Greenville artist’s vibrant work featured at UPSTATE Gallery on Main

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By Lucy McElroy

Greenville artist, Mark Brosseau will receive the public Thursday at his exhibit, “Inhabiting Experience” from 5-8 p.m. His work will be on display at UPSTATE Gallery on Main until Aug. 25.

Brosseau’s paintings may come across as digital manipulations at first glance, but were created with acrylic paint, enamel paint, Flashe vinyl paint,  spray paint, and ink. The paintings were first mapped out on a tablet and are steeped in a digital painting language, according to the Dean of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Clint Jukkala.

“The dazzling, jewel-like quality of Mark Brosseau’s paintings can distract you,” Jukkala said. “The chromatic buzz and unexpected spatial arrangements create an immersive virtual world.”

First a chemistry major, Brosseau has felt drawn to exploration and discovery since childhood. He pays close attention to the differing, natural shapes of objects and their relationship to his own place in space.

“I use painting to ask questions about existence and learn about how I relate to everything around me,” Brosseau said in a statement.

His paintings contain layers of shapes outlined by various colors that become more apparent the longer you view them. “I invite the viewer to inhabit them, engage with the questions I have asked, and come away with their own questions about their space,” Brosseau said.

UPSTATE Gallery on Main is located at 172 East Main Street in downtown Spartanburg. The gallery is open, free to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 12-5 p.m. The exhibit will remain open until 8 p.m. Thursday for the artist reception during Spartanburg ArtWalk.

Visit the gallery’s website for more information.