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Mark Spencer

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Spencer
Right of Passage, 2008 Oil on Panel
Redondo
Redondo Oil on Canvas 72" X 102"
Orange_baroque
Orange Baroque Oil on Canvas 24" X 24"
Iron_moon
Iron Moon Oil on Canvas 42" X 48"
Expulsion_of_doubt
Expulsion of Doubt Oil on Canvas 48" X 48"
Harbinger
Harbinger Oil on Canvas 13" X 20"
Poppy
Poppy Oil on Canvas 9.75" X 14.75"
Redondo
Redondo Oil on Canvas 72" X 102"
Orange_baroque
Orange Baroque Oil on Canvas 24" X 24"
Arbinger
Harbinger Oil on Canvas 13" X 20"
Expulsion_of_doubt
Expulsion of Doubt Oil on Canvas 48" X 48"
Iron_moon
Iron Moon Oil on Canvas 42" X 48"
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expulsion of doubt, 2014 Oil on Canvas 48 X48
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Laocoon, 2014 Oil on Panel 18 X 24
Quick Facts
Statement

"The best of modern and postmodern painting is bound by the connective tissue of spiritual values. Mark Spencer’s art resonates with this connectivity; he emerges from a seemingly disparate lineage of artists including Odilon Redon, Max Ernst, Jose Clemente Orozco, and even Francis Bacon. Yet looking back at the crucible of time that shaped those artists great narrative tableaux, we can see and acknowledge the logic that produced Spencer and his contemporaries. This group includes Jeff Wall, Mark Tansey, Anselm Kiefer, and Vincent Desiderio; all artists who share a strong sense of the feminine, and who stand squarely within the mainstream of contemporary art making.

A survey of Spencer’s paintings and prints begs the theory that religion divides while spirituality unites people. At once formal yet psychological in their premise, Spencer’s images seek out sacred spaces where rituals of life and renewal are momentarily beheld in their eternal, difficult dance. As in every true ritual, a sacrifice must be made; spilling metaphorical blood as the most honest offering a human being can make to the numinous."

- Clayton Campbell is the Los Angeles correspondent for Flash Art Magazine, and the Co-Director and Curator of the internationally famous 18th street arts Complex in Santa Monica.

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