Mark Eanes:
The Passionate Spectator


DATES: February 2 - April 20, 2019


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The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes. Adept of the joys of watching, connoisseur of empathy, the flâneur finds the world "picturesque." — Susan Sontag, On Photography

As a painter, Mark Eanes enjoys looking at the world in all its richness and complexity. Leveraging his photographic studies of urban spaces from his travels, Eanes current work is an exploration into seeing. The camera is a lens to record a moment in time and his paintings bring them to life with vivid color, texture, and emotion evoking the visceral in what we see.

Eanes captures the world around him with a unique sense of adventure and awareness. Regarding his process, Eanes says, “My interest is to pay close attention, to glimpse-and then give expression to certain feelings and observations.” His art undoubtedly evokes the spirit of these glimpses, giving us a peek into Eanes’ complex world.

Mark Eanes is a painter, printmaker, photographer, curator, and educator who has spent the last twenty five years living and working in Benicia, California. Mark is currently an Associate Professor at California College of the Arts (CCA), where he has taught for over twenty-eight years. Eanes has shown his paintings throughout California as well as nationally and internationally. His past solo and selected exhibitions include the Parsons School of Design in Paris, the Applied Arts Museum in Belgrade, Serbia, the Cumberland Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee, the Documenta Galeria de Arte in San Paulo, Brazil - and more locally, the Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica, CA, the Pence Gallery in Davis, CA and the Hanford Center for the Arts, the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, and the San Francisco Center for the Book.

Image credit: Gordian Knot, 2018, mixed media on panel.