Currently I am making abstract landscapes derived from explorations with paint. My history is landscape painting and although I refer to them as abstract, they have a landscape quality. Categorizing the work for me, is a helpful place to start, finding order in the chaos.
During my process I wear a few hats, the adult, the experimental inquisitive one, the child, usually all behave. The child wishes to do everything with a five second attention span. The challenge is to stay focused on the abstract when I suddenly start thinking figuratively. When there is strife I find the best solution is to continue till there is some resolution. Striving to keep negative energy out of the studio, if it finds its way in, work it out hopefully using it to my advantage.
Of my different approaches to constructing a painting one I repeatedly turn to is the concept of layers, what is in front, behind, or on top. These sequences can assist in piecing together an interesting composition. Making decisions and/or leaving things to chance is my delicate balance.
August 2013 Summer Breeze, Zoya Tommy Contemporary, Houston, TX 77006
July 11-14, 2013 ArtHamptons, Vogelsang Gallery booth Bridgehampton, NY,
June 26- July 31, 2013, Pierre’s Bridgehampton, NY.,
May 2013, “Landscape” Mary Tomas Gallery, Dallas, Group show of gallery artists.
December 1- 31, 2012, Mary Tomas Gallery, 1110 Dragon St. Dallas Texas,
“Salon Style”, Group Show,
December 1 – January 20, 2013, Ille Arts, Amagansett, NY., “Holiday Show”
October 2012, Ille Arts, 216 Main St., Amagansett, NY. “Studio Tour”.
October 2012, “Annual Birdhouse Auction”, Karyn Mannix Contemporary, Bridgehampton, NY.
August 2012, Mary Tomas Gallery, 1110 Dragon St. Dallas, Texas
August 2012, Parallax Art Fair, 82 mercer St. New York NY
June 2012, 74th Annual Member’s Show, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY
April 2011, Surface Library Gallery, East Hampton, NY. “I Digress”, Group Show,
September 2011, Affordable Art Fair, Surface Library Gallery, 7 W 34th St. New York, NY.
May 2011, 73rd Annual Member’s Show, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY.
May – September 2011, Nest Interiors 172A Ninth Ave. New York, NY 10011, Interior Design Store.
November 2010, Surface Library Gallery, 845 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton, NY. 11937 “Group Show”
September 2010, Affordable Art Fair, Lyons Wier Gallery, 7 W 34th St. New York, NY.
June 2010, 72nd Annual Member’s Show, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY
SEPTEMBER 2009, “Dialog 1” Works by Sydney Butchkes + Mark Perry, Curated by James Kennedy, Surface Library Gallery, 845 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton, NY.
April 2008, “Interlude” New Paintings by Mark Perry, Surface Library Gallery, 845 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton, NY 11937
February 2007, The Bailey House Auction, Puck Bldg. NY. “Montauk Dunes”
December 2006, Visual Aids Postcard Benefit, “Postcards From The Edge” Sikkema Jenkins & Co. 530 W 22nd St. NY.
May 2004, Working Playground, Annual Spring Event, 125 W 54th st NY. Curated and installed event.
2003, Five paintings were featured in this Fruthur Films Production of “It Runs In The Family” Produced by Michael Douglas & Marcy Drogin. Directed by Fred Schepisi, Starring Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas and Bernadette Peters.
January 2003, Center For Book Arts, 28 W 27th St. New York, NY 10001. “Washi In American Books” Curated by Rory Golden. Represented with two handmade books.
April 2002, Working Playground Presents, “Love Letters To America” The American Airlines Theatre, 227 W 42nd St. New York, NY. One painting auctioned for this benefit, Hosted by Actress, Producer Rosie Perez, Artistic Board Member of Working Playground. Contributing Artists included William Wegman, Patrick McMullen, Peter Max.
January 2000, Working Playground Benefit, “The Studio Program’s January Exhibition” Invited to work with Teacher’s and Students for one week before benefit exhibition assisting with the process of creating and editing their show.
April 1988, Picture This, 158 Wickenden St. Providence, RI. 02903 “Rosner – Perry” With Jessica Deane Rosner
February 1987, Providence Art Club, “Open Painting Show” Awarded Milton Halladay Prize for “Bonnie, Portrait of a Woman”
March 1986, Brouhaha Gallery, 346 Wickenden St. Providence, RI. 02903 “Big Little” Group Show.
April 16, 2009, Featured on Hamptons.com Eileen Casey’s “Artists Among Us: Artist Profile – Mark Perry,
February 4, 2009, The East Hampton Press, Feature in conjunction with Natural Surroundiongs” by Pat Rogers.
April 17, 2008 Featured in this edition of The East Hampton Star, by Elizabeth Fasolino, titled “Portrait of the Artist as a Grown Man.”