American (b. 1948)

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Mark Blaney has lived all across the United States and the Caribbean and studied painting and design at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Blaney creates paintings and sculptures with epic proportion that celebrate everyday people and events often with an underlying narrative. Says the artist of his work, “Painting and sculpting help me to look closely into the world around me and to find pleasure in watching the many forms lit by our sun. The movement and interactions among people, plants, animals and the weather are plenty of reasons to make things. I think the beauty happens when the viewer can enjoy the moment depicted in the work as well as the actual handcraft of it.”

Blaney’s style beckons to the important art movements of history including the American Scene painters from the 1930s and 1940s, Magic Realism and Post Impressionism. His rich painterly style has earned him several awards over the years including the prestigious Delta Award at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts and the Arkansas Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture. His art celebrates life, farming, industry and the magic of the sublime in the everyday.

Collectors of note include Smith-Barney Investments, the Bozeman College of Public Health, Duke University, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and several prestigious private collections across America.