Mark Whalen – Kill Pixie


escapeintolife markwhalen1Experiments, 2009, acrylic, ink, gouache and resin on paper on wood panel, 45 x 60 inches

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The High Life, 2009, acrylic, ink, gouache and resin on paper on wood panel, 17.5 x 13. 5 inches

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Alternative Realities, 2010, acrylic, ink, gouache and resin on paper on wood panel, 17.5 x 13. 5 inches

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24 Hr Lock Down, 2010, acrylic, ink, gouache and glitter on paper, 44.5 x 34.5 cm

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The Ball Room, 2010, acrylic, ink gouache and resin on paper on wood panel, 11.5 x 9 inches

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from  I’ll Hit You Up Tomorrow  Show – no info available

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Balancing Nature, 2010, acrylic, ink, gouache and resin on paper on wood panel, 11.5 x 9 inches

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Human Development, 2010, acrylic, ink, gouache, liquid glitter, resin on paper on wood panel, 17.5 x 13.5 inches

escapeintolife Mark Whalen9Gatherings, 2010, acrylic, ink gouache and resin on paper on wood panel, 29 x 46 cms


Artist Statement

I’m influenced by a lot of different things that eventually seep into my work.  Architecture and geometrical patterning being the main structural platform.

Early on, I was inspired by Indigenous Folk Art, and the way they used narratives to describe their culture and era, but I eventually felt the need to modernize to reflect my own place and time.  And perhaps an alternate ‘futuristic’ reality.  I guess you could say my work is a narrative forecast of the current social climate, albeit a satirical one.  I find the times we’re living in completely absurd, but not void of humor, or humanity, as hard as it might be to find sometimes.

I’m a huge fan of M.C Escher — the way he studied Mathematics, symmetry, and Science and how he applied it in his work is completely amazing.  Another inspirational painter for me is Bosch, his dark narrative and other unconventional worldly renderings for the time are unbelievable.  More current painters are Barry McGee and Os Gemeos.  How they made the transition from their street work into making more contained drawings, paintings and installations is really significant.

 

Kill Pixie’s Website

Kill Pixie at Edwina Corlette Gallery

Kill Pixie (Mark Whalen) Interview