Artist Resume

George Marks Biography


George Marks

ABOUT HIS WORK
by: Scott Finch

George Marks is a contradiction. His work is simultaneously ordered and spontaneous. Carelessness and rigid geometry mingle on the canvas. Passages of drawing in the work range from sensitively rendered figuration to loose impetuous scrawls. His palette is generally warm and harmonious, but searing thin stripes of color may awaken the calm. All of his pieces are deliberately orchestrated to fit together into a continuous installation, and yet each is also an improvisation.

The truly radical thing about Marks’ work is his process. Although, he simply labels his work with the obfuscating little phrase “mixed media on canvas”, he has developed a vocabulary of materials and techniques that are unduplicated. This rich and complex combination of materials may of course be appreciated in its own right, but for Marks this is not the point. Rather, the medium is inextricably webbed to the message. Nothing is done for a strictly decorative purpose.

Each material brings forth specific tactile associations, each recalls a memory, each assembles a part of the meaning of his work. He is a collector of textures, colors, and surfaces. He collects mental images of crumbling stucco on abandoned houses, trees rushing past his car window, and electrical conduits snaking around the corners of buildings. Sights like these are remembered and drawn upon to evoke the beauty in things that others might cast aside as imperfections.

His work brings forth far ranging art historical associations such as Edgar Degas to Barnett Newman, Richard Diebenkorn, and Donald Judd. What sets Marks’ work apart from many other modern painters, however, are his roots to the landscape and culture of South Louisiana . His work is never void of content, no matter how abstract the few simple notations become. His work recalls the flat broad vistas of that which each of us unconsciously knows by heart.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Marks is a resident of Louisiana and received his Fine Arts Degree from Louisiana State University . He resides in his hometown of Arnaudville , Louisiana .


ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2007 Necessary and Sufficient Causes
Ann Connelly Gallery, Baton Rouge , LA.
2005 Here to There
Grand Contemporary, Lafayette , LA.

2004 2 1/2“ < Standard
Art for Arts Sake, Ann Connelly Gallery/GB Project, New Orleans , LA.
New Figures
Art for Arts Sake, Ann Connelly Gallery @ GB, New Orleans , LA.

2003 Medicated Reality
Ann Connelly Gallery, Baton Rouge , LA.

2002 Playing God
Soren Christensen, New Orleans , LA.

2001 Contradictions.Fingerprints.Soft Dreams
Ann Connelly Gallery, Baton Rouge , LA.


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2007 Louisiana Artists
Blue Gallery, Three Oaks, MI
Group Show
Ogilvie Pertl, Chicago , IL
Group Show
Grand Contemporary, Lafayette , LA
2006 Summer Group Show
Grand Contemporary, Lafayette , LA
Luminosity
Huff-Harrington, Atlanta , GA
Splash
Huff-Harrington, Atlanta , GA
2005 Louisiana Artists
Blue Gallery, Three Oaks, MI
Group Show
Jenkins Connelly, New Orleans , LA
Hot Art Cool Night
Ann Connelly Gallery, Baton Rouge , LA

Grand Event
Grand Contemporary, Lafayette , LA

2004 White Light Night
Ann Connelly Gallery, Baton Rouge , LA

Spring Art
Ann Connelly Gallery, Baton Rouge , LA

2003 Group Exhibition
Soren Christensen, New Orleans , LA.

Group Exhibition
Ann Connelly @ Montecito Showhouse, Los Angeles , CA .

2002 Group Exhibition
Ann Connelly with B. Gattica, Los Angeles , CA .

Winter Group
Ann Connelly Gallery, Baton Rouge , LA.

Spring Group
Ann Connelly Gallery, Baton Rouge , LA.

Group Exhibition
Soren Christensen, New Orleans , LA.

2001 Group Show
Ann Connelly Gallery with Dixon Smith, Baton Rouge , LA.

Spirit of America
Ann Connelly Gallery, Baton Rouge , LA.

2000 Winter Group
Ann Connelly Gallery, Baton Rouge , LA.

Baton Rouge Green Invitational
Old State Capital, Baton Rouge , LA.

Studio Artists
Studio 801, Baton Rouge , LA.

1999 Dark Night
Bath House, Dallas TX .

Baton Rouge Green Invitational
Baton Rouge , LA.

1998 Red
Of Moving Colors, Baton Rouge , LA.

Louisiana Collection
Jefferson, Lafayette , LA.

Yellow. Orchid. Blue
Of Moving Colors, Baton Rouge , LA.

1997 Group Exhibition
Studio 801, Baton Rouge , LA.

Selected Work
Burts-Cason @ Moscone Center , San Francisco , CA .

Selected Work
Burts-Cason @ Javits Center , New York , NY.

1996 Du Baroque
Jefferson, Lafayette , LA.

Olios
Jefferson, Lafayette , LA.

