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Mark Sharp

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Mark Sharp leaves his remarkable acrylic paintings untitled intentionally to give free rein to each viewer's imagination and reading of his pieces. He doesn't object to the audience finding figurative references in his abstract works. In fact, his studio practice oscillates between moving forward and moving backward, stylistically and within his color palette. Sharp's early performances as a pianist and violinist are reflected in the emotionality and aggressiveness of his evolving works.

Characteristically, all works contain bold shapes, often in black and frequently with enhanced color outlines, that serve as armatures within the works, like staves holding notes within a musical composition. Dictated by the speed with which acrylic paint dries, Sharp creates lines and planes of varying colors. He accomplishes further surface treatments with paper towels, his own hands or rags, evincing the works' palimpsestal nature.