Mark Patnode – Five Paintings
Why not throw it, sling it, splash it? It’s the artist’s mark – it’s Mark-Making™.
I strive for powerful visual simplicity in my artwork. The first marks establish a relationship with the subject and it becomes a dialog as I develop the work. Working quickly and with great intensity, I create the poetry of the transitory moment.
Though I paint a variety of subjects, I find great satisfaction working with land and cityscapes. I feel the light from the sky influences everything because I sense it as not only above but all around.
The more I study nature the more I arrive at a language of form and color – yet I want my application to be as far removed from nature as possible. I want to feel free with paint and don’t want to be constrained with convention.
Mark Patnode received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Purchase College and is a Fellow of Urban Artists Initiative (UAI) Hartford, CT, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA), in partnership with the Institute for Community Research. Patnode’s work has been featured in numerous galleries and museums, including the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan College, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, five Faber Birren National Color Award Shows, Stamford Art Association, CT, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY, Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT, National Palace of Culture, Bulgaria. Listed in Who’s Who in American Art, Patnode is an Elected Member of Salmagundi Club, Mystic Museum of Art, Norwich Arts Center, Member of the Bulgarian-American Creative Society, UAI Fellow, I-Park Fellow, served on the CT State Arts Council, serves on the Executive Board of Directors – Purchase College Alumni Association, Inc., and Rotary International – New London Board. More at marktheartist.com.