“American Landscapes” by Mark English
Over the last two decades, Mark English’s work has pushed the limits of the representational genre, exploring a range of expression from abstractionism to impressionism. Although his body of work includes both figurative and still life subjects, his primary focus has been the American landscape.
The surface of Mark English’s paitnings is always intriguing, often mimicking the texture of the topography he paints. They are richly textured with a depth that refects light as if clouds were passing overhead. His palette in these recent paintings is perhaps more diverse than in the past. While retaining his characteristic rich deep hues of burnt orange, sunset reds and forest greens, he has also created works that suggest a scene drenched in summer sunlight. These light and airy compositions are executed in delicate shades of pastel yellows, blues and pinks.
In a way, English’s landscapes, with their patterns of fertile fields crisscrossed by country roads, echo the geometric symmetry of an American quilt.
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