1995 Red Stick Invitational
Old State Capital, Baton Rouge , LA.

1993 Drawing and Prints
LSU Art Gallery , Baton Rouge , LA.

1992 Louisiana Purchase
City National Bank, Baton Rouge , LA.


SELECTED CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Rabalais, Unland, and Lorio, L.L.P., LA
McGlinchey Stafford , LA
Chesteen and Associates, LA
Tommeny Fisher , LA
SN Servicing Corporation, LA
Iberia Bank, LA
Duckworth Realty, MS
Piedmont Hospital, GA




HONORS/PANELS

JG Hook National Scolarship Arnaudville
Le Feu et l'Eau Rural Celebration of the Arts Chair
Acadiana Center for the Arts DAF Grant Panelist
Frederick l'Ecole des Arts Board Member
2007 St. Landry Parish Chamber of Commerce Entrepeneur of the Year


ART RELTATED AFFILIATIONS

Co-founded the Art Works Society
(www.artworks.homestead.com)
Co-founded Bayou Blues Revival
(www.bayoubluesrevival.homestead.com)
Co-founded le Feu et l'Eau (Fire and Water)
(www.fireandwater.homestead.com)
Co-founded Frederick l'Ecole des Arts
(www.frederickarts.homestead.com)
Co-founded Grand Contemporary
(www.grandcontemporary.homestead.com)
Co-founded NUNU's Nightlite and Cafe'
(www.nunuscafe.homestead.com)
Co-founded Town Market Centre
(www.townmarket.homestead.com)
Co-founded Studio 801Art Cooperative


BIBLIOGRAPHY—ART

House Beautiful, July, 2005, “Louisiana Splendor”
The New Palm Beach . Architectural Digest, March 2005
How to Rev Up a Neutral Room. House Beautiful, October 2003
The Fine Art of Selling Art. Baton Rouge Business Report, September 2003
Decorators Showhouse X. New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles, March 2002
The Times, November 7, 2007, “The Art Issue,” page 26.
Country Roads, October, 2007, “Art Exhibit, George Marks – Necessary and Sufficient Causes, Baton Rouge.”
BIBLIOGRAPHY-PROFESSIONAL
Daily World, November 30, 2007, William Johnson, “Fire and Water festival searches for artists.”
The Advertiser, November 30, 2007, William Johnson, “Fire and Water festival seeks additional artists.” Daily World, November 29, 2007, “Ornaments sought for Fire and Water Community Christmas.” The Advertiser, November 29, 2007, “Ornaments sought for Fire and Water Community Christmas.” Country Roads, October, 2007, “Musical Meanderings—New Tradition Takes hold at Nunu’s.” The Advertiser, Thursday, September 4, 2007 – “Artist sculpts a home.” Daily World, Monday, September 3, 2007 -- “Building on a dream.” Independent, July 4, 2007, “Sculpting Minds.” La Vie Magazine, June, 2007 – “Community by Design.” Daily World, June 25, 2007, “The Sound of music.” The Advertiser, Thursday, June 21, 2007 – “On the road, again.” Louisiana Life, Spring 2007 – “Portrait of Success.” Southern Breeze, Spring, 2007, “23 Best Things about the Gulf Coast.” Southern Breeze, Spring, 2007, “Down on the Bayou.” The Advertiser, Sunday, May 27, 2007, “Blues comes to Arnaudville.” Daily World, Sunday, May 27, 2007, “Bayou Blues Revival debuts in Arnaudville.” The Times, May 23, 2007, “Bayou Blues Revival comes to Arnaudville.” Daily World, Tuesday, April 3, 2007, “Art meets Business.” Flickr, June 13, 2007, Rebecca Hudsmith, “Arnaudville: George Marks’ Town Market.” Daily World, Sunday, December 31, 2006, “Year in Review.” Daily World, Sunday, December 17, 2006, Yuwa Vosper, “ACC’s fest after-party brought out the chic.” Daily World, Sunday, December 17, 2006, “Celebration of the Season.” Daily World, Thursday, December 14, 2006, -- Arnaudville all lit up with Fire and Water Festival.” Daily World, Wednesday, October 18, 2006, “Fire and Water Festival seeks artists.” Teche News, October 4, 2006, “Green Living.” Daily World, Monday, August 14, 2006, “Sheaux and Tell.” Art Showcase Magazine, July-August, 2006, destinations “SOUTHERN EXPOSURE – The Art and Artists of Southern Louisiana.” Teche News, Home Sweet Home, Arnaudville, April 26, 2006, “Arnaudville—The Little Town that Could.” Teche News, April 26, 2006, Ken Grissom, “Artist buys Arnaudville water plant.” Independent, April 5, 2006, “Arnaudville Renaissance.” Country Roads, April, 2006, “Pentecost comes to Arnaudville.” Daily World, Sunday, February 19, 2006 – “Seeds of Creativity.” The Acadian, February 11, 2006, “Arnaudville: A Boom Town Revisited.” Breaux Bridge Market Place, January 18, 2006, “In Arnaudville—“ Advocate, December 23, 2005, “Enjoy the holiday old fashioned way in Louisiana’s small towns.” Daily World, December 20, 2005, “Arnaudville’s art fest brought out the best in the towns’ people. Daily World, December 15, 2005, “Art lights the Way.” Independent, October 19, 2005, “Fresh Start.” Daily World, Sunday, September 18, 2005, “Artnaudville.”