Artist Spotlight – Mark Perry

Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 6.50.14 PMWith the weather improving and most of us turning our attention to what is outside our windows, it is the perfect time to introduce you to the lush, vivid landscapes by artist, Mark Perry. Based in East Hampton, NY, Mark has some of the most beautiful light and subject matter to work with.

After many years of painting landscapes in a very literal fashion, Mark began to experiment with a more interpretive style and that is what you will see here today. Painting with both rags and brushes, and often in very large scales, Mark embues his work with an energy and sensitivity. Mark shares some of what is behind his art and his process.

PPT: What’s your artistic process? Do you prefer to paint during a specific time of day? In a specific place? Anything you need to get you going on a project?

MP: My studio is located in my home so work is always there and I work whenever time allows. When alone that is generally where I will be. Fortunately, I seldom have an issue with resuming work but I do have my rituals before getting to work… sometimes it’s just picking up the brush. Other times it’s cleaning or scraping down the previous session. Just holding a tool can be the right motivation. The studio is subterranean with artificial light, so day or night are the same, which has its benefits. I make abstract and representational paintings. When working abstractly, I try to clear my head of clutter and think about color and feeling, but of course I’m bringing it all to the canvas. Just like any type of work… it’s not always pleasant. But, when I come out on the other side,  doing what feels like doing something for the first time, every time, those are the exhilarating moments because I allowed myself to be vulnerable.

PPT: This may be like asking a parent which child is their favorite, but do you have a favorite color or spectrum of colors that you find yourself revisiting?

MP: The seasons are a great influence on my work and palette, like built-in structure. I try to go with it, noticing my palette is cooler in winter, getting hotter with the approach of spring with full weighted color in summer. I guess it’s natural that if the work is landscape-based the color would reflect what is happening around you. In the past, someone shared that I used a lot of colors, so I worked on having more harmony in a painting. Today I try not to over think things and just enjoy color if that is what I am feeling. It keeps my work as pure as possible. I love pink, green, blue and brown…did I mention vermilion and yellow?

PPT: What will you be painting this summer? 

MP: Leading into Spring/Summer I am preparing for a solo show in July at the Quogue Library in Quogue, NY. Most of the work is done but there is always hope that I will make my best painting ever. I am also recreating some paintings that have sold that I really enjoyed making. They are seldom the same… it’s more about a feeling. They are horizontal format landscapes out of my head and influenced more by color than a scene. With that said, they are grand and some have sweeping vistas, on an intimate scale. It’s not an official group title but I like to think of them as Sofa Paintings.Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 6.50.54 PM Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 6.51.28 PM Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 6.51.44 PM Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 6.52.17 PM Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 6.52.56 PM Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 6.54.00 PM Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 6.54.49 PM Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 6.55.35 PMWhile I adore Mark’s abstract landscapes, he is often sought after for his  bespoke home portraits. Perfect for an anniversary, housewarming, closing or moving…this is the type of gift that will give lasting joy. unnamed-1 unnamed-2You can always visit Mark’s website to see more of his work, but if you are lucky enough to be in the Hamptons this summer, here are two places you can find him.

Pop Up at East Hampton’s Ashawagh Hall, June 22-24

Gallery at the Quogue Library, “The Nature Of” New Work by Mark Perry, July 17- Aug 6 (Opening reception, July 22)

Elizabeth-signature

Ken Fulk at the Kips Bay Showhouse 2017

IMG_2656For more than 10 years, I’ve made a point to stop by the Kips Bay Show House in NYC. Mega talented interior designers, from around the country, take on the task of transforming a blank canvas into a show stopping space…all for a great cause. The year, there was one room that stood out to me. Ken Fulk’s dining room, for which he created a back story and a cast of characters. Set on the Upper East Side, circa 1968, Fulk’s heroine, Madame F. entertains friends and a menagerie of zoo animls that are seeking refuge in her garden.

Fulk is known for his over-the-top theatrics and his laser beam attention to detail. Both elements are on full display in his space, known as Madame’s Magical Menagerie. Leopards and tigers and giraffes….oh my!IMG_2655 IMG_2664 IMG_2661 IMG_2658 IMG_2657 IMG_2659 IMG_2660 IMG_2654So the next time you host a dinner party…channel your inner Ken Fulk and you’re sure to create a memorable experience for your guests!

The room is even better in person, so if you have a half hour, be sure and stop by to see it!

Elizabeth-signature

Linda’s at Bergdorf Goodman

ll3I remember the first time I saw Linda Fargo in person at Bergdorf Goodman. She was in the restaurant on the 7th floor, sitting in the robin’s egg blue “conversation chairs” by the window, wrapping up a photo shoot. After she left, the host sat us at that table. My mom and I were like two school girls we were so excited.

Since that day, I’ve caught a glimpse of her in the store, but mainly in the fashion magazines and front row at Fashion Week. She’s iconic. Not only does she have her signatrue silver bob and red lips, but she has STYLE. In spades. Which is why she now has her own stand alone shop within the store….Linda’s.

Just imagine if one of the most original, fashionable and creative tastemakers in the world curates her favorite things in the store and puts them in one place. That’s Linda’s closet! Located on the 4th floor, I now have another reason to take a spin through this fantasy-level, one-of-a-kind shop within a shop.Screen Shot 2017-05-14 at 11.00.34 PMhead_long_042917_01 l9 l10Screen Shot 2017-05-14 at 11.02.13 PM l12 l13Screen Shot 2017-05-14 at 11.02.37 PM l15 l21 l23 l24 linda ll4 ll7 ll11 ll12 ll17Screen Shot 2017-05-14 at 10.48.22 PMHow much fun would it be to try to walk in Linda’s shoes, literally, for an afternoon! I’ll try to get there soon so I can share more inside pics!

Elizabeth-signature

images: Matt Jones, Bergdorf Goodman