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Studio Visits by appointment,Melbourne…Works for sale or sold as indicated
Born in Melbourne,1964 with a family background and some training in both music and visual art,by my teens I was proficient in drawing,piano,guitar,and percussion. At 18 I began an art degree in fine art painting at Prahran Technical College,Melbourne,but at the same time my passion for music took over,so I left the art course and became involved in the inner Melbourne music scene for the next 7 years,specialising in drums with several bands,later with guitar,bass,keyboards,vocals,and soundscape composition,though through this period I kept the visual art going,mainly with drawing… Returning to visual art full time from 1991 onwards,I lived and worked in Venus Bay, Gippsland,Victoria during the 1990’s with my partner and young children,concentrating on painting with the inspiration of that natural environment. Meeting many artists living in that area,one in particular become an important mentor and friend to me; the prominent Australian landscape artist and environmentalist,Neil Douglas. This was a very busy period with many solo and group exhibitons in Melbourne and Gippsland,during which I also completed some music recording projects begun in the 1980’s. Living and working in Melbourne since 2002,I have mainly focused on the development of mixed media painting/collage,specializing in layered textiles with various painting and drawing media,which I have called ‘Fabric Layerism’…With my main ongoing subject of the figure/female form and it’s interaction within interiors and nature,life drawing has become integral with this,with a similar multi layered mixed mediums approach…Since 2011,the ‘Fabric layerim’ pictures have developed into a distinctive niche,containing no paint,entirely comprised of fabrics,pva glue,and some varied drawing media including felt pens…In 2015,I had a multi media exhibition in Melbourne,releasing both a retrospective CD of my visual art; ‘the Art of Mark Ewenson,1981-2014’ and a CD of soundscape music; ’14 Soundscapes 1986-1999; Mark Ewenson. While the Soundscapes CD played,a digital slide projector played the Retrospective Art disc played on the wall,while on the other wall hung a display of several mixed media and Fabric layerism works from recent years…
I love visual art and music of depth and beauty, from ancient to classical,to modern and contemporary in both fields,and my visual art is a little more profoundly influenced by music than by visual art… I love both representational and abstract painting and sculpture,and I’m passionate about the evolution of mixed media/collage in painting and drawing. Painting is one of humankind’s earliest inventions,so to be a painter/2d artist in the 21st Century is to be a part of an extraordinarily long lineage. For me the ‘ancient’ and ‘modern’ in art exist simultaneously. In my view in this current era of art there is too much separation of the ‘old’ and ‘new’, which can diminish and damage a lot of the content and beauty of art that’s been established over many previous centuries and millennia….Especially in the last 30 years,conceptualism has positioned itself as ‘modern’ and older art forms as ‘dated’…The way I see it,conceptual and installation art are indeed still the newest art forms,beginning with Dada and Surrealism around a century ago,but at the same time the continuing development of romanticism,expressionism,classicism combined with modernism,begun with cubism,abstraction and pop in the same period of the 20th Century have served to keep painting alive and developing in the 21st Century. The late 19th Century and 20th Century was a great new beginning of what painting could be,after the 19th Century invention of photography started to take over painting’s previous role of needing to record and represent things and the world, painting’s meaning could focus much more on aesthetics and beauty with a capital B…The current art world is a strange mixture of,on the one hand,an art ‘industry’ and culture of a mass production of ‘decorative’ painting to mainly serve a function of domestic interior decorating…..and on the other hand a gallery culture primarily for conceptual art, both in painting and installation, which people experience as an event,some of which has much beauty and content in it’s own right,but would not be appropriate in a domestic environment; it is for public entertainment..The result is often a lack validity of beauty in a domestic setting; a very conservative painting culture where ‘pretty’ and ‘safe’ prevail over beautiful and expressive…this is also partly due to a lot of modern architecture and interior design being minimalist or bland; people are hesitant to put expressive art along side minimal ‘design’; ‘original’ with ‘mass produced’..My conclusion is that these two polarities of 21st Century art; design and conceptual,need balancing with more human feeling in domestic art,or the real culture of what makes painting alive,that it needs to maintain risk and ‘edge’ at a grass roots level, is in danger of becoming too marginalised as underground culture. The ‘side lining’ of painting by the art establishment has helped to make it more conservative,along with commercial galleries needing to promote the ‘safe’ in order to sell and to survive as galleries,which in turn effects that mass production of ‘decor’ art; painters often focus on quantity over quality…The art world is corrupted by hyper saturation and absurd market value at the top…more than ever artistic and aesthetic content needs it’s own assessment and value for the beauty of the new painting movements to survive and flourish in our era….
Mark Ewenson 6/2018
Below: Mark Ewenson at Mount Warning summit,sketching Byron Bay in the distance (with respect to the indigenous owners of this land),NSW 2014
- D O B: 7/9/1964
- Education: 1981-82 Studied art at Huntingdale Technical college,Melbourne
- 1983 Studied fine art painting at Prahran technical college,Melbourne
- 1984-1990 MUSIC ; Full time musician; percussionist/multi instrumentalist in various art rock,jazz,experimental groups and soundscape recording artist,Melbourne…(see music C.V)
- SOLO EXHIBITIONS
- 1991 Bakers Cafe ,Fitzroy,Melbourne
- 1994 Joan Gough Studio Gallery- Contemporary Art Australia
- 1996 Darebin Arts Centre,Preston -Melbourne.
