The images in this post are © 2007 by Mark Crawford, and are posted here with his permission.
Mark Crawford, who has made the Heights his home since 1993, is a painter whose art defies easy classification. Much of his work, like Garden Charade (shown above) seems to fit within the abstract expressionist canon, but is also suffused with an introspective quality typical of post-impressionists such as Vuillard and Bonnard. When I visited his studio in DUMBO during the Art Under the Bridge festival, my eye was caught by a large canvas covered by an intricate, lattice-like design, with the title Living Uneasily (see below). This painting brought to my mind some examples of Islamic art. Mark noted that he had traveled in the Middle East, including Turkey and Egypt, and wouldn’t be surprised if that had affected his work.
A native of Chicago, Mark studied at that city’s renowned Art Institute, from which he received a Bachelor in Fine Arts. He later did graduate study in art at Yale, receiving an M.F.A., and after that moved to New York City. He lives with his wife and two daughters on Remsen Street.
Update: You can see more of Mark’s work at his website.