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Mark Dorman
Biography - Artist
Early Years

Dorman attended a French school in Egypt, a British boarding school in Zimbabwe, and graduated from St. Stephens School in Rome. It was in Rome that his art career was sparked by his classes with Manlio Guberti, a world- renowned Italian artist. Manlio Guberti helped to engender in Mark Dorman a true love of the painting process. Upon his return to the United States, Dorman attended Emerson College in Boston, and expanded his interests from painting, to acting to journalism --- hence; he excels at acting and art criticism as well. He later wrote art criticism for the New Art Examiner and Washington View magazine. Mark Dorman worked and painted in Iran , where he also wrote art and film criticism, and in France, Dorman worked as an actor in film and theatre while attending classes at Atelier, La Grande Chaumiere, in Paris. Upon his return to the United States, Mark Dorman completed an MFA from Catholic University. The continuation of his career as an artist was fulfilled by his studies at the Corcoran Museum School with Brockie Stevenson, at the Maryland Institute for the Arts in Baltimore, and by his apprenticeship with Leon Berkowitz, an internationally renowned artist and one of the founders of the famous "Washington Color School" of painting. Mark Dorman has been formally exhibiting his work since 1986, receiving numerous prizes for juried shows. He now exhibits throughout the United States, and has sold his work internationally to prominent individual collectors.
Education

Dorman attended a French school in Egypt, a British boarding school in Zimbabwe, and graduated from St. Stephens School in Rome. It was in Rome that his art career was sparked by his classes with Manlio Guberti, a world- renowned Italian artist. Manlio Guberti helped to engender in Mark Dorman a true love of the painting process. Upon his return to the United States, Dorman attended Emerson College in Boston, and expanded his interests from painting, to acting to journalism --- hence; he excels at acting and art criticism as well. He later wrote art criticism for the New Art Examiner and Washington View magazine. Mark Dorman worked and painted in Iran , where he also wrote art and film criticism, and in France, Dorman worked as an actor in film and theatre while attending classes at Atelier, La Grande Chaumiere, in Paris. Upon his return to the United States, Mark Dorman completed an MFA from Catholic University. The continuation of his career as an artist was fulfilled by his studies at the Corcoran Museum School with Brockie Stevenson, at the Maryland Institute for the Arts in Baltimore, and by his apprenticeship with Leon Berkowitz, an internationally renowned artist and one of the founders of the famous "Washington Color School" of painting. Mark Dorman has been formally exhibiting his work since 1986, receiving numerous prizes for juried shows. He now exhibits throughout the United States, and has sold his work internationally to prominent individual collectors.
Inspiring ART

Mark Dorman describes himself as a colorist saying his paintings are on a basic level impressionistic and post-impressionistic in color but very expressionistic in terms of marks and movements. His pastels reflect both abstract and realistic qualities. Mark Dorman has studied art and honed his talent both abroad and in the U.S.   While studying in France Mark became cognizant of the artists’ concern with colors in nature.  Mark Dorman’s art shows are successful because his paintings are based on good sound color structure. His shows as a whole are consistent as they reflect the same artistic language throughout.  Dorman’s art focuses on color relationships. He selects contrasting and opposite colors in the color wheel to achieve a vibrant effect. The result is a heightened sense of color lending a mood of drama and excitement to his paintings. Mark says that each of his paintings is a commitment--- a message both political and spiritual is at the heart of his creations.   His underlying dream is that the landscapes and scenes his painting represent will be ecologically preserved. In a society where we can no longer take the grandeur of nature for granted, Dorman’s artwork compels us to acknowledge and appreciate the soothing and aesthetic properties that are inherent in the natureal environment. Viewing Mark Dorman’s work lifts the sprit and achieves his goal in moving the viewer toward an upward surge of hope.
Contemporary Impressionist

In his years of working as a consummate artist, Mark Dorman has perfected his skills in several genres of painting, and has not confined himself to one medium. He has used pastel, gouache, watercolor, Chinese ink, gold leaf, and oils in some exquisite abstracts and landscapes. Mark Dorman has a substantial body of abstract work in which he has discovered a language of calligraphic symbol and through amorphous and concrete shapes; he has expressed a visual affirmation of his dreams. Bill Dunlap, the art critic for Washington D.C.'s WETA program "Around Town," characterized Mark Dorman's landscapes as contemporary impressionist. Mark uses nature's content and endows them with a uniquely personal and spiritual quality. He translates his emotional reactions to the vibrations of nature's color and light. He calls his landscapes' journeys', where nothing depicted is wholly literal, where something is always hidden in the intention of the image.
MARK DORMAN - ART STUDIO
Arlington, Virginia
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