Lot 50: Mark Flood, ‘Sand Castle’, Acrylic, 2004
October 27, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Acrylic on canvas laid on board
Mark Flood (b. 1957) – American contemporary artist
Signed by the artist, titled, and dated on the canvas folded over the verso edge
Provenance: Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX
Dimensions: 60 x 48 in. (152.7 x 121.9 cm)
Very good condition
Mark Flood’s Lace Paintings are perhaps his most well-known and widely collected works. Despite the seemingly ‘slap-dash’ nature of his technique, the lace paintings are praised for their technical prowess and aesthetic beauty. He began making his lace paintings in the 1990s with the aim to seduce the viewer through self-consciously superficial beauty. They are created by applying lace to a surface and then repeatedly and meticulously painting over the lace in bright colors, and subsequently removing the dried paint; a process that creates a deeply textured and rich surface. The present work, ‘Sand Castle’, is a beautiful example of a large, abstract lace painting from 2004, and is part of a series that has remained popular to passionate art collectors since the 1990s that have valued as high as $250,000 apiece.
Mark Flood (American, b. 1957)
Texan painter Mark Flood exhibits frequently in New York, Texas, California, and European capitals, and his works are housed in the collections of major museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Dallas Museum of Art. His works are also found in several important private collections and are known either for a caustic sense of humor relayed that critique American contemporary culture and art. He is particularly well-known for his “lace paintings” which demonstrate intricate details rendered in shimmering colors and lace formations. He attended Rice University (1976-1981).
In overall very good condition.
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