About

 

Born a traveler, Mark Lesser has lived far and few between the east and west coasts spending time in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Delray Beach, before recently settling in Boulder with his wife, Shellie.

Growing up in Chicago, Lesser acknowledged the gift his grandfather passed along to him in seeing beyond the finite and into the infinite. His grandfather, a Russian immigrant, was a tailor, poet, and artist who painted beautiful ornate images using everyday stencils, such as tomato cartons. Inspired by his grandfather’s work at an early age, Mark focused on challenging his images through tension of abstract color fields and spontaneous expression seeking to maintain a connection with realistic references infused with an emotional process.

Mark’s journey began in the late eighties, when he ventured to New York City working the night shift on the set of ABC’s “Good Morning America”, and exploring art galleries by day. New York City, a jumping off point for Mark, was where he discovered himself an artist and began painting for what would be his first solo art show years later.

Later, Mark relocated to LA where he raised his daughter, Taylor.  His travels were the focal points for his first collection, which appeared at the Warehouse Gallery and Santa Monica Fine Arts Studio in southern California. Then in a 2001 exhibit at the newly opened Fiorucci store in New York, Mark showed paintings which inspired a line of women’s scarves from his images.

Upon moving from Los Angeles to Dallas in 2006, Lesser found inspiration for his new paintings from a very fast paced experience of driving by his new surroundings in Dallas. He used his cell phone camera to capture images– not stopping but speeding by the terrain. The experiences are brief and intense capturing the motion of “going fast.” Using these images, Lesser combined them with his spontaneity of color and composition, allowing the motion to exist in still yet another dimension of “being still,” in a meditative manner.

From these works, the Haley Henman Gallery opened their doors with Lesser’s first solo show, “Going Fast Being Still” in 2007. 

Lesser then continued to travel, slowing down slightly. Mostly by car, he’s collected photos of landscapes and oceanscapes of all types. These snapshot-like images have appeared in smaller works which appeared in the Haley Henman Gallery until 2012, when he moved to Florida. 

In 2013, Mark built upon his body of work by challenging his images through the tension of abstract color fields and a spontaneous expression, seeking to maintain a connection with the emotional process and fields of color.  He built upon the fields with thin, transparent floods of color over color following the school of color field abstractionists, especially inspired by Helen Frankenthaler, and Mark Rothko.

In 2013, Mark built upon his body of work by challenging his images through the tension of abstract color fields and a spontaneous expression, seeking to maintain a connection with the emotional process and fields of color.  He built upon the fields with thin, transparent floods of color over color following the school of color field abstractionists, especially inspired by Helen Frankenthaler, and Mark Rothko.

In his most recent work, titled, “Reclaimed Abstractions” Mark gets relentless by slicing up previous works in oil to deliver a fresh experience. This fresh work is an integration of memories, experiences, and tones, color, and movement. Mark says it was risky and challenging to cut up work that I once labored. 

 

For Inquiries, email me at mlesser64@gmail.com