He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.
- Sonia Delaunay
Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
- Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.


Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Mark Bischel

Posted by Charley Parker at 12:06 pm

Mark Bischel
Mark Bischel is another of those illustrators whose work I’ve encountered, but about whom I know little. His web presence is minimalist to a fault, consisting of a series of (unfortunately horizontally) scrolling thumbnails and the larger images they link to; which can also be navigated (fortunately) by forward and back arrows.

His images range from dark and thickly textured monochrome charcoal drawings to brusquely textured oil paintings to graphic and somewhat monochromatic silkscreen, and what appear to be ink and watercolor paintings.

As fascinating as the slikscreens are, it’s the ink and watercolor pieces I find most appealing. They have a a loose, fresh feeling, and carry the best qualities of an on-location sketch, with free line work and lightly applied areas of color.

A brief search for Bischel produced little additional information other than the fact that he is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts. He has also been in the Communication Arts Illustration Annuals, which is where I encountered his work.

Perhaps Bischel will update his site at some point with additional images and maybe even a little information.

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  1. Comment by jfm
    Tuesday, February 26, 2008 @ 1:35 pm

    Really Intresting!!

  2. Comment by Bernard Victor
    Tuesday, February 26, 2008 @ 2:50 pm

    I really like this work, particularly the ink and watercolour sketches. I do this myself and find it is a nice way of getting lively images.

  3. Comment by Sergio
    Tuesday, February 26, 2008 @ 3:58 pm

    awesome work!!!! cheers and thanks for the links!

  4. Comment by oakling
    Tuesday, February 26, 2008 @ 10:08 pm

    I like the open feel he gets by juxtaposing the tilted, crooked wires with the curving tracks. I almost want to yell at them to watch out for trains :)

  5. Comment by john reddinger
    Wednesday, February 27, 2008 @ 1:41 pm

    About a year and a half ago, I attended a week-long life drawing studio that Mark taught in Scranton, PA.

    He’s a great guy and as energetic as you would guess from looking at his drawings. He placed a lot of emphasis on gesture drawings. I think he lives in NYC, not sure on that though.

  6. Comment by RAN
    Sunday, April 13, 2008 @ 1:33 am

    Mark is currently my teacher at SVA, and I must say his work is fabulous. His energy as an artist and a teacher are quite inspiring.

  7. Comment by Charley Parker
    Sunday, April 13, 2008 @ 11:15 am

    Thanks, RAN. I didn’t even realize he was teaching there.

  8. Comment by Mark Forsman
    Monday, April 28, 2008 @ 12:42 am

    Mark is currently my teacher at SVA. One of the best teachers I’ve ever had. He lives and breathes what he’s doing and is passionate about it. I only have good things to say about him. Also, his most famous quote, “Just knock it back!”

  9. Comment by Charley Parker
    Tuesday, April 29, 2008 @ 9:05 am

    Thanks, Mark. It’s always nice to have the perspective of personal accounts.

  10. Comment by eva
    Friday, September 19, 2008 @ 10:35 am

    I love, love, Love your website. I check it every morning to see if there are new updates and also revisit the old entries when i have time. Thank you so much!

  11. Comment by Charley Parker
    Friday, September 19, 2008 @ 10:47 am

    Thanks, eva. Glad you’re enjoying it!

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