Mark Eanes is a painter, printmaker, photographer, curator, and educator who has spent the last
20 years living and working in Benicia, California. Mark is currently an Associate Professor at
California College of the Arts (CCA), where he has taught for over twenty five years. Eanes has
shown his paintings throughout California as well as nationally and internationally. He has also
had solo exhibitions at the Parsons School of Design in Paris, the Patricia Sweetow and Michael
Dunev Galleries in San Francisco, Fairfield Center for the Arts, Dominican College in San
Rafael, the Mill Valley Arts Commission Gallery, and the Hanford Center for the arts.
Eanes's works have been included in selected exhibitions at the Applied Arts Museum in
Belgrade, Serbia, the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA., San Francisco’s Museum of
Modern Art’s artist gallery, the Etra Gallery in Miami, the Ruth Bacofner Gallery in Los Angeles,
the Cumberland gallery in Nashville TN, and the San Paulo Biennale, among many others.
Eanes's work is in numerous private and corporate collections, nationally and internationally.
My interest is to pay close attention, to glimpse - and then give expression to
certain feelings and observations. In recent years I have turned to photography
in order to exercise and strengthen another muscle for seeing. My current work
reflects a keen interest in the surface history of the ancient walls, portals and
alleyways I witnessed while recently traveling to Napoli, Italy and Palermo, Sicily.
My working process consists of many layers...time and material.
In the studio I move from knowing to not knowing.
From reckless abandon to careful consideration.
The act is never tedious or boring,
for I feel as though I am always betting the house on the final outcome.
My favorite moment is when the conversation is over.
That can take days, weeks, even months.
The moment of conclusion is to know there is nothing more to be done -
that everything I could possibly say
has been said, and at last I can step away
and think to myself, this works.
The act of painting is the act of discovery.
It is adventurous.
It is arduous.
Ultimately the joy is in the doing.
The making of the thing.
The work itself.