Nancy Dodds Gallery
7th and San Carlos
P.O. Box 6016
Carmel, CA 93921
" You look and look and look, and suddenly you get exhilarated because you're not only able to see-- but you have the feeling you're discovering these things--that no one else even pays attention to..."
In the spring and summer of 2013, Mark Eanes spent three months traveling throughout France, Croatia, Italy and Spain - shooting over 3,000 photographs of time worn walls, portals and alleyways. As painter turned photographer, Mark’s primary source of interest and inspiration was to be found in the oldest, medieval sections.... richly textured surfaces layered with paint and plaster, torn posters, graffiti, and children’s scrawls.
Upon returning to his painting studio, the impact of Mark’s journey is evident in his recent work, and the process itself. Eanes’ mixed media collages and paintings are
a product of many layers of charcoal, paint, paper and glue. Beneath the surface one can see traces of a long process that is very physical, even restless, in its nature; drawing, painting, sanding, scraping, scrawling, tearing, building up and tearing down.
As an artist, Eanes’ goal is to arrive at a place in the work of equilibrium, a harmonious orchestration of events and decisions, time and material; much like those time worn walls in Europe that reached their ‘angle of repose’ over many, many years.
Once you become a painter you can only see with eyes of the painter. You could say the same of the poet, the architect or the pilot. The language you learn takes hold of your dreams.
I see Mark Eanes’ paintings next to these photos and I see how similar they are. There is a kinship, an affinity, a flavor they have in common --the way food from a region or a country tends to be related; like members of a family, like friends and spouses who end up looking like each other. Some people say that a writer always writes the same book and what they mean is that it takes many novels or poems to be able to write the novel or the poem. Perhaps it takes a lot of paintings and a lot of photos to be able to paint the painting, to take the picture, to convey the sacred epiphany of the road we travel.
Mark received his BFA from UC Santa Barbara and his MFA from Mills College, where he studied with Jay DeFeo.
In addition to teaching drawing and painting courses at California College of the Arts for twenty five years, he has also taught at the following institutes:
San Francisco State University (painting and printmaking)
Academy of Art University, SF (drawing)
Dominican College in San Rafael (printmaking)
College of San Mateo (Figure Drawing)
Solano Collage, Fairfield (Drawing)
Los Positas College, Livermore (Drawing)