Mark Green studied painting at Washington University in St. Louis and received his master’s degree in painting from the University of Delaware. Green lived and painted in Paris for seven years, teaching at Parsons School of Design's satellite campus. Green's paintings are done on board with a cold wax encaustic technique. His paintings involve invented architectural forms set in minimal landscape surroundings. The buildings and houses vary in shape and style and are subjected to differing conditions of light and weather. The work explores themes of abandonment, neglect, and presentiment. Green’s work is currently represented by the Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. Green is an art instructor in the Upper School at Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY.
The architectural subject is used as a structural vehicle to explore formal artistic concerns such as light, space, and color. Each painting begins with a predetermined palette of colors that defines the picture’s time of day and atmospheric conditions. Images evolve via a loose, painterly process that includes painting, scraping, wiping and over-painting. Much of what becomes recognizable and specific in the paintings originates from a set of vague, general shapes that are refined until a satisfactory degree of finish is achieved. A melted beeswax medium is mixed into oil paint to add weight, smoothness, and translucency. The various layers of finished paintings are fused together with a high heat element, sealing them permanently.