Acrylic paintings, Manna Gallery, January/ February 2013
Works in oil on paper and board, Manna Gallery, July/August 2013
"Mark Lightfoot: New Directions",Los Gatos Museum of Art, Los Gatos, California. August-October 2009
"Chandras, Feinstein, Lightfoot",Stanford Art Spaces, Stanford University, California. April-June 2010
"Artistic Transformations",Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Oakland, California. June-July 2010
"Dancer", Artprize, Campau Square Plaza, Grand Rapids, Michigan. September-October 2010
"Painters X3",San Pablo Arts Gallery, San Pablo, California. November 2010 - January 2011
"Terra Entwined", Art Gallery, Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, California. February - March 2011
"Come Home to Me...", Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Oakland, CA May - June 2011
GRAND OPENING, July 1, 2011. Manna Gallery, in the heart of Oakland, California's Art Murmur District. Myself and four artists have partnered to form this newest gallery exhibiting contemporary art. Our paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture will be featured in one- and two-person shows changing every six weeks.
"Fields of Vision", mixed media/monotypes, Manna Gallery, Oakland, CA October 7- 29, 2011
"Dancer",Installation of paintings and sculpture, Market Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA, December 5 to 30, 2011
"Holiday Group Show", Manna Gallery, Oakland, CA
December 2 to 23, 2011
"Artworks by Mark Lightfoot", Community Art Gallery, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Berkeley, CA October - December 2011
"Life of Forms", Mixed Media Paintings, Manna Gallery, Oakland, CA January 2012
"E=mc2", Installation and dimensional paintings, Manna Gallery, Oakland CA May 2012
"Virtual Biology", Acrylic paintings, Manna Gallery, Oakland, CA August/September 2012
My work is about my lifelong passion for and connection to nature. To convey the sense of mystery I find hidden there, I use its colors, shapes, textures and shadows as elements in my paintings.
Although seemingly chaotic, nature has its own structure. My response to nature's movement and energy as well as its structure is what connects and grounds me.
In the process of creating these artworks I recapture my original response to all that my world has to offer visually as well as emotionally. It is this wonder and beauty I want the viewer to see.
I was born and raised in Pontiac, Michigan. I attended the University of Michigan, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Design. I moved to the west coast that year to attend the University of Washington in Seattle, completing my Master of Fine Arts Degree. My thesis work was figure painting, with an emphasis in oils.
Since completing my graduate studies, I have exhibited my work extensively in Michigan, Washington, British Columbia and California. I won Fourth Place in the Mixed Media category at the California Works exhibition in Sacramento. My paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and handmade paper pieces are in private collections and public buildings throughout the west and mid-west.
For several years, I have operated my own business producing custom fine art for a variety of private and business clients. Art consultants, facility planners and interior designers have appreciated my flexibility, experience and professionalism. For my private clients, I provide art in a variety of media.
Please contact me for an appointment to view my work in my studio, your residence or place of business. Placing art for approval and financing plans are also available.