Artist Mark Gleason’s figurative paintings exist in a world of dramatic tension. His subjects are often shown at the moment of danger, or potential threat, is most evident. Children play with knives, birds start fires, and mankind lives in a type of dreamscape.
Ever present is the artist’s interest in gesture, and paint itself, as he moves the paint around his canvases with care. For the artist, choosing to paint the figure stimulates in the viewer a powerful response, “We may feel a certain itchy sense of satisfaction or dissatisfaction in our own bodies. Moods may get tangled. We respond to specific marks and the way that they were made: here violent and here graceful.” Gleason’s paintings evoke an amazing sense of identification with place, subject, and at times, with the suggested narrative, through his mastery of painting.
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