Farm, Invited Artist, Private Event, Town &Country, MO             February 2015

 

2014

"Positive Memory" SPACE, St. Louis, MO                                                  October 2014

 

2013

Starlight Gallery, Highland, IL                                                                      Oct/Nov 2013 

 "Layers of Art" Picasso's  St. Charles, MO                                                  April 2013

 

Group Shows and Events

2017

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

2016

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

2015
“Collector’s Choice”- St. Louis Artist Guild                                                  November 2015
‚Äč“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

2014
"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

2013
"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

2012
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

 

Publications

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 

 

Education

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


Organizations:
Best Of Missouri Hands - Juried Member
Greater St. Louis Art Association - Juried Member, Juror
MySLART, Mmeber and Past Board Member
WaxCentric, Member
St. Louis Artist Guild, Member
Art St. Louis, Member

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