Mark Mattioli
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I love to conjure up an original take on a subject, and then create variations on that theme. I like to play with scale and out-of-context imagery.

I tend to capture a rough idea quickly in pencil before it fades. Then, an ink and wash version often follows, fleshing out details and adding complexity. Some of these ideas offer good material for painting.

I like the physicality of paint and painting. I work on different surfaces and textures, such as wood and wine boxes, in addition to paper and canvas. I focus on simplification in my paintings, aiming for interpretations of the subject that are looser than the more detailed drawings that preceeded. Color becomes a key player, as does stylization and/or abstraction.

My challenge as an artist is to bring the irony inherent in these ideas to visual form for the viewer. I see my ability to focus on the lighter side of life as a kindness I can share with others through my art.


 
 
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