Mark White grew up in Centralia, Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Southern Illinois University. His graduate work includes studies in sociology and art. During his post-graduate work, Mark was able to study under sculptors Lincoln Fox and Valentin Okorokov; master patineur, Patrick Kipper; and painter, Albert Handel.
In addition to the meditative and mesmerizing kinetic wind sculptures for which he is so well-known, Mark White is a prodigious painter. After taking a break from oil painting for more than a decade, Mark recently started working with them again. He has returned with a fresh outlook and an ever-evolving vision of the world around him. As the world is continually evolving, Mark feels that his continual growth is an important pursuit.
“My creation process is serendipitous, following a certain line of experimentation without clinging to a known hypothesis. This process guides my art in many directions, including work with engraved patina paintings as well as wind-and-water driven kinetic sculptures. I strive to fill all my work with real and implied movement. I love learning and am always exploring my artistic boundaries, searching for the path less traveled.”
Multimedia artist Ethan White was born in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up in the mountains of Colorado. Though he graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in psychology with an intent to focus on cognitive neuroscience in graduate school, his interests turned to creative pursuits when he began to study dance. White’s passion for physical means of creative expression blossomed into an abiding interest in the visual arts. Today, his singularly diverse artistic practice includes sculpture and loosely abstracted, engraved copper and steel compositions, whose surfaces often feature patina finishes.
In many ways, White’s artwork reflects his enthusiasm for dance. From time to time, a seascape or landscape joins the imagery of his work—elements inspired by his mentor and father Mark White; indeed, the two frequently in conversation about their work and have collaborated on past projects. Ethan’s latest series of work, Evolving Figure, is a reflection of his observations of life in Los Angeles, where the artist lives with his wife Nikki, who is also a dancer.