Mark Reese describes his expressive acrylic paintings as his "sanctuary." Deeply emotional and boldly symbolic, Reese's work is an articulation of the visceral and the personal. He paints bowed figures and grinning faces; a faceless man with a gaping wound; a disembodied heart rising out of the gloom. He focuses on the physical and the most intense expression of human feeling possible. Each piece is edited into a pure shot of a chosen emotion.
Reese shrouds his works in darkness, often choosing nothing but a murky black for his backgrounds and depicting his figures in blood-red or indigo. His shadows have immense depth, yet ultimately they strip the human subject of context and emphasize their symbolic meaning. Reese applies acrylic paint thickly to create texture and an organic feel, and frequently incorporates a dripping technique. His brushstrokes and shapes flow smoothly into one another.
Reese was born in Fort Worth, Texas and continues to live there today. He has shown his work in and around the area in both traditional and permanent exhibitions.