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About Mark Schiff -- Animated by photographs that reflect his personal life, Mark Schiff’s paintings are fueled by what makes him happy. Through his open touch and signature blending method, he lends his artistic perception to the original photographic compositions captured on his Leica.
Mark’s creative vision has been alive since he was a boy. As a child he spent his summers observing life as he rode the trolley back and forth to art classes at the Pratt Institute. During his future travels to Europe, Mark’s eye for light and photography merged with his passion for painting at the Jeu de Paume in Paris; which triggered his career in photorealism.
Mark is well known for painting objects that people can identify and emotionally connect with. His work is distinctly marked by a rich palette and the luminous range of light he paints into his compositions. Each painting is a true extension of his vision and can take up to 200 hours to complete.
Mark Schiff’s work has been commissioned by the well-known brands The Hershey Company and Tropicana. His private collectors include A-list celebrities and also corporate collectors in the US and abroad.
Possessing a strong philanthropic nature, Mark donates both his time and works to charitable organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Ronald McDonald House, Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Humane Society and the Special Olympics.
Photorealism is widely viewed as one of this century’s most exciting genres of art. When a photorealistic painting is viewed from afar, it looks like a photograph. Only when getting very close to the art does the viewer realize that it is in fact not a photo, but rather an oil painting.
Photorealism can also refer to sculptures. Duane Hanson is known as the greatest photorealistic sculptor of all time. Some of the greatest photorealistic painters include Mark Schiff, Richard Estes, Ralph Goings, Charles Bell and Audrey Flack.
Photorealist Mark Schiff was born in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, in a neighborhood known as a kuchalane, a Yiddish word which Schiff defines as a place where everyone (from the Old Country) ended up living on the same street, and most likely knowing each other’s business. His Russian grandfather came to the US before the revolution and both his parents were first generation American.
Even at five years of age, Mark showed exceptional talent. In the summer, his mother permitted him to travel by himself on the trolley for art classes at the Pratt institute. He continued studying there until he was eleven and the family moved to Great Neck. Except for a few art classes in high school and playing baritone horn in the band, Mark focused on other things besides art, especially when his mother worried for his financial future, kept insisting “that Jewish boys don’t starve to death.” His father made a good living as a production man in textiles so Mark, who had spent years doing the rounds of knitting mills with his father, decided to major in textile chemistry at North Carolina State.
ROTC was mandatory on his campus and he did two years in order to be eligible for officer status. He won the Armed Forces Chemical Association award and thought for sure that he would be assigned chemical work, but instead was made a tank commander and stationed at Fort Knox. Not exactly what his heart yearned for, but a good job awaited him at Sandoz, a Swiss company that made dyestuff. What perfect training for someone who would soon be working in wonderful rich colors on canvas.
He went on to receive his MBA degree from Hofstra University, left Sandoz and was hired to sell at a spinning mill. He liked it. In 1976 he joined Bennett Berman Associates and had an opportunity to buy the spinning mill Spun Fibers.
But what of art? In the early days, Elsie, his wife of fifty-two years, had a problem with the large amount of space his canvases occupied in their one bedroom apartment. Mark took up photography instead, which only required a small darkroom. Photography was a natural ally for his eventual return to painting in the photorealistic style.
It was on his second trip to Europe that Mark fell in love with painting all over again. The impressionistic museum, Jeu de Paume in Paris, renewed his passion and it’s been non-stop since then. Out came the brushes, but this time, he used his love and skill of photography, and built a style based on the photographs he had taken, bringing them to life with paint.
Mark was still not painting to sell until in 1990 when someone discovered and desperately wanted his candy bar (Sweet Series) painting. Mark didn’t want to let go of that particular piece, but was finally convinced to sell it and a second candy painting to this ardent art and candy lover. Two years later, Mark was commissioned to make three paintings of this man’s new Ferrari.
Some of the artists who have inspired his work are Richard Estes, Sandy Scott, Chuck Close, and Charles Bell. He appreciates the work of Ken Keeley, but unlike Keeley’s hard-lined/tape and ruler style, Mark prefers an open touch, using the blending method.
Mark’s subject matters range from candy bars to spice racks to soda cans and soda bottles. He photographs with a Leica M-7 and each painting can take up to 200 or more hours to complete. His palette is rich; his subjects, be it a fire engine or a pretzel cart, take on a luminous quality, always photoreal, but even more beautiful.
Mark developed his own technique for working with bottles by painting a canvas all black, so that the transparency of the bottles allows a wonderful range of light to filter through. The same light and reflection can be seen in the black rotary phone, (You Can’t Hear the Bell Ring), adding an edge of sophistication to a nostalgic, yet ordinary object
He has a strong commitment to meticulous realism. For his Sweet Tooth Series, he bought individual candy bars so that he could study them at home and pick up details that may have been missed in the group shot. He swears he didn’t eat them after.
When Meisner Gallery asked him why he painted, Mark answered simply, “I paint art that people can look at, understand it and enjoy.” He likes to paint objects that people can identify with, and have an emotional connection to, like Mickey’s Gum Ball, iconographic and beautifully resolved.
He captures the moment and more often than not, these images are representative of something close in his life. Every summer spent in Kennebunkport resulted in the 3DKennebunkport, wooden signposts painted in four angles and most recently made into a moving installation. He sees the moment and delivers it back for himself and the fortunate viewer.
Mark Schiff’s paintings have been acquired by many private and corporate collectors. His work has been commissioned by Tropicana, Core Corporation and the Hershey Chocolate Company. He has exhibited in Art Expo, NCWA in St. Louis, Focus on Art in Essex County and the Philadelphia Art Show. His paintings have been shown at Nassau County Museum of Art on Long Island where he won in the juried competition. Additionally, he came in second at a juried competition at The Sands Point Reserve.
Exhibitions of Schiff’s work have taken place at Russeck Gallery in New York, Paintbox Nolita in New York, Douglas Albert Gallery in State College, Huckleberry Fine Art in Rockville, Bella Arte Gallery in Midlothian, Chasen Galleries in Richmond, Galleria Portofino in Orlando, Pop Gallery in Lake Buena Vista, Sher Gallery in Hallandale, Millionaire Gallery in Key West, Effusion Gallery in Miami Beach, Creative Framing in Surfside, Around the Edge in West Palm Beach, Art & Framing Warehouse in Boca Raton, Gallery Framers in Boca Raton, Frame World in Boca Raton, Russeck Gallery in Palm Beach, Gallery Biba in Palm Beach , Black Pearl Fine Art in Delray Beah, Michael Murphy Gallery in Tampa, Gallery One in Mentor, Evan Lurie Gallery in Carmel, Atlas Galleries in Chicago, Hoypoloi in O'Hare International Airport, 1200 Images in Omaha, Gallery Rouge in Denver, Andrea Smith Gallery in Sedona, Skye Art Gallery in Las Vegas, Hamilton-Selway Fine Art in West Hollywood, Stone Art in Santa Monica, Village Art Gallery in Lake Forest, Art Center Gallery in Westminster, Dream World Comics in Simi Valley, Thomas Lee Gallery in Ashland, Avenida Galleries in Calgary, Galerie Zimmermann & Heitmann in Dortmund and Foxx Galerie in Zurich.