Dawson City, Yukon
Mark Preston began studying silver carving under renowned Gitksan artist Phil Janzé while attending K’san in Hazelton, BC. He then began learning the techniques of wood carving. Mark is a multidisciplinary artist who works in a variety of mediums. His contemporary pieces are inspired by minimalism and abstraction.
Mark recontextualizes Northwest Coast formline shapes by making precise cutouts into panels, thus turning traditional shapes into negative space. His minimalist, all-white motif symbolizes clarity, peacefulness, and open-mindedness. In this same vein, many of Mark’s pieces are purposely left untitled to allow for open interpretation of their meanings.
Mark Preston cites European masters Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci as early influences, though works by Picasso, Mark Rothko, and Northwest Coast artists like Bill Reid, Robert Davidson, Roy Vickers, and Ted Harrison, have served to influence his more recent works.
2016 – Void, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
2016 – Divergent Convergence, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
2015 – Metamorphosis: Chris Paul and Mark Preston, Alcheringa Gallery, Victoria BC