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 Mark Bangerter  (1951 - )

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Lived/Active: Utah/Idaho      Known for: genre, figure, landscape painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:

The following biographical information has been provided by Bob Miller, a friend and collector of the artist's work:

Mark's subjects and style and other distinctive characteristics to his works of art are best known for his feverish and featherish brush strokes with his qualities of light in his back grounds, which leave his viewers with mind wandering imaginations,... all the while the viewers are viewing distinctive images throughout his works of art. These I believe are remnants of his mind and soul,... of his brush strokes applied as if in a painterly trance, as if he were controlled by a higher power.
 
Most all of his works of art is portraiture, landscapes, nudes and nude studies, buildings, street scenes, while quite a few looking to be in a futuristic style of his own.


Education:
EFA - University of Utah - 1976; Chicago Art Institute - 1976 MFA; University of Utah - 1982

Teaching:
Part-time Faculty - Weber State College 1981-82
University of Utah Teaching Apprenticeship - 1981-82
Part-time Faculty - Boise State University - 1985
Associate Professor - Southern Utah University - 1985-88

Exhibitions:
Gladendiels, One Man Show, Salt Lake City, Utah - 1977
Davis County Annual, Utah - 1981-86
Springville April Salon - 1981-86
University of Utah Thesis Exhibit - 1982
Alvin Gittens Retrospective, S.L.C., Utah - 1983
Utah State Capitol, Works by Artist - 1984
Morrison Center, One Man Exhibit, Boise, Idaho - 1985
National Print Makers Exhibit, Logan, Utah - 1985
Faculty Exhibit, Southern Utah University, Cedar City -86-88
Southern Utah University, One Man Exhibit - 1986
University of Utah Art Museum, S.L.C.,Utah 186-11 - 1986
Bryce Canyon Gallery Invitational - 1987-88
Dixie College Invitational, St.George, Utah - 1987-88
Springville Art Museum, Utah, Self Portrait Exhibit - 1987
Pensacola International, Pensacola, Florida - 1987
Braithwaite Art Museum, Four Man Watercolor Exhibit 1988
Springdale Gallery, Utah, Yazzie and Bangerter 1988
Kimball Art Center, Park City, Utah - 1989
Rock Gallery, Farmington, Utah, One Man Exhibit 1989
Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, Washington, One Man 1990
Brown's Gallery, Boise, Idaho, One Man Exhibit - 1990
Centennial Awards Exhibit, Boise, Idaho, One Man 1990
Boise State University, Invitational, Idaho - 1990
First Security Bank, One Man Exhibit - 1991-92
Piper Jaffray and Hopwood, Boise, Idaho, One Man -1992
Davis Wright Tremaine, Boise, Idaho, One Man Exhibit 1991
Brushkin Gallery, Port Townsend, Washington, One Man 1991
Boise River Festival Invitational, Boise, Idaho -'1991
Gulf Council Countries Tenth Anniversary Invitational, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - 1991
Al Mananhil, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, One Man Exhibit - 1991
Saint Michaells, Boise, Idaho, One Man Exhibit - 1992
City County Exhibit, Boise, Idaho, One Man Exhibit - 1993
Czech Artist Union, Kutna Hora Museum, Czech Republic -1994
Stredocesky Museum, Czech Republic, One Man Exhibit 1994
Central House of Painters, Moscow, Russia, one Man 1995
Gallery am Ratswall, Bitterfeld, Germany, One Man Exhibit - Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah - 1996
S.K. Josefsberg Gallery, Portland, Oregon, One Man - 1997

Human Rights Exhibit Invitational, Boise State University, Boise Idaho -1999
Idaho Arts Commission. Awards Exhibit. Moscow, Boise, Idaho Falls, Idaho- 2000


