Tile Vision by Mark Henderson runs from Aug. 5 – Sept. 14, 2021, at the Naess Gallery, The Paint Spot.
Mark Henderson is a multidisciplinary visual artist who graduated from the University of Alberta Extension program with a certificate in Fine Arts. His creative endeavors encompass painting, printmaking, and photography, drawing inspiration from architecture, industrial design, the natural world, and the inner workings of his mind.
Henderson received a diagnose of a benign brain tumor within the cerebellum in February 2019. “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.”
Finding new ways to create
Compromised vision forced him to discover new paths to creativity. Painting in detail was not an option, so he decided to work in a larger format. “Tile Vision” came out of the process of experimentation with abstraction, mosaic, i.e.: tile, and the exploration of various acrylic mediums. He cut painted mylar into tiles and incorporated them into the works. Some contained a conceptual abstraction window of acrylic medium and radiant colours, acting as a thought-provoking space to engage the viewer.
Henderson features collage in some pieces, layering images appearing through the transparent medium. He finished many of the pieces with an acrylic pouring medium, giving them a glossy finish 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. Cool colours 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
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