Mark Lembo | Artist

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Artist Statement


Even keeping to a simple palette, there are still so many ideas to explore and evolve with various media, surfaces, and techniques. Abstract art - and cooking! - provide great freedom and the joy of discovery through the creative process.

I feel best when bringing works to life that are distinctive, challenge easy categorization, capture the synergy of melding diverse media, and blur the lines between watercolor, alcohol ink, acrylic pouring, mark making and action painting styles.

The media employed are mostly liquid and may include acrylic inks, liquid watercolor, metallic watercolor, pearlescent inks, dyes, surfactants, and the occasional drop, or two, of alcohol ink. To date, my preferred surface to work on has been Yupo synthetic paper.

My latest adventures have been in the direction of print- and mark-making techniques, 'strip weaving,' montage and collage, as the mixture of different media and surfaces within a work seems to 'abstract the abstracts.'

Biography


Before coming to Tampa, in 2010, the initial, brief leg of my artistic journey lasted from 2006 to 2008 while I was living in southern California. I am mostly self-taught but did attend a series of watercolor classes by Joe Stoddard at the Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre, CA, as well as seminars with Robert Burridge and Marciano Martinez. During that time, my work was accepted to a dozen juried exhibitions across the country.

Personal and career opportunities led us to Tampa, and with them changed priorities. In late-2020, I seized the opportunity to be fully focused on producing new works, building out a website, and nurturing a social media presence. Since then, my work has been seen at many local juried exhibits, shows and festivals, providing the motivation to continue this leg of the journey. My first solo exhibit ran in the fourth quarter of 2022 at the Corridor Gallery in the Carrollwood Cultural Center. Currently, over twenty of my works are on display through March 2024 in the Gallery at the historic Rialto Theatre in Tampa.

I am a member of the Professional Association of Visual Artists (PAVA), the Warehouse Arts District Association (WADA), Tampa Regional Artists (TRA) and The Exhibiting Society of Artists (TESA). In October 2022, I received a micro-grant from the Gobioff Foundation and a Professional Development grant from the Hillsborough Arts Council; and was elected a member of the Board of Trustees for PAVA where I serve as Secretary.

Exhibition History (CV)


2024
Metamorphosis: A Journey Through Transformation - Second Saturday Art Walk at Art @ 400
Art at 400
March 2024
Abstract Art @ FIVE DEUCES GALLERIA
Five Deuces Galleria
March 2024
Rialto Theatre Gallery
8-count Productions
January 2024
2023
Cool Art Show
PAVA
July 2023
MIXED MEDIA @ Five Deuces Galleria
Five Deuces Galleria
June 2023
Nationwide Call for WINE BOTTLE LABEL ART
Five Deuces Galleria
May 2023
CHEERS!
CloudFolios /Miquela
January 2023
2022
SMALL WORKS @ Five Deuces Galleria
Five Deuces Galleria
December 2022
Non-linear
Carrollwood Cultural Center
November 2022
Tampa Bay Coffee and Art Festival
Convicted Printing
October 2022
BLACK / WHITE (with a touch of color) @ Five Deuces Galleria
Five Deuces Galleria
October 2022
Splash of Green
Lakeland Art Guild
September 2022
New Year / New Works
Five Deuces Galleria
January 2022
2021
Abstract Instincts
House of Shadows
December 2021
2008
"Bold Expressions"
Northern California Arts, Inc.
January 2008

Awards


2023
Special Recognition
LightSpaceTime.art 14th Annual "Abstracts" Exhibit
March 2023
2022
Honorable Mention
PAVA
May 2022