About Mark

Mark Russell has been creating landscape and nature paintings for more than 20 years. He has exhibited his work in group shows, in galleries and museums across the country. He has won numerous awards and is an Illinois Arts Council Grant recipient. His paintings are included in private and corporate collections. Previously, Mark was an award-winning designer focusing on packaging graphics. He holds degrees from DePaul University and The American Academy of Art in Chicago.

Mark’s oil paintings focus on landscape and nature. Surface provides inspiration: the texture of a rock, the edges of a cloud, the reflections and movement in water, the veil of light on a hazy day. He builds layer upon layer to the surface of his paintings, through a process of scraping, rubbing, adding and subtracting. As in nature, some moves are bold while others are more subtle, like the trickle of a stream on a mountainside or the constant motion of waves on a rocky beach. Each painting starts with a plan and, at times, can veer off path to reveal a surprise.

 

MARK RUSSELL CV

Born 1961    

EDUCATION

BA, DePaul University, Chicago

AA, American Academy of Art, Chicago

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

EXHIBITIONS

2017

Kane County Chronicle Gallery, Batavia, IL

Dempsey Gallery, Batavia, IL

Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee

2016

Elevate Gallery, Glen Ellyn, IL

Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee 

2015

Elevate Gallery, Glen Ellyn, IL

Elaine Erickson Gallery, Milwaukee

Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee 

Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT

2014

Elevate Gallery, Glen Ellyn, IL

Elaine Erickson Gallery, Milwaukee 

Mullaly’s Gallery, Elk Rapids, MI 

2013

Elaine Erickson Gallery, Milwaukee

Mullaly’s Gallery, Elk Rapids, MI 

2012

Mullaly’s Gallery, Elk Rapids, MI

2011

Mullaly’s Gallery, Elk Rapids, MI

2010

Chicago Loop Alliance, Chicago

Art of the Plains, University of Nebraska, Great Plains Art Museum, Lincoln, NE

Horizontal Grandeur: Prairie Artists, Stevens County Museum, Morris, MN

Mullaly’s Gallery, Elk Rapids, MI

Soho Myriad, Atlanta

2009

Mullaly’s Gallery, Elk Rapids, MI

Soho Myriad, Atlanta

2008

The Artist Project, Chicago

Mullaly’s Gallery, Elk Rapids, MI

Soho Myriad, Atlanta

2007

Mullaly's Gallery, Elk Rapids, MI

The Fields Project, Oregon, IL

Fine Arts Center, Dixon, IL

Soho Myriad, Atlanta

BD Mallon Gallery, Geneva, IL

2006

Soho Myriad, Atlanta

BD Mallon Gallery, Geneva, IL

2004/2005

American Furnishings Artisans Gallery, Columbus

AWARDS

Illinois Arts Council Grant - 2014

RESIDENCIES

The Fields Project, Oregon IL - 2007

TEACHING

Group and private workshops:

Tools & Techniques to Add Cold Wax Medium to Your Painting Practice

Abstract Landscape and Nature-Based Paintings Using Oil, Cold Wax Medium & Mixed Media

PRESS

Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations https://www.coldwaxbook.com

Kane County Chronicle 1/11/17

COLLECTIONS

Hilton Hotel, McLean, VA

Hilton Homewood Suites, Pinehurst, NC

Marriott Renaissance Hotel, Schaumburg, IL

The Westin Chicago North Shore, Wheeling, IL

DuPage Foundation, Downers Grove, IL

Numerous private collections