Artist Profile

Mark Zunino

Medium: Oil, watercolor, drawing and etching

Description:  Still life in multiple media, concentrating on geometry and light

‘Art from Life and Life from Art’ has been my mantra since it was suggested to me over a decade ago. I always took it to mean that I ought to not only work form life and observation, but that the work I make ought to be somehow connected, and be a result of, my surroundings and life experience. The love I have always had for drawing form and the creation of illusionist space has satisfied the former of the two issues. To that end, I have found the still life to allow me to explore all the visual issues I am interested in. What I find, however, is that as I work I find I am more interested in the design elements of each composition, rather than the reality of the physical object. I am increasingly looking to use objects which I consider to be more ‘anonymous’, where I am not so attracted to the individual texture and patina but look at them as abstract elements when considering relationships of shape, color, and value. Accordingly, the spaces my still lifes reside in are another element that ultimately bears little resemblance to the actual place. I work in a space shared with my two children who are often there while I work, so the work is borne from decidedly less than quietude. The spatial relevance, once again, is pictorial. It seems, therefore, that I may be failing in my desire to connect my art to my life in all respects. Nothing I paint is an honest representation of the actual situation, nor does the calm and quiet depicted reflect the reality of my studio life. My hope, however, is that my muse is not simply to illustrate the life that surrounds me; instead the reality of life is distilled, in its physical, psychological and visual attributes, through the process of painting, drawing or printmaking into a ‘perfect’ picture. -Mark Zunino, 2011 Mark Zunino is a Printmaker/Painter who teaches drawing and printmaking at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT where he is also the director of the Visiting Artist Program. He received his BFA from the University of Hartford' and his MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is co-owner of Pogue & Zunino Fine Print Materials and has collaborated with Dwight Pogue in developing and demonstrating new printmaking techniques since 1998. He is a faculty member of Zea Mays Printmaking Studio and has given demonstrations at numerous Southern Graphics Council Conferences throughout the U.S.. Mark has exhibited his prints and paintings in institutions in the US, Czech Republic, New Zealand, and the UK. His work is in the permanent collection of the Yale Art Gallery, the Hood Museum of Art, and Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK amongst other public and private collections.

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