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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

MARK BECKER

MARK BECKER

Artist Work

New Enemy
oil on canvas
18in x 18in
Board
2008
oil on cutting board
16in height x 20.5in width
Gone Fishing
2009
oil on wood
7.5in width x 30.5in height
A plaintful story
2012
oil on wood
28in height x 28in width
Formaldehyde by_proxy
2010
oil on canvas
35 width 30 height

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

The art I make is almost always on found or reclaimed wood. I paint in oils on these objects after carefully preparing them, turning them in to objects as opposed to two dimensional surfaces. The narratives that are constructed deal with both personal and sociopolitical commentary. I use toys and other found imagery to play the parts of actors in these narratives, trying to avoid images that are recognizable and iconic. Each painting has its own narrative, meaning, setting, time and place. The burden of encryption lies with the viewer’s own psyche and life experiences.