Tile Vision – (Hende 27) Mark Henderson

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.

My vision was compromised so I had to find 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”. In it I experiment with abstraction, the mosaic, i.e.: tile, and the exploration of various acrylic mediums. Painted mylar are cut into tiles and are 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 acrylic pouring medium which gives them their glossy look and luminous colour. The palette in these works contain 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 along with bold textures of acrylic medium. 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 artist here: hendeart.com and on Instagram: @Mark_henderson_hende

30% of any sale will be donated to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

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