Mark Cleveland

Mark Cleveland

Biographical Info Mark B. Cleveland is a contemporary visual artist exploring the unique beauty and connectedness we share in everyday life represented in contemporary urban and natural landscapes in Oil. His work echoes the “Ashcan School” of Post-Impressionist American Art. He is best known for his gritty, street level urban cityscapes which employ traditional use of underpainting and glazing techniques to create a rich depth of color and perspective in otherwise unlikely settings. An avid fly fisherman, he began his career by contributing detailed illustrations to outdoor fishing magazines. A graduate of Northwestern University, he attended classes at the “American Academy of Art" where he focused on use of color and composition. Currently, the artist is exploring the traditional techniques used "en Plein Air" provided through the Palette & Chisel Academy and Plein Air Painters of Chicago. He is also an accomplished stained glassier which heavily influences the way he captures the spiritual element of light in his work. As a young man he was adopted by a Native American spiritual elder who encouraged him to explore that part of his heritage. This passionate and rich journey led to decades of service to the Native American Community, an intimate immersion in wilderness and Indigenous culture. This foundation continues to influence his work as an accomplished artist and world musician. Affiliations & Roles Program Director Evanston Plein Air Festival 2022, Co- Director: Plein Air Painters of Chicago, Member: Oil Painters of America, Palette & Chisel Academy of Chicago, the Northshore Art League, Elliot Donnelley Trout Unlimited, Trickster Native American Cultural Center, Evanston-made

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