Mark Bathen is a unique, surrealistic artist who captures a style of his own in acrylic and oil, describes his art as vivid colors with an almost dream-like illusion.
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1958, he began to exhibit an artistic ability as a child after his Grandfather gave him a pocket knife. He began carving small sculptures from a variety of wood and later became an award winning wood sculpture in 1983 with his Western Deputy on Horseback, "In Pursuit". He now chooses only California Redwood as the perfect medium to extract detail. His sculptures have received a 1984 First Place Ribbon, 1985 Sweepstakes award and 1986 Best of Show at Cisme Arts and Crafts Show. His competition included world-wide talents in extraordinary categories.
His further creative explorations led to painting and soon emerged award winning paintings as "Back Yard Pond", the 1992 Newport Beach City Purchase and first place in the Salute to the Arts Exhibit. "Back Yard Pond" was originally created as a Koi pond in his own back yard. The creation so inspired him that he captured it on canvas. His "Hidden in a Dream" placed third in the juried Exhibition at the Los Angeles Bridge where Bathen displayed his work in 1992.
He has traveled abroad and studied oriental brush painting in China, resulting in the "China Town Series", which was a fourteen part series earmarked for the L.A. China town museum.
Since then his pieces have found many homes throughout California, the U.S. and many other places around the world.
"There have been friends and loved ones who have encouraged and supported me through out the years. Without that, I may not have pursued my artistic ability so diligently and I want to say thank you to all of them."
"I believe you have to appreciate your blessings and give back. I have made many contributions by using my artistic skills over and over again. I credit God for my talent and success and feel extremely blessed each time I'm able to create a new and inspiring piece."
Mark E. Bathen