Sisters Whispering, 2008, oil, wax / canvas, 40 x 40” ©M. Vincent
Dream, 2008, oil on canvas, 64 x 76” ©M. Vincent
Girl Speaking Flowers, 2006, oil/linen, 36 x 34” ©M. Vincent
Wounded Bird, 2008, oil on canvas, 48 x 54" ©M. Vincent
MARCUS ALAN VINCENT
Life is but a dream. So ends a familiar children’s song. Although it is a declaration of the carefree flowing of childhood, it yet poses a tenable position with respect to the question of what in life is real, and what is not? This natural ambiguity, or at least uncertainty, of the verity of existence forms the framework for compositions by Marcus Alan Vincent.
Frequently Vincent explores the material / non-material aspects of existence. There are passages of the composition that appear solid in a standard understanding of reality. Although in an interior earthly space, the familiar transitions to a loosely defined landscape where images fall in and out of each other. Spacial contradictions soften the ground of certainty in location and promote a dislocation of the familiar.
Symbolic juxtaposition of temporal and spiritual spaces, as though one could see things that are not perceived by mortal eyes, and yet are somehow naturally present, are prevalent in his works; they are more related to the aura or energy field or emotional state of the subject. The radiant pure energy of a white aura expands in concentric waves of sound modulation. These elements were not part of the original conception, but arrived in the process of realizing the works - each revealing itself in the course of listening and responding to the work.
Taking years in the conception stage, relevant sequences of life’s experiences are blended and distilled in an archetypal image that embodies the core essence of the emotionally and spiritually derived perceptions. A compulsive reader of philosophical and spiritual texts, the emotionally and spiritually derived perceptions. A compulsive reader of philosophical and spiritual texts, Vincent draws together ideas pursued by C.G. Jung, Eckhart Tolle, Jesus Christ, Buddha, Gandhi, Hindu and Christian writers and others - finding reinforcing currents throughout these texts.
Marcus Alan Vincent was born in downtown San Francisco, CA, but was raised in Buffalo, NY. He obtained Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees at Brigham Young University, and studied under Alvin Gittins at the University of Utah. He also completed an internship with figure painter Trevor Southey.
Vincent has exhibited nationally and is represented in the collections of the Church Museum of History and Art in Salt Lake City, UT.; The Emporia State University collection, Emporia, KS; and the Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT. His work was included in a National Painting Competition juried by Sydney Goodman in New York City in 1995. He was one of the invited artists in the Rockbridge Invitational, at the Armory Art Gallery of Virginia Tech’s School of the Arts, Blacksburg, Virginia, in 2002. This exhibition included Cy Twombly, Sally Mann, Robert Stuart and others. Vincent’s paintings have been included in a variety of traveling and competition exhibitions as well as 27 solo or invitational exhibitions across the country. Reproductions of his paintings and drawings appear in several art texts and many other publications.
Embrace, 2007, oil / linen, 70 x 40” ©M. Vincent
Crossing Over, 2006, oil/linen, 30 x 24” ©M. Vincent