Mark Gaskin

Mark Gaskin

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Mark Gaskin
Mark Gaskin (b. 1956, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) Mark Gaskin is a post-Modern painter who blends the effects of ancient fresco and mural art with contemporary subject matter. His fascinating technique – in which his painting surfaces are purposefully distressed – conjures the textures of prehistoric cave painting, ancient Roman painting, and Renaissance fresco painting. Gaskin deploys a number of methods and materials to achieve his surfaces, among them rolling up canvases prepared with gesso that’s dried to create craquelure. He then mixes his paints with wax to soften bright pigments – a technique known as encaustic. His subtle, appealing palette of waxen pastel colors and his contemporary subject matter then ‘fades’ into what one could call ‘faux-ancient’ painting grounds to mimic the effect of dreamscapes or misty places in the mind’s eye. The soft, cloud-like aura of his works is gentle to view, as if softened by the fog of time and indelible memory. He captivates us with today’s imagery, while alluding to the great, classic art of the past – Gaskin, thereby original in his message and method. The work of Mark Gaskin is welcome proof, if any were needed, that painting is and remains a major form of art in the waning days of the twentieth century. - Leo Rosshandler, I.A.A.C. Curator Emeritus, Musee des Beaux Arts, Montreal, March 1997 Selected Exhibitions 2018Chloe Gallery, Winter Art and Winemakers' Dinner, San Francisco, CA 2017Chloe Gallery, Art Market, San Francisco, CA 2016 Chloe Gallery, Art and Winemakers’ Dinner Exhibition, Freedom of Artistic Thought, San Francisco, CA 2015 Chloe Gallery, Art and Winemakers’ Dinner Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2014 Chloe Gallery, Art and Winemakers’ Dinner Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2001 Buschlen-Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada 2000 Art Palm Beach, Florida 1999 Art Brussels, Belgium Art Miami,, Florida Art Fair, Palm Beach, Florida 1998 Art Fair, Pal, Beach, Florida Buschlen-Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada 1997 Alexander Douglas Gallery, Singapore Trésors, Singapore Art Fair, Seattle, Washington Roberge Gallery, Palm Desert, California 1995-97 Art Miami, Florida 1995 Waddington-Gorce Gallery, Montreal, Canada Buschlen-Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada 1994 Buschlen-Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada 1993 Diane Ferris Gallery, Vancouver, Canada Dr. Vigari Gallery, Vancouver, Canada 1991 Patrick Doheney Gallery, Vancouver, Canada 1990 Gallery 56, Vancouver, Canada Atropolis, Vancouver, Canada 1989 Pitt International Galleries, Vancouver, Canada 1994-96 Lineart, Ghent, Belgium Selected Collections Heenan-Blaikie Law Firm, MontrealRuth O’Hara Gallery, NYC, New YorkScotia McLeod, Investment Bank, West Vancouver, CanadaPhedias Art Group, Calgary, CanadaLinmann Investments, Vancouver, CanadaTriology Development, Vancouver, CanadaMirage Marketing, Seattle, WashingtonMercer Capital, Vancouver, CanadaClearly Canadian Beverages, Ontario, CanadaDundee Bancorp, Toronto, CanadaInside Out Interiors, Washington, D.C.QLT Photo, Marlboro, New JerseyStarcan Corporation, Toronto, CanadaGreenline Productions, Boston, MassachusettsNorthern Exposure Talent Management Group, Ltd., Vancouver & Los Angeles, CATalent Management MagazineNapatree DesignHarvard Innovation Lab, Harvard University, Cambridge, MACorpsport, Chantilly, VAGestion Phila, Inc., MontrealJ.M. Telleria & Assoc., Miami Beach, FL
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