A sampling of other work by Mark McKinney

The Patience Party

The Patience Party

12 x 9″ ink and watercolor on paper 2016 Signed, titled, and dated on the back in ink.

It’s Spring, But It’s a Resurgence

It’s Spring, But It’s a Resurgence

12 x 9″ ink and marker drawing from a bound sketchbook 4/9/87 Titled and dated on the back in ink.

A Blistering Pace

A Blistering Pace

12 x 9″ pencil, ink, and marker drawing from a bound sketchbook

4/11/87

Titled and dated on the back in ink.

Symbols

Symbols

12 x 9″ ink and marker drawing from a bound sketchbook 4/17/87 Titled and dated on the back in ink.

On Again, Off Again, But Never Erased

On Again, Off Again, But Never Erased

12 x 9″ ink and marker drawing from a bound sketchbook 4/16/87 Titled and dated on the back in ink.

Thrust Forth with Tentacles

Thrust Forth with Tentacles

12 x 9″ ink and marker drawing from a bound sketchbook

4/15/87

Titled and dated on the back in ink.

Abrasive Changes and Memories Inspired

Abrasive Changes and Memories Inspired

12 x 9″ ink and marker drawing from a bound sketchbook 4/13/87 Titled and dated on the back in ink.

A Sprawling Close-up

A Sprawling Close-up

12 x 9″ ink and marker drawing from a bound sketchbook 4/12/87 Titled and dated on the back in ink.

Mural in Riker Hall at Drew University, 1989

Mural in Riker Hall at Drew University, 1989

I lived in Riker Hall during both my junior and senior years at Drew University, and during junior year, the resident assistant allowed me to paint a mural in the lower level lounge. Unfortunately, I couldn’t step back far enough in the lounge to get a full view of my mural on the wall, so I have this nice big glare on the image. But you can still get a sense of the size of the mural and the style of my painting.

If I remember correctly, my mural stayed up on the wall only for the duration of the 1988-1989 school year, so it was short-lived. But it was still a great experience to paint this big and to have a public art piece.

large abstract mural by Mark McKinney in Riker Hall at Drew University, Madison NJ

Fallen Woman

Fallen Woman

15 1/2 x 12″ pencil, crayon, and watercolor on paper 1992 Signed, titled, and dated on the front in ink.

Scramble Tongue

Scramble Tongue

15 1/2 x 12″ ink, crayon, and watercolor on paper 1992 Signed, titled, and dated on the front in ink.

Not Denying Myself

Not Denying Myself

14 1/2 x 11″ ink, watercolor and colored pencil on paper

1995

Signed, titled, and dated on the back in ink.

Cosmo Wreck

Cosmo Wreck

14 5/8 x 11″ ink and watercolor on paper 1995 Signed, titled, and dated on the back in ink.

Untitled Collage

Untitled Collage

Measurements unknown, approximately 30 x 20″ Mixed media collage: newspaper, paint, and fabric mounted on cardboard (double portrait in top right is a cartoon image of Ronald Reagan with sunglasses) 1987 Signed in upper left in ink. This work no longer exists.

Garage door mural, Minneapolis, 1987

Garage door mural, Minneapolis, 1987

I came home from my freshman year of college in the summer of 1987 all ramped up to make art. I had completed my first year of studying art history in classes and exploring cutting edge art in New York City on the weekends, and I had plenty of ideas for art works I wanted to create. I don’t recall what gave me the idea to suggest painting a mural on our garage door, but much to my surprise, my Dad said yes, and pretty much let me go and paint whatever I wanted. I’m sure he was as confused by the final result as our neighbors, who asked me: “what is that, an ostrich with its head in the sand?” (the answer to which is a resounding “no,” but I’ll leave it at that). But my family was fine with it, and the other neighbors were generally kind with complimentary remarks as they drove down our alley and past this curiosity.

My parents actually left the mural intact for several years, even after I graduated from college and was no longer coming home on a regular basis, so perhaps they enjoyed having it there …? The paint eventually started flaking due to the long exposure to the Minnesota elements, so my Dad eventually painted over it with a solid color rather than try to restore it, which was fine with me. It was fun – and challenging – to paint something this big.

large abstract mural by Mark McKinney