PALETTE KNIFE ARTIST mark kopp
“Most recently I have been reaching for my palette knives instead of the brushes. The feeling I had when I first used oil paints has returned with the knife. My art has once again been re-born and evolved. “
My Studio is located on the West Coast of Canada, near Vancouver. I just returned from ArtExpo New York 2019 and Art Vancouver 2019.
New York was a great success and my pieces received a lot of attention, including the organizers moving one of my pieces to front of show, behind registration.
I started out as all artists do, excelling in art as a young adult, working with charcoal, water colors, acrylics and many other mediums. It wasn’t until I discovered Oils that I really felt a connection to art. Everything about oils excited me, the smells, the way it moved on the canvas, drying times.
Early in my career I was working with a commercial art company and on to run my own in my early twenties. As the years went by, discovering my style , evolving as an artist, entering and winning local contests, I realized I was meant to be a full time artist .
Eventually I opened “Kopp Gallery” featuring more than 36 artist work, including my own. Artists were given the option for a solo opening show. The Kopp Gallery was a success, but over time I realized it was taking too much of my studio time and pulling me from what I really was, an artist.
I went on to do a series of solo shows in various venues, Station House Gallery ect.. Many of the Shows had a deep personal meaning to myself and others. “Surviving” was a show that featured cancer survivors of all ages. “Faces without a Home” showcased homeless people in our community and many left in tears. “For the Love of Jazz” featured jazz themed pieces and the show was accompanied with a 3 piece jazz group. The evolution of my work over the years was showcased in a show I called “Diversity.”