“If Andy Warhol and Bob Ross had an inanimate love child, it would be a Mark Nesmith painting.”– Rachel Williams, the Dallas Observer
“Impressionistic. Textured. Layered. Mark Nesmith’s oil paintings have the drama of all three, with one last surprising element: a wonderful stillness derived from his choice in subject matter.”– Cassie Rief, Empty Easel
“…expertly crafted work that walks the line between traditional and contemporary.”– Caitlin Greenwood, The Austin Chronicle
“…paintings with the boldness of a drawing with good line work and the scintillating quality of impressionistic paint application.” – Blake Bertrand, Off Ramp Magazine
Mark Nesmith spent his childhood days outside roaming the woods, bayous, and beaches of Texas. This emotional attachment to the wilderness of his youth forms the foundation for his vibrant and expressive artwork. Mark’s paintings are an amalgam of observation, memory, and imagination. Two themes dominate his work: the innate beauty of nature and the folly of modern man. Often populated by wildlife personifying human traits, these somewhat whimsical tall tales reflect his unease with mankind’s relationship to the environment and tackle subjects ranging from war and peace to consumerism and our society’s growing reliance on modern technology and media. Delivered with a dose of humor, his artwork exposes and criticizes the foibles and foolishness of modern society.
Mark Nesmith’s paintings and drawings have been included in exhibitions at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, the Museum of East Texas, the Dishman Art Museum, the Museum of the Gulf Coast, the Texas Artists Museum, and the Mesquite Arts Center. He has shown work in solo and group exhibitions in galleries throughout the United States and has appeared in American Art Collector Magazine, Art Reveal Magazine, the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, Empty Easel, Issue, the Lamar University Press, The Local Magazine, Off Ramp Magazine, Professional Artist Magazine, and VIP Magazine, and more. Mark’s paintings are included in private and public collections in more than twenty states throughout the U.S.A., and overseas in Singapore. Notable collections include the Dishman Art Museum, Duke University, Grant Thornton LLP in Dallas, TX, Kansas City, MO, and Wichita, KS, The Honorable Ron Clark, Chief Judge U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, and the Lone Survivor Foundation. He is represented by Dab Art in Ventura, CA and exhibits with Davis Gallery in Austin, TX and Third Coast Gallery in Galveston. Mark is currently the President of the Texas Artists Museum in Port Arthur.