Mark Henderson (Hende 27) – Tile Vision

Tile Vision by Mark Henderson runs from Aug. 5 – Sept. 14, 2021, at the Naess Gallery, The Paint Spot.

I am a multidisciplinary visual artist that graduated from the University of Alberta Extension program with a certificate in Fine Arts. My creative endeavors encompass painting, printmaking and photography. I draw inspiration from architecture, industrial design, the natural world and the inner workings of my mind.

In February of 2019, I was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor within my cerebellum. With the tumor removed in March of that year, my recovery began. The removal caused stroke-like symptoms on the left side of my body, and I had to learn to walk again. With ataxia in my left arm, spasticity of my muscular system, and compromised vision my drive to create art while recovering was strong.

Mark Henderson tile art

Finding new ways to create

My vision was compromised so I found a new way to create. Painting in detail was not an option, so I decided to work in a larger format. This body of work is called “Tile Vision”. I experiment with abstraction, the mosaic, i.e.: tile, and the exploration of various acrylic mediums. Painted mylar is cut into tiles and is then incorporated into some of the works, they may also contain a conceptual abstraction window of acrylic medium and radiant colours which acts as a thought-provoking space to engage the viewer.

The use of collage is also featured in some pieces, as layered images appear through the transparent medium. Most works are finished with an acrylic pouring medium which gives them their glossy look and luminous colour. The palette in these works contains a mix of warm and cool colours. Warm colours that have the essence of straw or the light pink of a freshly unwrapped piece of bubble gum, and cool colours that evoke the deep green of a freshly cut lawn or the blue shade of a cold mountain lake. The saturated colours immediately jump out at you with bold acrylic medium textures. A sense of motion is created as mosaic-like tiles or the acrylic medium is layered to fall from one part of the substrate to the other.

See more work from the Mark Henderson here: hendeart.com and on Instagram: @Mark_henderson_hende

Mark Henderson tile art at Naess Gallery

30% of sales donated to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

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Named for Sidsel Naess Bradley, The Paint Spot’s founder. who recognized the need for spaces that promote the exploration of artistic ideas and innovative processes. We are extremely proud of this heritage and its contribution to the development of many artists. Naess Gallery continues to be inclusive, encouraging dialogue among artists and visitors. We welcome proposals for exhibitions that push materials, techniques, subject matter and conceptions.

In planning the Exhibition Year, we will be inviting artists whose practices we admire to exhibit their new works. It will be a year to revisit artists who have shown in the Naess Gallery in the past and to reveal new artists as well. We are going to see an exciting and enriching program of shows! If you have questions about the Naess Gallery or its exhibition program, please ask Kim Fjordbotten phone 780 432 0240.

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