MARK WEBER: 20 Years of Painting|
oil and alkyd on canvas and board
May 2 - June 13, 2009
Opening Night Reception
Saturday, May 2, 2009
6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Mark Weber is local treasure. Since completing his graduate studies at Washington University in 1976, Weber has established himself in St. Louis as a prolific and visionary painter as well as a fervent educator. Trace the arc and development of his work over the last two decades in a solo exhibition hosted by phd gallery, MARK WEBER:20 Years of Painting. Nearly 40 of Weber's oil and alkyd paintings, in various sizes, will be on view from May 2 through June 13, 2009 with an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, May 2, 2009 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Mark Weber began his career as a photorealist, painting highly realistic images of plant life, buildings, and automobiles. Gradually he began using photographs merely as references and the paintings became less photographic. Over the years, those paintings evolved from images of underwater swimmers to amusing historical paintings complete with gold-gilt frames, and eventually to paintings of landscapes and sacred objects. Weber's images are no longer taken directly from photographs, but from direct observation or memory. In this way, his landscapes, roomscapes, and other images affect a less literal experience for the viewer by not referencing an exact time or a specific place. Viewers are drawn into the painting in their own personal way, on both a technical and spiritual level.
Mark Weber received his B.F.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and his M.F.A. degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He has participated in 22 solo exhibitions and over 50 group exhibitions. His work is in numerous public and private collections including the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Ralston Purina, Southwestern Bell, and Hunan Normal University in Changsa, China. Weber served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park for thirteen years prior to his current position as Professor and Program Coordinator of Fine Arts at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood.