Size: 36"W x 48"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
I created this piece in September of 2012 while I was living abroad in Santiago, Chile. The inspiration came from a conversation I had at a bar with a Chilean painter who asked me if I'd ever seen the work of Hieronymus Bosch. After several Pisco Sours, and a great conversation about art and Surrealism I returned to my apartment and began researching the work of Bosch and other Surrealist painters. The next evening I hit my studio with a rough idea for a painting and started working, ten days later I finished the piece. At that time I had no idea that nine months later Edward Snowden would reveal the massive global surveillance programs run by the NSA.
Curator's Note: The artist's description speaks for itself. Mark is an impressively accomplished painter (and all around great person) in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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.