Size: 75"W x 36"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
These two pieces are from 2001 very early in my professional career. The first piece of this diptych “20/20” was inspired by a dream. What struck me most about this dream is that it wasn’t about a narrative, but about black and white shapes. For the next three days I couldn’t stop thinking about the image from my dream. On the third day I decided to capture this image in my sketchbook. A few days later I completed a painting based on my sketch.
The piece lived with me in my studio for several months before I took a casual glance at it and realized it wasn’t finished. After studying the painting for a couple of hours I added the red elements, at that point I knew it was finished. The second piece “Hindsight” is a detail of the top half of “20/20.” I named the pieces “20/20” and “Hindsight” because of how clearly the image from my dream stayed with me for days, and how the second painting was born out of the first. Each piece is 36 inches x 36 inches and can be displayed side-by-side horizontally or stacked vertically.
At the age of 7, Mark Harris was given an unexpected gift by his father. “I remember asking my dad to draw a picture of a horse,” he says. “My father, not being very artistic, quickly scribbled out what looked like a box on four sticks. I said, 'This doesn’t look like a horse.'” Mark’s father told him to find a picture of a horse that he preferred, and to draw it for himself. This amusing beginning is what sparked Mark’s interest in creating art. “I had no idea what he was giving me at the time, and I don’t think he did either.” Self-taught as an artist, Mark Harris makes exceptional use of color in his paintings. He has a keen eye and the ability to create strong, beautiful, contemporary images. Mark has exhibited at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato, CA, and the California Modern Gallery in San Francisco, CA, just to name a few. His work is included in corporate and private collections both domestically and internationally, in such places as the SF Bay Area, Atlanta, Chicago, London, and Santiago, Chile. Harris’ style can be described as bold and sophisticated, and his body of work demonstrates a remarkably broad range of artistic talent. Harris continues to develop his unique visual vocabulary and is an emerging artist to keep your eye on.