Mark Blaney has been exhibiting his paintings, drawings, and sculpture for over 25 years. Exhibitions include a solo exhibits at Thomas Gallery in Bloomington, IN (2020, 2019), the Walron Center of the Arts in Bloomington, IN (2011), Greg Thompson Fine Art in Little Rock, AR (2010), Galeria Antenea, San Miguel, Guanajuanto, Mexico (2003); along with inclusion in numerous group exhibitions including the Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts in Little Rock, AR (2002, 2001). Blaney’s work has also been exhibited at galleries and other venues throughout the nation and abroad. Commissions of his work have included: Duke University, Raleigh-Durham, NC; Carti Cancer Center in Little Rock, AR; the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock, AR; Smith-Barney Investment Firm, San Francisco, CA; Women’s Crisis Center in Pine Bluff, AR: Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranch in Alma, AR; and others.
Painting and sculpting help me to look closely into the world around and to find pleasure in watching the many forms lit by our sun. The movement and interactions among people, plants, animals, and the weather are plenty reasons to make things. All my work begins with interpretation of natural forms using drawn lines as symbols to suggest motion or rest, then I simply draw with color. I think the beauty happens when the viewer can enjoy the moment depicted in the work, as well as the actual handcraft of it. While using variations and the descriptive quality of drawn lines as a visual reaction to nature I try to allow the design to have its’ own integrity as a pleasing object. If all works well, I paint with the same approach as drawing: seeking an intuitive freedom while having a visual conversation with nature. Mixing colors to follow an idea is real fun and every new painting is a fresh chance at work and play in form and color. – Mark Blaney