Mark Lindsay Art is a combination of art and education. Mark is an exhibiting artist who also provides information to other working artists. So, you'll find his art here and also the art of others. Our site is a dynamic collection of galleries, art blogs, and a store where you'll be able to buy prints. Want to know more? Browse through our various sections. And come back often—our site is always changing.
Mark Lindsay has been in imaging since he was 14 years old when his parents bought him his first SLR camera. Shortly thereafter he set up a darkroom in his bedroom and has been making photographs ever since. He attended Rochester Institute of Technology where he earned his BS in Professional Photography in 1978. He continued on at RIT to complete the coursework for his MS degree in Printing Technology.
After leaving RIT, Mark joined Azoplate Division of American Hoechst Corporation where he developed and tested lithographic plates for the graphic arts industry and installed large platemaking systems at newspaper publishing operations.
In 1980 he moved to San Francisco and was employed for fifteen years at George Lithograph Company as a sales representative, customer service manager, sales manager, and eventually vice president of sales and marketing. He then spent two years as general manager at Lithocraft, Inc., a high-end sheetfed lithographer located in Santa Rosa.
For the next seven years Mark, as president of Lindsay & Associates, was a graphic arts industry consultant, specializing in digital-imaging workflows, sales and marketing, and strategic planning. At the same time he taught cooking classes at Tavola Festiva, his cooking school in Corte Madera, which specialized in authentic Italian cuisine.
In 2002 he left the printing industry and returned to graduate school where he completed his MFA in Studio Arts at John F. Kennedy University. His final show, Desolation‘s Comfort: Photographic Re-collections was held in October, 2007. The show received rave critical reviews. It later showed for three months at ColorGraphics in San Francisco. Mark is a painter in watercolor and acrylic, and a photographer, specializing in photomontage.
Mark has taught painting, digital photography, and Photoshop for photographers. He also taught bookmaking to artists at College of Marin. He is currently working in Silicon Valley as an instructional designer for photography software applications. He lives in Corte Madera with his wife, Susie, and their three cats.
Reinhabited lonely landscapes
Reinhabited lonely landscapes
This work is my response to the lonely landscape. Whether one defines landscape literally as land, sea, and sky or more expansively as both inner and outer worlds matters not. It is a vacuum that, for some reason, I need to fill. When I started this process several years ago, I felt that it was the lost characters from old photographs that needed grounding and placement in my world's landscapes. Now I realize that, conversely, it is I who needed them. When I first started this series as part of my M.F.A. graduate show, Desolation's Comfort: Photographic Re-collections, the landscapes were pastoral and pristine. Now the work is moving towards darker places; old bunkers, fortifications, and areas of industrial ruin.
Like the shadows of the psyche, these forgotten venues represent the things we'd prefer to ignore or forget. Yet, they are there, places as lonely as any other. The characters that populate my landscapes are enigmas. Mostly, they come to us from times past, their earthly presence now only ghostly images on forgotten and tattered photographs. Many I knew personally as a small boy, some were known only from oral histories told to me by elders. Others remain a complete and utter mystery.
I now present them to you so that you might find something of yourself in these images. Your interpretation and response is a vital part of the swirling magic of life and death and rebirth again. Your imagination is just what I need to make this project complete.