The forms in my sculpture are often derived from the garden: calyx, shell and leaf forms, and from natural history: human anatomy, the wave movement in liquids, crystalline structure and elemental geometry. I combine these disparate forms with my love of mythology, history, architecture and art to try to create formal structures that are poised somewhere on the edge between representation and abstraction.A note regarding the Mariposa series: The new work: Mariposa, Equipoise and Leap of Faith, started as a direct reaction to a trip to Barcelona and my first exposure to the work of Gaudi. From a skeptical and admittedly ignorant beginning, dismissing him as merely decorative, I began to be intrigued. After viewing as much of his work as possible, I found myself completely enthralled walking through the unfinished vault of the Sagrada Familia Cathedral one week later.
Back in the studio I started working with the parabolic arches and elliptical curves I found compelling in his architecture. A kind of kinetic hybridization occurred as these new forms married themselves to the organic winged figures in my previous Canopus series. Suddenly my previously static forms took flight.
A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY
Originally from Maine where he attended the University of Maine for his BFA, Mark moved to Pennsylvania in 1987 to study with Bob Engman, Neil Welliver and Maury Lowe at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts. He graduated with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in 1990.
His work has been exhibited in the James A. Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, the Skowhegan Retrospective at the Maine Coast Artist Gallery in Rockport, Maine, The New Hope Sculpture Center and in many regional and local shows. One of MarkĄ¯s sculpture commissions for a private residence in Aspen, Colorado was also featured on HGTV. His work has been published in Philadelphia, Bucks County, Nouveau and several other regional magazines.
Working primarily in wax, plaster and clay for bronze casting or direct metal fabrication, Mark's sculpture is usually commissioned on a site-specific or project basis and has been produced for numerous corporate and private collections, and many residential architectural installations.
Maintaining an active and busy studio in Bucks County, Mark divides his time between his sculpture commissions, varied residential and commercial design projects, travel and a constantly expanding perennial garden.
E D U C A T I O N
of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Fine Arts,
of Maine, Orono, ME. BA 1981,
Fine Arts, Psychology Degree with Highest Honors,
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME 1981, Langlais Scholar.
P R O F E S S I O N A L E X P E R I E N C E
Mark Pettegrow Studio
Ltd., 7412 Ferry Rd., Pt. Pleasant PA, 18950-0459.
1997 - Present
New Hope, PA, 1989 - 2000
University of Pennsylvania,
1988 - 1990 Graduate fellowship
Resource, Inc., 1985-1988 Founder, Visual Design firm. Clients included Cole-Haan.
Filene's and Co., 1983 - 1987 Federated Department Stores. Visual merchandiser.
R E C E N T C O M M I S S I O N S
Princeton, NJ. Custom carved glass, steel and bronze