photo: Tom Wheeler Photography
Mark Reep (American, b. 1960) is an artist and writer whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Art Collector, Bluecanvas, Endicott Journal, Metazen, Drawing Magazine, Word Riot, and many other publications.
"I draw imagined places. Small mysteries, new hopes built on ruins, dreams filtered through mist, distance, time. Titles suggest narrative, but leave room for wonder. I value exploration, discovery, and enjoy refining detail and depth at an intimate scale– So hopefully, my drawings offer interested viewers opportunity for further discovery as well."
Tools and materials include General charcoal pencils, Dixon Ticonderoga graphite pencils (Mark stipples a lot), Sakura Pigma Micron drawing pens (he sharpens those too). Strathmore Bristol Board,
dirty kneaded erasers, clean Q-Tips. A magnifier he forgets to use. Lately, bifocals.
“I don’t plan much; I try everything in-drawing. What works best stays, but traces of abandoned directions and attempts (often, many) remain layered in there too, and contribute to the drawings’ depth.”
A self-educated artist, Mark has exhibited regularly for seventeen years. He is represented by West End Gallery, Corning, New York, Jardine Gallery, Perth, Scotland, and Atlas Fantasy Art House, Carmel, Indiana.