Mark Wilkens: A Life in Paint
"I don't want to control the paint, I don't want to push it around, I want to dance with it." – Mark Wilkens
Born in America's heartland, Mark Wilkens' passion for nature and the environment blossomed in the sun-drenched countryside of the Iowan farmlands. Mark traveled often following his schooling in Iowa, Arizona and South Dakota, using the opportunity to visit museums and learn about different cultures. In 1990, after a number of years painting independently and working in graphics and illustration, Mark moved to Michigan which would serve as his creative home for nearly 27 years.
On March 17, 2017 Mark Wilkens passed away. This exhibition includes 25 works of art from the last three decades of his career, including a variety of watercolors and oils. It honors a passionate artist, whose commitment to paint was evident throughout his life.
Please support the Mark W. Wilkens and Carmen L. Nochera-Wilkens Endowed Scholarship at GVSU (gvsu.edu/giving/wilkens). All of the works of art in the exhibition are available for purchase in direct support of the above-named scholarship: gvsu.edu/giving/wilkensnochera-art-scholarship-fundraiser-530.htm
Mark Wilkens, Pearl Walk (detail), date unknown, oil on canvas
Mark Wilkens, Cold Stream (detail), 2000, watercolor on paper
Mark Wilkens, October Apples (detail), 1999, oil on canvas
Mark Wilkens, Allowed the Freedom to Do (detail), 2014, oil on board
Mark Wilkens, Pig (detail), 2006, watercolor on paper
July 12 - October 25, 2019
West Wall Gallery, L. V. Eberhard Center
Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus
301 Fulton St W,
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Gallery hours are reflective of the Eberhard Center, including changes made due to semester, holiday, or campus-wide event.