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Mark Chadbourne


Chestnut Hill

Artist statement:
I grew up in an artistic family with several generations on both my parents' sides creating various types of art work, from calligraphy to inlaid furniture to costume design to water color paintings. Since childhood I have done a variety of art work, including line sketches, pen & ink drawings, tissue paper collages, and wood cuts, which have led me to my current focus which is on abstract geometric paintings. Currently I work with acrylics on canvas. I have always been interested in architecture, and am drawn to a clean & lean industrial design aesthetic in the paintings I create. I work to establish a sense of order portrayed by the lines, hard edges, and geometric compositions in my work. With a disciplined approach & methodology, I aim to capture the exuberance of interacting various shaded colors, scales, patterns, and volumes all within a well defined geometric structure and design in each of my paintings. I begin my painting with a pencil sketch which provides me a solid concept of how I would like the initial design to unfold. Once I have a composition laid out on canvas, I utilize masking tape to outline the areas I will paint. Then I use matte medium to seal the masking tape which sets out clean & crisp parameters. Next I paint the taped out areas, often using up to four multiple coats of paint to establish solid & flat colors. My last step is to remove the masking tape and complete the rest of the painting. My paintings reflect my fascination and attraction with non-representational art. In each painting my intent is to create a strong visual statement where the viewer can find balance in the off balance and in the asymmetry that I have painted. My goal is for the viewer to discover appeal & challenge in the architectural spaces & volumes.



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