- 1997 Darebin Arts Centre,Pretston- Melbourne.
- 1998 Hotel Sofitel- Cafe La,Collins St. Melbourne. (work purchased by Sofitel)
- 1999 Fitzroy Gallery,Fitzroy,Melbourne
- 1999 Rippleside Gallery,Inverloch,Victoria.
- 2000 Silkstone Gallery,Korumburra,Victoria.
- 2001-02 Tsunami Cafe,Inverloch,Victoria
- 2003 Muse Bar Gallery, East St.Kilda,Melbourne
- 2004 Studio Gallery exhibition,Elwood,Melbourne
- 2006 Online Gallery launch: markewenson.com
- 2006 Gallery 112, St.Kilda,Melbourne.
- 2009 Online Gallery launch: markewenson-artist.com
- 2011 Andrianakis- Fitzroy Gallery,Fitzroy,Melbourne.
- 2015 The Breslin Gallery,Carnegie,Melbourne…Art/Music retrospective;Art ebook retrospective disc,1981-2014…’14 Soundscapes’ music CD,1986-1999.
- 2018 Updated website for markewenson-artist.com: Fabric Layerism-Fabric and mixed media visions of the feminine form…
- GROUP EXHIBITIONS
- 1991-93 Exhibited in several group shows around Gippsland,Victoria: Meeniyan,Phillip Island,Fish Creek,Tarwin Lower (first prize,best local painting award)
- 1993 Majoring in group show with Neil Douglas,John Quinn-Venus Bay Gallery,Venus Bay,Victoria.
- 1995 Finalist- Herald/Sun art prize,Melbourne- judges: Leo Schofield,Sally Smart,Alex Holt,Simon Plant.
- 1995-96 Gretz Gallery,Albert Park-Melbourne
- 1995-97 Contemporary Art Australia travelling group show to Paris France and Puge Rostang,South of France.
- 1998-99 Represented by Dempsters Gallery,Canterbury,Melbourne.
- 1999 Venus Bay artists showcase,Venus Bay,Victoria
- 1998 Jackman Gallery-group exhibition in conjunction with website launch for ‘Artists Online’; one of Australia’s first commercial online galleries.
- 1998-2001 ‘Artists Online’ website gallery – Jackman Gallery, St.Kilda,Melbourne
- 2000 ‘New Energies’ -Artists showcase- Leongatha,Victoria.
- 2001 ‘New Energies’ Gippsland artists – Chapel off Chapel,Prahran,Melbourne.
- 2000-/01 Dunes Gallery, Inverloch, Victoria.
- 2004 ‘Spirit of place’ – Gallery 112, St.Kilda, Melbourne.
- 2005 Affordable Art fare with Gallery 112- Exhibition Buildings,Melbourne.
- 2006-08 Gallery 112- St.Kilda, Melbourne
- 2009-14 Louey & Lane gallery, Glen Huntly – Melbourne.
- 2009 20th Anniversary,Life Models Society- Dantes Gallery,Fitzroy,Melbourne.
- 2009 Lord Ivy Lounge- Flinders Lane,Melbourne
- 2011 ‘Beauty’ Collingwood Gallery, Collingwood, Melbourne.
- 2011 Carbon Black gallery- Prahran- Melbourne.
- 2012 Princes Hill Community Centre,Princes Hill, Melbourne
- 2013 ‘Freedom’ Collingwood Gallery,Collingwood, Melbourne.
- 2013 ‘Eclectica’ Breslin Gallery, Carnegie, Melbourne.
- 2013-18 Nexus Modern Art- Online Gallery, Melbourne- ‘Emerging Artists’
- 2018 –People’s Choice award- Glen Eira Artists Society annual group exhibition,Caulfield Arts Complex,Melbourne.
- 2018 Bluethumb Online Gallery….’Featured Artist’
- Nov 1993 Sentinel Times-South Gippsland
- Jan 1994 The Star-South Gippsland
- July 1994 National Gallery Society magazine-Melbourne
- July 1994 Radio interview with Bill Hartley,3CR- ‘Art Attack’
- Spring 1994 Art and Australia magazine
- May 1996 Sentinel Times-South Gippsland
- March 1997 Sentinel Times-South Gippsland
- June 1997 Preston Post Times-Melbourne
- Feb 1998 At the Sofitel-Melbourne
- Feb 1999 Herald-Sun, Melbourne
- March 2000 Village Crier-Korumburra,Gippsland
- June 2000 New Energies-artists showcase,Leongatha,Gippsland
- June 2000 The Star-South Gippsland,Victoria
- March 2001 Sentinel Times-South Gippsland
- March 2003 Port Phillip Leader-Melbourne
- Nov 2006 Port Phillip Leader-Melbourne
- Nov 2006 Art Almanac – Australia
- Oct 2011 Port Phillip/Glen Eira Leader-Melbourne
- 2013 – ‘The Art and The Curious’; online art blog by Celeste Hawkins
- 2013 Port Phillip Leader-Melbourne
- 2015 The Breslin Gallery-online newsletter
- PRIVATE- Melbourne,Sydney,Bribane,Adelaide,Perth,Gippsland,London,USA.
- PUBLIC- SOFITEL Art Collection,Australia
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