Abstract painting by Mark Brasuell

Movement Studio Demo Artist Mark Brasuell

Mark Brasuell will be in the Movement Studio demonstrating automatic painting and conceptual abstraction June 18-19 and June 25-26.

I'm not a stationary painter. I move constantly.... I often dance while I paint.

– Mark Brasuell

Brook Lundquist: What will your demonstration in the studio look like? What can you tell me about your upcoming demonstration?

Mark Brasuell: I want to start at least two paintings of pouring paint onto canvas and onto Mylar. I will also be doing some abstract drawings using an eraser as the medium. I will be answering questions as I paint and draw and I will be asking the audience for any input and any questions about my work. I work well while talking to people.

BL: How do you use movement in your artwork? How will movement be used in this demonstration specifically?

MB: I use my entire body to paint, including throwing paint and using my brushes and pencils. I also do drawings by laying down solid shapes and charcoal and then erasing to create action-oriented lines.

BL: How does movement help you to achieve your artistic vision?

MB: I'm not a stationary painter. I move constantly from what I'm putting on the canvas, Mylar, or paper, to editing what's going right with a piece; I'm in a constant state of editing. I often dance while I paint, not in an affected way, but definitely by moving my body with the paint and with the media that I'm using.

Image credit: Encepholopaphy, Mark Brasuell. © and courtesy Mark Brasuell.

Mark Brasuell is a Denver-based painter, sculptor, and multimedia artist. A Texas native, Brasuell obtained his bachelor of fine arts degree at Texas Tech University before moving to Colorado in 1987. Brasuell received his master of fine arts degree from the University of Denver, is a founding member of the EDGE Gallery, and has been an art educator and mentor for over 35 years.

Brasuell’s work is inspired by his personal experiences and he uses energy, emotion, and a physicality to create his artwork. Originally inspired by the work of Jackson Pollock in elementary school, Brasuell’s work has evolved from the traditional understanding of abstract expressionism, which focuses on paint, movement, and color, to include an emphasis on content; a form which Brasuell refers to as conceptual abstraction.

Brook Lundquist is a studio and artist programs intern in the learning and engagement department at the Denver Art Museum. Brook is working toward her bachelor’s degree in art history and studio art at Texas Christian University.