BIO

Mark Abercrombie's work is featured in private art collections in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He has been awarded the "People's Choice Award" by the Durham Art Guild in NC. Mark was a resident artist at Pleiades Gallery in Durham for over 7 years. He is also the resident artist at the Chapel Hill Aloft Hotel. The Raleigh, NC News and Observer featured a photo of one of Mark's paintings in the Sunday Arts section of the newspaper's "Fall Arts Preview," as part of the newspaper's coverage of Mark's November 2018 solo exhibition. His solo show in 2019 was promoted by the Indy Newspaper. He also worked with Urban Durham Realty, as his paintings were displayed in their listed homes for sale. in 2018-19 Mark had 11 paintings displayed in the penthouse of the late architect of the Smithsonian African American History Museum, Phil Freelon. He signed a contract with the art distributor Kalisher. Mark is frequently asked to exhibit in various retail settings. An example is Acme Food and Beverage Company in Carrboro, NC. Additionally, he has been invited to contribute two paintings for permanent display at a new Duke University building (DCRI) in downtown Durham, NC. Mark is energized to have reconnected with producer, drummer, dj, "APPLE JUICE KID". mark has been asked to collaborate by providing paintings for APPLE JUICE's upcoming album "LOVE LOVE".

For many years Mark was an avid drummer. While he was passionate about drumming as an art form, Mark now prefers painting as an artistic expression. Drumming has greatly influenced his painting style - with the movement, rhythm and broad strokes that are used in drumming flowing over into every painting that he creates.  After many years as a drummer, Mark realized that to be a drummer in a band, he had to depend on other musicians in the foreground. As a painter, Mark is the drummer, guitarist, and vocalist all wrapped into one. When he started painting a decade ago, a new sense of independence became real to him, and he has never looked back.

Mark is drawn to painting for a number of reasons. Creating and viewing art is an exciting visceral feeling that hits him like a tidal wave, or at times there is a slow and steady response like a sea turtle swimming thousands of miles to its destination. Painting is an evolving journey. Mark experiments with ways to apply paint to a surface nearly every day, with intention, discovering new techniques and content along the way.  After a session in his studio he always feels more empowered than when he started. 

When Mark tells people that he paints everyday, some ask, “How do you paint when you aren’t inspired or when you have an artistic block?” “Creative blocks” have resulted in some of Mark’s biggest strides. He has trained himself to lean on and perfect his techniques during these times. Similar to overcoming writers’ block, having confidence that he can produce a meaningful painting without perfect inspiration, keeps him energized. 

While Mark loves creating, he takes exceptional pleasure when someone other than himself is moved by his art, and in learning that his work has a positive effect on others.

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