Biography from Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts:
Mark Bangerter’s works have varied in his painting career of more than 40 years, from Academic realism to modernism. Working primarily in watercolor and oil, his work is interpretative and responsive. Strong black linear qualities have found their way into his most recent work. He uses the line to emphasize geometric shapes and to define form and composition. Composition in Bangerter’s work is built with the use of color and line. Eye movement is controlled and analyzed in a gestural attitude in his artwork Recognizable are his rapid juxtaposition of shapes and values

Born in 1951 in Salt Lake City, Bangerter lived and studied, receiving a MFA from the University of Utah in 1982. He relocated in Boise, Idaho where he worked in his family’s trucking business, painted in the evenings and nights and taught Art at Boise State University. Bangerter was invited to teach at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. He accepted and moved south to his “favorite part of the world“. In a short 3 years the vagabond blood in his veins began to boil, he bought an Astro Van, went to Park City and picked up a 1951 traveler trailer from the top of a mountain, shooed out the flies and mice, rebuilt the caved in roof, painted the interior white and hit the road for 5 years traveling and painting extensively throughout Southern Utah and the west coast. In quest of an artist’s life and career, he then moved to Chicago and by invitation as a portrait painter, to Saudi Arabia. In the following years Bangerter traveled to Cezch Republic, painted there for a year and was drawn to Moscow and St Petersburg Russia for more than a year. While in Czech he was invited to be an honorary member of The Czech Artists Union, which gave him his 1st Museum Exhibit and in Russia exhibited in the prestigious Central House of Painters. The body of work he created was moved to Potsdam Germany and exhibited in Gallery am Ratswell, receiving much praise and positive reviews.

Bangerter’s travels and unorthodox life reaped and inflicted upon him many unusual experiences that influence his art. Upon Mark’s return to the United States in 1998 and eventually back to Boise, where his two Sons were living, Mark permanently lost the sight in his left eye in a near death assault and spent many months recovering from the brutal attack. Mark stopped painting. His art stopped. Nine years later he came back to the life as an artist, again painting, exhibiting and writing.

In 2009 the term Neo-Composition was used to describe the work of Mark, his son Jack and a few fellow artists and painters working in watercolor as their primary medium.

Bangerter explains:
“As artists we are constantly trying to explore new ways not only to express but to perceive as well. Over the past few years we have been painting together as father and son and as colleagues. Through constant communication about what and why we are painting we have developed what is being called Neo-Compositionalism. This does not refer to the style in which we paint, though many observers see obvious similarities, but rather to a set of ideals where the ultimate objective is to explain the world around us through our own unique manners of perception. We call this content, and it is lacking in the traditional Plein Air approach. As Neo-Compositionalists we rely not strictly on what we see in an environment, but what we hear, what we do, what we think and say. These become as appropriate subject matter in a landscape as physical natural elements. This approach then creates a necessity to compose an image that visually expresses the elements that are less visible yet just as real. Through this mode of perception and expression we create imagery that represents a place in time, our contemporary world.”

Neo-Comp: A movement in art that focuses on content, composition, and juxtaposition rather than adhering to any form of realism.  “We, the Neo-Comps, respond with our art in unencumbered and impromptu spewing, using tools earned and learned.”

By Mark Bangerter

Submitted by Paul Bingham
Maynard Dixon Property
2200 South State Street
Mount Carmel, UT 84755
435 648-2653


Biography from Maynard Dixon Living History Museum:

After returning from traveling and painting abroad in Russia, the Czech Republic and Germany, Bangerter was attacked by a man on an April 1998 evening in a Boise, Idaho club. Calling it "an unlucky encounter", the artist had to undergo several reconstructive surgeries and has been blind in one eye ever since.

He turned to filmmaking for a while and made several short films in black and white, one of them titled Suicide.  About a decade after that fateful night, he once again picked up the paintbrush and began painting in a more abstract style with strong colors.  He switched mediums to watercolor and began taking trips for his landscape inspired works.  He has traveled down the Oregon Coast, to the Tetons, Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Southern Utah Escalante, Torrey, and Boulder back through the Vermillion Cliffs and into Page, Arizona.


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