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Mark Van Wagner

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New York

Lives in
New York

Works in
New York


colorado college, 1979
The School of The Art Institute of Chicago

Representing galleries

modern, landscape, architectural, geometric-abstraction, abstract, mixed-media, enviromental expressionism conceptual

Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Oct, 2016 Dive In (Closing Reception)
Elisa Contemporary Art Gallery
Current Exhibitions and Events
May, 2016 Dive In
Elisa Contemporary Art Gallery

Sand has become an integral part of my artwork. Inspired by drawing and writing on beaches and watching the impressions get washed away, one day I decided to abscond with the sand and use it as the “ink” on my paintings. Having lived on the Island of Kauai and now on Long Island in Bellport, I am impressed by the variety of color, shape, and size of the grains of sand that wash onto the different shores. Over the years, I have collected and used sand from various places, incorporating this substance both under and over my painted, layered abstractions. In my exploration of different types of natural and unnatural materials in my artwork, I have recognized sand to be a profound symbol of the essence of decomposition -- matter in the process of transforming. Actually, a mound of sand and a palette of paint can be viewed as not so dissimilar, considering sand's compositional past and paint's compositional future!

While experiencing all the playful, childlike qualities that accompany one's first encounters with sand or paint, I delight in the investigational process of combining these two materials, each with its unique complex nature. As of recent, I am receiving sands from around the world, and using pigmented sand as well. It is my intention to use these, along with my paint, to create spontaneous, meditative, calligraphic expressions that reference abstract sculptural tablets or suggest biomorphic collisions, webs, circuitries, waves, the inner and outer landscape, and sometimes... the inexpressible.


Mark Van Wagner

Born in New York - Lives in Bellport, NY


School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL BFA 1982

Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO 1978

Selected One person Exhibitions:

2013   Gallery 125, Bellport, NY 

2012   Gallery 125, Bellport, NY  (2 person show with John Perreault)

2012   Lincoln Gallery, Naropa University, Boulder, CO (2 person show with John Perreault)                                                                    

2011   Kauai Museum, Kauai, Hawaii  (2 person show with John Perreault)

2008   Lincoln Gallery, Naropa University, Boulder, CO

2007   Timespace Gallery, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI

1991    Nancy Lurie Gallery, Chicago, IL

1989    Nancy Lurie Gallery, Chicago, IL

1989    INSIDER, Prairie Avenue Gallery, Chicago, IL

1985    NO MAN’S LAND, Body Politic Gallery, Chicago, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2011   Kauai Museum, Kauai, HI

           Galerie 103, Kauai, HI

           ORANGE, Elisa Contemporary Art, New York

           SPLASH, Sotheby’s International, Riverdale, NY

2010   Elisa Contemporary Art, New York

           AAF Expo, New York

           Galerie 103, Kauai, HI

           Art Kauai, HI (Curator: Neida Bangerter)

2009   Galerie 103, Kauai, HI

           Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL

2008   Timespace Gallery, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI

           KSA, Kauai, HI

2007   Timespace Gallery, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI

1999   COLORADO ART Juried Exhibition, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO

1997   EARTH ENERGY – A CELEBRATION, The Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO

1995   NEW VISIONS, Alumni Exhibition, Fountain Valley School, Colorado Springs, CO

           EYE CAFÉ, Inaugural Exhibition, The Dairy Center for The Arts, Boulder, CO

1994   A PASSIONATE PERSPECTIVE, Francis and June

           Spiezer Collection of Art, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL

1993   NON-OBJECT-LESS, Beret International Gallery, Chicago, IL

1992   MEMBER’S SHOW, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

           THE SENTIMENTAL SHOW, Beret International, Gallery, Chicago, IL

           AMAALGAMATIONS, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Gallery 2, Chicago IL

           GALLERY ARTISTS, Nancy Lurie Gallery, Chicago, IL

 1991   HUMAN, Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, IL

           BUY/LOW, Prairie Avenue Gallery, Chicago, IL

           FRONT & BACK/IN & OUT, Nancy Lurie Gallery, Chicago, IL

           BOTANICS, Gallery 10, Rockford, IL

          THE 11:59 SHOW, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL

1990   GALLERY ARTISTS, Nancy Lurie Gallery, Chicago, IL

1988   HATRED THROUGH THE AGES, Prairie Avenue Gallery, Chicago, IL

          15 YEARS 15 WALLS, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

           INVERTED VIEW, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL

1985   MoMING’S 2ND JURIED DRAWING SHOW, Curator: Hudson, Moming Dance and      

           Art Center, Chicago, IL                                                                                    

          ART EXPO, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL (Rep. by Chicago Art Moves)

          PRODUCTS OF SOCIETY, ’85, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

          THE SHADOW, Name Gallery, Chicago, IL


           LANDSCAPE, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL


2013, Going Horizantal, April

           Art of the Times, May

           ARTFIXdaily, October

2009   The Garden Island, PAM Woolway, - August 26.

          The Garden Island, PAM Woolway, - September 4.

2008   Mental Contagion, “A Meditative Approach To The

           Creative Process,” Sam Edstill, - May,

2007   Garden Island Newspaper, Keya Keita, Life and Style, Kauai, HI, - May 4.

1991   WBEZ NPR RADIO, Victoria Lautman, “Artistic License”

            BUY/LOW, Prairie Avenue Gallery – June 6 1991.     

           Chicago Tribune, Barbara Sullivan, Chicago Style –June 2, 1991

           ARTS MAGAZINE, Kathryn Hixon, “Made, Make, Will Make” – January 1991

           Chicago Tribune, David McCracker Review, 2.22.91

           MODERN ART AROUND CHICAGO, Potpurri: The Art

           Institute of Chicago. Lectures – April 23, 26 and 30th, 1991.


1991   REVCO Group, Ltd. Grant, for the BUY/LOW

           Exhibition, Prairie Avenue Gallery, Chicago, IL

1989   Community Arts Assistant Grant from the Chicago office of Fine Arts and The Illinois

           Arts Council, for INSIDER Exhibition, Prairie Avenue Gallery, Chicago, IL




Recent Exhibits

Mark Van Wagner participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2013 : Going Horizontal: Turning Painting On Its Side
Studio Vendome
May, 2011 Splash! Presented by Elisa Contemporary Art at Sotheby's
Elisa Contemporary Art Gallery
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Elisa Contemporary Art Gallery Studio Vendome
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