“A work of art is the trace of a magnificent struggle.”
Mark Dunst is an emerging abstract artist in Portland, OR. Through the expressive and formal language of painting and drawing, his work explores the messy, imperfect, sometimes contradictory, always transitory and ultimately beautiful struggle to discover what exists in the space between thoughts. A pursuit to catch a glimpse of the sublime in a flux of uncertainty.
After Mark earned his BFA in Painting from the University of Colorado, Boulder, he immediately found a job in the graphic design industry. His award-winning design career spanned three decades where he held positions as Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Interactive Designer, Art Director, Creative Director, Partner and Owner of successful advertising, marketing, graphic design, and user experience design firms in Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Portland. Throughout his career he was best known for finding simple and beautiful ways to visually communicate complicated ideas more directly. The objective was always to create a shared understanding—the foundation for taking meaningful action.
Now as a full-time artist Mark spends his time staring at the canvas instead of a laptop screen. His abstract expressionist paintings utilize simple, dynamic compositions where veiled layers of sweeping lines, monolithic shapes and modest colors build a rich conversation of marks. His color palette is sophisticated and uncomplicated; his brush strokes are hurried and raw. Serendipity is sought and mistakes are not hidden, rather they help reveal a path forward.
Mark’s recent work can be seen in his gallery+studio in Portland's trendy Northwest District (Nob Hill). It has also been shown on SFMOMA social media, Open: Journal of Arts and Letters, and the MAC Group Show. In early 2019 his work will appear in the Claiming Voice Group Show at the PNCA gallery.