"Fires Across the Water"
"Acrylic on Canvas"
48.5" x 38.5 x 1.75
I am a contemporary abstract artist with an extensive background in commercial design. I work out of my Oakland, California studio where I create acrylic and mixed media works on wood panel or paper, mixing random and intended mark making, along with text and typography. I enjoy working in a variety of formats, including drawing, painting and painted collage
“Collaborating with Chaos” is a series of acrylic and mixed media works on paper or wood panel. The works are created with the use of several unconventional painting tools including combs and rolling pins, which I use to create layers of random pattern, which in turn forces me to respond to chance and adapt to unexpected change. I like to allow the paint and random pattern to prompt and propel me throughout the compositional development of my work, intermingling chance and deliberate mark-making sporadically throughout the process. Working in this way helps to strip myself of any notion of complete control over my work. For me, the most enjoyable part of being an artist is about the perpetual pursuit of the creative unknown, so I embrace the art of chaos. I’m always happiest when I’m experimenting and exploring in search of something I haven’t seen before.
Mark S.Thomas - Artworks - Oakland, California 94601
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