Mark England

I am far more concerned with representing and questioning cultural and visual expectations than with illustrating a scene. In a sense, my paintings are anthropological; in them, I often dwell on the values, activities, and events of ancient and contemporary cultures, “tracing” the traces they left behind. These are records of how we impact, leave our mark, our history,  on the earth. I am especially intrigued by the events through time that tie seemingly unrelated people and events together in broad cycles. All of my work, in some way or another, is about landscape and how we see ourselves through it and impose our values on it. I twist perspective, visually and historically. Because of the juxtaposing of unrelated buildings and events, each scene could be hundreds of years in the past, or in the process of being constructed, or in the future after everything has been torn down, destroyed, or worn away. This year I would like to prepare a group of paintings that explores the tensions created when you put the figure in the landscape, especially when they are out of proportion. My landscapes already have a surreal quality, but adding a full sized figure creates whole new relationships. The landscapes look like still lifes, with nothing moving. Adding a figure changes the dynamic in unpredictable ways.  It is a theme I have been thinking about for many years ever since I saw landscape paintings by Goya at the Prado that had giants strolling in the background.

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Post
19"h x 14"w

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Canoe

16h x 14w inches
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Salt Lake City
14 x 14 inches
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Nativity (small)
11 x 16 inches
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Still Life with Apples
12 x 16 inches
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Still Life: North America
12 x 16 inches
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