Size: 36"W x 48"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
This piece is one of three in a series inspired by the work of Henri Matisse. I love his use of color and the simplicity with which he created. I drew most of my inspiration for this series from two works Matisse did in the early 1940's "Nude Seated With Crossed Legs" and "The Afternoon." I chose shades of lavender to convey the relaxed nature of the model illustrated by the suggestive pose.
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.