Mark Lang: Paintings as Props

Mark Lang’s paintings play on the history of art, using paintings as integral props. “The onlooker has a special sense that the museum gallery site is itself the spectacle and we are all just players on this stage,” says critic John K. Grande.

There is art in Lang’s art and it is literally painted into the picture. An endless series of references to historically significant paintings and painters make you aware that you are participating in a kind of voyeuristic behavior. – Galerie de Bellefeuille

Mark Lang was born in Red Deer, Alberta and now is based in Montreal. He’s a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, and The School of Visual Arts in New York City.  He worked through the ’90s as a freelance illustrator for many well known publications in The United States and Canada, and began exhibiting as a painter in 1995. He has been supported by the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec, and is a three-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant.

More about Mark Lang here.

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  1. These are wonderfully thought provoking to me… I am always thinking about how Big Book art history can wind its way into images and become contemporary, (or is it how contemporary art can reference art history in a meaningful way?)… anyway, I love his painting!


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