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Mark Bush
Columbus , Ohio

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As I continue to explore painting portraits I am beginning to understand the importance of the image. From the first impression, whether it be striking or inviting, to later contemplation, the image itself becomes one captured moment used to communicate a whole story. Relying on the unbiased eye of the camera, I also utilize the textures in my portraits to depict human truths like age, imperfection, and vulnerability. I focus on light as it falls on these surfaces to further convey the mood and tone of the stories I am telling.





born: 1987, Niles, Ohio



Columbus College of Art and Design, BFA, 2009


selected awards/honors

Contemporary Realism Biennial Juror's Merit Award, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2014
Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant 2015
Newington Cropsey Foundation Scohalrship: Summer Program at SACI, Florence, Italy, Summer 2008
Bacchieles Scholarship, National Academy School of Fine Art, NYC 2007-08


selected publications

American Art Collector, Fall 2014
Fort Wayne Contemporary Realism Biennial Exhibition Catalog, 2014
BP Portrait Award Exhibition Catalog, 2011
American Artist Watercolor, "Emerging Artists," Fall 2007


selected solo or two-person exhibits

Hammond Harkins Gallery: Mark Bush - London 2011, Columbus, OH, 2011


selected group shows

Manifest Gallery: Fresh Paint, Cincinnati, Oh, 2015
Fort Wayne Museum of Art: Contemporary Realism Biennial, Fort Wayne, IN, 2014
Hammond Harkins Gallery: Contemporary Realism - Four Visions, Columbus, Ohio
National Portrait Gallery: BP Portrait Award, London, England, 2011



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