“I describe my work as painterly realism,” states Mark Literski. “The viewer can usually recognize the subjects in my work, but the buildup of paint itself and the manner in which it is applied are just as important to the final image as is the subject. I tend to lay oil paint down in thick applications, usually with palette knives. I like the way colors retain their purity with knives when I build up layers of wet paint. I spend a fair amount of time moving paint around, scraping it off and building up successive layers, until I arrive at the final image. I’m no different from most other artists; I paint the things I like, the things I know and find interesting. Often, this means landscapes, typically but not exclusively Midwestern, both urban and rural.”
Mark, who studied at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, is influenced by the work of many artists, especially the light, subject matter and abstract shapes of Edward Hopper, Giorgio Morandi’s simple subjects and restrained palette, and Stuart Shils’ paint application. His work has been exhibited at the Center for the Visual Arts in Wausau, WI, at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI and the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND.