Illustrator Mark Weber in Residence
January 28 – 30, 2015 Bacon Gallery
Reception for Mark Weber and Ian Brill Friday, January 30, 5 to 8 p.m.
Artists painting with speed and abandon are a common trope in film and television—but in real life, where thought and control are essential to good work, the process of painting is generally at a much slower speed. In January, Museum visitors have an opportunity to watch a live artist who works at a pretty quick pace.
Erie native Mark Weber is one of those rare artists who can actually work quickly and assuredly to produce completed works in relatively short time. In this special project, Weber creates a body of new work while in residence at the Museum for three days, drawing and painting with ink, pencil and watercolor. Visitors can observe Weber as he works in the Bacon Gallery during Museum hours and are invited to attend a special reception at which the resulting works will be displayed and offered for sale.
Mark Weber’s whimsical illustrations enhance newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and Europe, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Wall Street Journal. His many commercial clients include American Eagle Outfitters, Saucony Shoes, and Weight Watchers. His creations also grace the pages of many children’s books, including Roaring Boring Alice, The Pirate Princess and other Fairy Tales, Paul Bunyan, Little Toot and the Lighthouse (commemorating the 50th anniversary of Hardie Gramatky’s original children’s book), and Letters Home. Weber currently maintains his studio in Wilmington, North Carolina where he lives with his wife and stepdaughter.