Mark Acetelli, ‘Figure 49 (framed)’, 2014, Artspace Warehouse
Mark Acetelli, ‘Figure 49 (framed)’, 2014, Artspace Warehouse
Mark Acetelli, ‘Figure 49 (framed)’, 2014, Artspace Warehouse

Mark was born in 1969 in Detroit Michigan and lives in LA. A self-taught painter, his works can be seen in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States and the world. Mark Acetelli’s paintings awaken the sense of exploration and adventure. They demand a new discovery. They reveal chemistry of complexity and spontaneity, lyrical abstraction of the painter’s marks, many of which previously lay hidden, buried beneath strong layers of self-taught expression. Those truths, first obscured and then obvious, aim to engage each viewer in the image, allowing each explorer to his or her own interpretation.

Mark’s artworks are inspired by the intensely personal introspective journey of life, from the ever changing complexities of love, loss, birth and death. His latest series is entitled “Absence and Presence”, pertaining to how someone or something can be physically gone, but the essence still remains. Capturing the physical mixed with spirituality on canvas. His application of paint is an extension of that thought process. His artworks are a product of continuously building up and tearing down, layer upon layer, adding and subtracting. A visceral dance between the conscious and the unconscious until the emotion is expressed.

Mark’s artworks in oil may be painted over four or five times with the past lying just beneath the surface of the present in each incarnation, adding to its overall dimension and depth. In his work he seeks to evoke a feeling rather than depict a defined image. Mark uses primarily oils, found objects, and encaustics to create thickly layered and textured canvases, with emotive bursts of color over an earth toned palette of which words, phrases and random thoughts vaguely reveal their message.

This artwork is framed in a floating frame with acrylic glass. Size and price include frame. It is wired and ready to hang. A certificate of authenticity is included.

Past Exhibitions and Events

2013 Shadows and Light, Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City, CA Solo Show, Southside Art Gallery, Oxford, MS

2012 Art Palm Beach, MW Galleries, Chicago Affordable Art Fair Los Angeles, Art Space Warehouse, LA, CA San Diego Art Fair, Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA Artspace Warehouse, Group Show, Los Angeles, CA David Perry Smith Gallery, Memphis, TN

2011 Art Hamptons Museum Works Gallery, Chicago Art Chicago, Museum Works Gallery, Chicago Art San Francisco Museum Works Galley Chicago Gallery 825, GEM Group Show, Los Angeles, CA Art Aspen, Museum Works Gallery, Chicago Art London, Museum Works Gallery, Chicago

2010 In Art Santa Fe Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico Mw Galleries, Aspen, CO Gallery 9, Outside the Abstract, Culver City, CA The Art Of Elysium, Pieces of Heaven, Los Angeles, CA Gallery 825, W. Hollywood, CA Los Angeles Art Association, GEM, W. Hollywood, CA The Affordable Art Fair, New York City Fall 2010, NY Pipeline For A Cure, San Diego, CA

Left Coast Galleries, Bulls & Matadors, Studio City, CA Pharmaka “The Man Show” “Two Person Show” Los Angeles The Whole 9 Gallery, Fearless Leaders, Culver City, CA Left Coast Gallery, Bronze and Brushstrokes, Studio City, CA MW Galleries, Aspen, CO

Pharmaka, “Marks on Paper”, Los Angeles, CA Dale Youngman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Left Coast Galleries, Studio City, CA Museum Works Gallery Aspen, CO Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City, CA Industry Color ”Young L.A.” Culver City, CA New Mark Gallery, New York, NY

2007 Museum Work Gallery, Aspen, CO Lawrence Asher Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City, CA Bert Green, Los Angeles, CA Red Dot Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Pharmaka Gallery “L.A Ethos,” Los Angeles, CA Ambrogi/Castanier Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

2006 Lurie Gallery, Studio City, CA Michael Josephs Gallery, Wilton Manors, Fl

2005 Lurie Gallery, Studio City, CA Studio Blue Promotions, Brentwood, CA

2004 Melrose lightspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Lurie Gallery, Los Angeles, CA New York International Art Expo, New York , NY Art Miami, Miami, FL Artfront Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Track 16 Gallery, Hollywood Bowl/Frank Geary, Sphere Project Create Fixate, Los Angeles, CA

2003 Guardian Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Art Coalition, Los Angeles, CA Chaz Dean Studio, Hollywood, CA

Recent/Upcoming Art Fairs Art San Diego Houston Art Fair Affordable Art Fair, NY Art London Art Aspen Art Hamptons San Francisco Art Fair Art Chicago

Signature: Signed on front

About Mark Acetelli

Using oil paints and found objects that he builds up and scrapes away to create layered, textured compositions, Mark Acetelli depicts featureless, anonymous figures that verge on abstraction. He has explored wide-ranging, universal themes including love, loss, and notions of absence and presence. Acetelli works in a palette dominated by earth tones, which he punctuates with colorful accents, and has said that he aims to produce works that capture “the elegance of decay” and evoke a feeling rather than a defined image.

American, b. 1969, Detroit, Michigan, based in Los Angeles, California; Memphis, Tennessee