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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

FEATURED ARTISTS: MARCH 7 .... Mark Streeter & John Hood-Taylor

Mark Streeter was born and raised in Memphis, TN. He has worked in the family construction business since the age of 15, but has loved creating things since he was a small child. Mark’s paintings are Surrealistic exercises that use the human form as a jumping off point into the explorations of color and form. They are influenced by primitivism, fauve painting, and expressionism. He is invested in a tactile relationship with his paintings, and often resorts to using the most primitive tools, the hands, to leave his mark.

John Hood-Taylor was born and raised in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee—home of the Great Smokey Mountains and Dolly Parton. Five years ago he moved to Memphis to attend the College of Art. He is graduating this May with a BFA in the concentration of painting and a minor in art history. Hood-Taylor’s series’ range from social-political abstractions to non-representational experimentations of various mediums and styles. Along with his interests in art, he is also intrigued with issues concerning mediocrity, Hollywood idolatry, Congressional double-speak, and mass cultural apathy. Hood-Taylor enjoys painting images that could complement any d├ęcor, yet finds greater value in his works that express current and reoccurring problems in our society.

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