MarkRafterArt

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Announcement    Thanks for your interest in my art. I am an American mixed media sculpture artist incorporating expanded polystyrene, cement and acrylics into unique abstract and contemporary sculptures. My work is available in various form factors, primarily the wall sculptures found here on Etsy and the occasional larger free standing sculpture. Each piece is unique, original and handmade by me. The look and feel of my brand is highly texturized surfaces created using a variety of methods and materials and an intricate color scheme created with rust patinas and acrylic paints.

My Story

I’ve always been an artist, making art of one kind or another since I was 10 years old. When I chose a career, I decided engineering had better job prospects, but I was compelled to keep making art. The source of my artistic style – and why I make this kind of art - has its roots in the college ceramics classes I took as electives for my engineering degree. I was heavily influenced by pioneering ceramic artists such as Peter Voulkos, John Mason and Paul Soldner. The expressionistic dynamism instilled in their work inspired me to develop a less refined aesthetic. I don’t get precious in constructing my pieces, I don’t make the sides smooth, I don’t hide brushstrokes. I make thick, defining shapes and edges, break off pieces, burn holes, pile on textures and then finesse the chaos as a part of the art. I continued creating with ceramics, developing my style until, after a multi-year tour of other mediums, I started sculpting with Expanded Polystyrene (EPS). The ability to cut, carve and melt EPS in nearly endless ways, combined with a broad array of options to texture the surfaces, brought me full circle to a clay-like flexibility without the weighty materials. I now build larger, substantive sculptures more easily than with just about any other medium.

My Art

Most art reflects something of the artist that created it; in my case it’s the synergy of opposites. My art is very expressionistic with free form designs, often created with wild spontaneity. But at the same time, it can be loaded with highly crafted and stylized details, allowing the viewer to have a range of emotional reactions to my creations. This comes from the abstract right-brain artist making nice with the detail oriented left-brain engineer!

My art embodies an element of renewal: the repurposing of packaging styrofoam into desirable works of art. That rebirth is a part of my own story: a 30+ year career as an engineer, emerging now as a full-time artist, constantly working on my own growth and reinvention. My unique processes, combinations of materials and background all synergize to produce truly original contemporary artwork.

Art, to me, is a form of communication, a discourse with oneself: me with myself, in making it; you with yourself, in experiencing it. Making art is also my salvation. I am compelled to make it, I cannot NOT make it. I feel that it’s an extension of my own inner journey. In creating a piece of art that resonates, that really works, I experience a boost of absolute joy and want to share that emotional, spiritual and intellectual moment with others.

Contact me regarding commissions or collaborations. Also, please let me know if you want to use or license any of my images. I reserve all rights under Intellectual Property law but often grant exceptions for good causes!

©2015-2021 Mark Rafter - All Rights Reserved

Like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/markrafterart

Follow me on Pinterest at: http://pinterest.com/markrafterart

Meet me on instagram @markrafterart

I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations:

1. Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
2. Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery
3. Request a cancellation within: 2 days of purchase

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 3, 2021

Thanks for your interest in my art. I am an American mixed media sculpture artist incorporating expanded polystyrene, cement and acrylics into unique abstract and contemporary sculptures. My work is available in various form factors, primarily the wall sculptures found here on Etsy and the occasional larger free standing sculpture. Each piece is unique, original and handmade by me. The look and feel of my brand is highly texturized surfaces created using a variety of methods and materials and an intricate color scheme created with rust patinas and acrylic paints.

My Story

I’ve always been an artist, making art of one kind or another since I was 10 years old. When I chose a career, I decided engineering had better job prospects, but I was compelled to keep making art. The source of my artistic style – and why I make this kind of art - has its roots in the college ceramics classes I took as electives for my engineering degree. I was heavily influenced by pioneering ceramic artists such as Peter Voulkos, John Mason and Paul Soldner. The expressionistic dynamism instilled in their work inspired me to develop a less refined aesthetic. I don’t get precious in constructing my pieces, I don’t make the sides smooth, I don’t hide brushstrokes. I make thick, defining shapes and edges, break off pieces, burn holes, pile on textures and then finesse the chaos as a part of the art. I continued creating with ceramics, developing my style until, after a multi-year tour of other mediums, I started sculpting with Expanded Polystyrene (EPS). The ability to cut, carve and melt EPS in nearly endless ways, combined with a broad array of options to texture the surfaces, brought me full circle to a clay-like flexibility without the weighty materials. I now build larger, substantive sculptures more easily than with just about any other medium.

My Art

Most art reflects something of the artist that created it; in my case it’s the synergy of opposites. My art is very expressionistic with free form designs, often created with wild spontaneity. But at the same time, it can be loaded with highly crafted and stylized details, allowing the viewer to have a range of emotional reactions to my creations. This comes from the abstract right-brain artist making nice with the detail oriented left-brain engineer!

My art embodies an element of renewal: the repurposing of packaging styrofoam into desirable works of art. That rebirth is a part of my own story: a 30+ year career as an engineer, emerging now as a full-time artist, constantly working on my own growth and reinvention. My unique processes, combinations of materials and background all synergize to produce truly original contemporary artwork.

Art, to me, is a form of communication, a discourse with oneself: me with myself, in making it; you with yourself, in experiencing it. Making art is also my salvation. I am compelled to make it, I cannot NOT make it. I feel that it’s an extension of my own inner journey. In creating a piece of art that resonates, that really works, I experience a boost of absolute joy and want to share that emotional, spiritual and intellectual moment with others.

Contact me regarding commissions or collaborations. Also, please let me know if you want to use or license any of my images. I reserve all rights under Intellectual Property law but often grant exceptions for good causes!

©2015-2021 Mark Rafter - All Rights Reserved

Like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/markrafterart

Follow me on Pinterest at: http://pinterest.com/markrafterart

Meet me on instagram @markrafterart

I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations:

1. Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
2. Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery
3. Request a cancellation within: 2 days of purchase

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Video summary: I wanted to provide a short video on my creative environment, AKA: The Shop

Cutting, Breaking, Melting, Glueing, Texturing, Painting, Making ... ART

Art has been a part of my life for a very long time. I'm sure other artists that really pursue it as a career or passion have similar stories - I'm not special (just unique!). My Mom used to take me down the street to a neighbor's house for art lessons when I was about 7 years old. My favorite toys were the ones where you could make stuff: Vac-u-forms, Creepy Crawlers, Lincoln Logs, Erector Sets, Play-Doh (loved that extruder!) and more. I spent endless hours building plastic models. I took a lot of shop classes in Jr. and Sr. High School. While I finished my engineering degree, I took years of ceramics classes and then married a mosaic artist.

I finally decided to learn metalworking and how to make sculptures.
I have a deep curiosity. I love problem solving and having projects, building things. There are many similarities between engineering and art, particularly if you want to build a sculpture or piece of art that will last.

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  • Mark T Rafter

    Owner, Maker, Marketer

    I’ve always been an artist, making art of one kind or another since I was 10 years old. My 1st career path was in high tech but an artistic style evolved from several college ceramics classes. I never stopped making art and now do it full time.

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