Mark Villarreal

My investigation of abstract painting encompasses over three decades. This commitment provides the opportunity to amass a library of symbols, shapes and an ever-evolving sophisticated color palette.  A tension and dialogue between shapes, color and line occurs, activating the canvas in a unique way. The mark-making is intentional and vigorous. The use of lyrical line can be consistently traced throughout the paintings, at times creating negative space or defining the interior of the organic shapes, juggling between transparency and opacity. The paintings evoke joy and playfulness due to the palette and the colliding shapes occupying the picture plane.  The current work shares their predecessors’ origins while displaying a re-evaluation of my formal criteria concerning finished artwork. I am challenging my comfort level and demanding from my eye an earlier commitment to compositions and color.

Individual images are available upon request.

Mark Villarreal Painting