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On the Surface

On The Surface, a new exhibition of paintings by Mark Travers, depicts the beauty of water, sand and rock, but with the knowledge that change is at hand.

On The Surface • January 14-February 21, 2013 • FREE opening reception Saturday, January 19, 6-8 p.m. • FREE 

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Beauty is fleeting. A few thousand years ago, a philosopher once wrote, "You can't step in the same river twice." In a new exhibition called, "On The Surface," paintings by artist Mark Travers depict the beauty of water, sand and rock, but with the knowledge that change is at hand. Travers uses a strong color palette and powerful titles to deliver a provocative show.


Join artist Mark Travers and Art Saint Louis for a FREE opening reception of this new exhibit on Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. "On The Surface" is presented in the Art Saint Louis South Gallery and will remain on view through February 21.


As part of Art Saint Louis’ new Sustaining Artist program, we are pleased to present “On The Surface,” an exhibit of paintings by Mark Travers from his American Coastline series.


In his work, Mr. Travers seeks a different vantage point than that of the traditional landscape composition, finding inspiration in the shore as the tide rolls in. “When the surf washes in, it brings with it life, death, absolution, regeneration, and rebirth. The sea washes away impurities and creates endless second chances. You can learn a lot about life as a whole by watching what happens inside of a rectangle.”


Mark classifies his work as “Abstract Naturalism.” While he uses photographs as a resource material, he doesn’t paint from them. His works are heavy in design aesthetic, have the illusion of vast amounts of texture, yet are void of brush strokes, and aside from their mounting/final presentation, one might be inclined to believe that they are graphic prints... until you step up close into the universe that is this unique painting of sand and water and sea life. It is quote lovely and pretty breathtaking.


Travers writes, "Below the surface, the planet is under siege, almost entirely from man-made problems. My work reminds us to preserve what we love."


Please join us and the artist on Saturday, January 19, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. for a free opening reception. All are welcome.