Modern day Renaissance man Mark Meichelbock is a consummate artist who delights in overcoming technical difficulties. The pursuit of light is the guiding principle of his work. With oil paint, he pursues light in its frank and subtle manifestations of life and characteristic beauty of expression in the human figure and the countenances of women. It’s these depictions that lend a brilliant triumph to his art. His distinctively romantic approach to the femme fatale and female figure are testament to his careful eye which captures subtle nuances on canvas, lulling the viewer into quietude. His pieces beckon a meditative silence, and the viewer cannot help but submit to a state of hypnotic contemplation.
Mark realized his vision and dream of becoming a painter a bit later in his career. A California native born in 1974 in Palos Verdes, California, he began studying film at UCLA, but at the behest of an instructor there, he enrolled in his first art class at the California Art Institute. His teacher was famed figurative artist Shawn Zents, whose thorough, academic instruction would prove to be vital to his further growth as an artist. He would continue to study privately with Zents and the two remain best friends to this day. Soon thereafter, he would be invited to be on staff as a life instructor and would establish a reputation as one of California’s most sought after drawing instructors, teaching concurrently at the Institute and the Art Academy of Los Angeles. Mark left teaching to work full time for seven years as an advertising storyboard artist and illustrator for seven years, with countless clients including BMW, Microsoft, Twentieth Century Fox, Baccardi, Washington Mutual, and Capital One. However, it was not until 2007 that Mark abandoned his professional commercial career and awakened to his life –long dream of becoming a full time easel painter, returning to his academic life drawing roots and reigniting a long lost passion for his craft. A naturalist painter, his aesthetic sensibilities are grounded in late 18th century European art, most prominently the works of John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, Maxfield Parrish, Vermeer, and J.W Waterhouse. He first experimented with painting alla prima in color with oils in early 2007, the results of work since that two-year period can be viewed on his upcoming website, www.markmeichelbock.com. Realizing that dream, he has now shifted into a new career as a fine artist and gallery painter. His work has been invited to appear in the International Museum of Contemporary Masters Salon International for their 2007 and 2008 exhibitions at Greenhouse Gallery In San Antonio, Texas. Quite recently, his work has been attracting the attention of collectors in the United States and Europe eager to add his work to their private collections. “I am not of the inclination to talk much about myself, or my work for that matter, but I will say that one comes to a point when he must discover what his art means to him, “says Meichelbock.” I think for myself it is elegant simplicity, the quiet aesthetic, while leaving any interpretation open of a piece open to that of the collector. My goal is to pull the viewer into my pictures, instead of them looking at the actual application of the paint , leave them with a sense of quiet, that sense of quiet achieved through the beauty of light and the subtlety of values as well as edges. My work may not hit you over the head with hard edges, big broad paint strokes, and bravura color, but that type of work quickly loses its immediate appeal with me. One tires of extreme things, the quieter work is the one that will sit with you longer and leave a more lasting impression, that is a quality I revere in the great naturalist painters of the past.“ Mark Meichelbock currently resides and maintains his hilltop studio overlooking the San Fernando Valley in Woodland Hills, California.