Mark Abercrombie's work is featured in private collections in Portugal, Scotland, Canada, and America. 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"... applejuicekid.com ... Mark has been invited to contribute two paintings for permanent display at a Duke University building (DCRI) in downtown Durham, NC. In 2018-19 Mark had 11 paintings displayed in the penthouse of the late architect of the Smithsonian African American History Museum, Phil Freelon. The Raleigh, NC News & 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 located in the Piedmont of NC. He has been the resident artist at the Chapel Hill Aloft Hotel for over 4 years. Mark was a resident artist at Pleiades Arts in NC for over 7 years; this experience was invaluable as it shaped Mark's view significantly as to what it means to be an artist. He also works with realtors; his paintings can be displayed in their listed homes for sale.
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. Although, drumming has greatly influenced his painting style, with the movement, rhythm and broad spectrum of strokes that are used in drumming, flowing over into every painting that he creates. After 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.
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.