A prolific self-taught artist, Mark D. Powers is inspired by the blank slate -- canvas, paper, everyday objects  -- the unmet potential of what could be, and the joy of untried media and ancient art techniques. He is usually found well before first light, pouring each new day’s energy into his art.   You can see Mark’s characteristic style across a broad range of works including sculpture, etchings, paintings, illustrations, and assemblages.

Mark’s evocative ink drawings (often finished in one cathartic sitting) are expressionistic or even surreal, and loosely based on dreams from the previous night or fantastical thoughts from the day.  As a result, these almost automatically-drawn pieces can depict twisted views on humor, darkness, joy, strength, and passion. His paintings, on the other hand, are based more in realism. For example, Mark currently paints disappearing urban skylines from photos taken during long walks in San Francisco.  

His works in sculpture and assemblage are mostly about the atypical use of unique materials. He assembles broken glass from smash-and-grab car burglaries to make objects of beauty from ugly situations. He etches onto milled stone objects (soapstone, marble, and granite) as a way to connect to an ancient and lost form of art, and because he can feel the healing energy that comes from holding stones.

Art has remained an enormous calming force in Mark’s life for more than forty years.  He has balanced high pressure non-art careers (military, advertising, homebuilding, and more) with solo shows and group shows across North America.  In late 2018 Mark began making art full-time from his home in San Francisco’s South of Market warehouse district.

San Francisco Artist Mark D. Powers

Mark welcomes discussions about collaborations, commissions, exhibit opportunities, and gallery or consultant representation.

See something you like? Let him know: email: studio@markdpowers.com

Select Exhibits:

  • 2019 - (March 1 through April 15) URB - Urban Landscapes.  Paintings. DaDa Art Bar. San Francisco

  • 2018 - Dog portraits. Solo show.  Paintings. Lone Star Saloon gallery wall, San Francisco

  • 2018 - Collaboration.  Bleached denim skull with video mapping.  Lone Star Saloon gallery wall. San Francisco

  • 2018 - Collaboration.  Salvador Dali mural with video mapping.  DaDa Art Bar. San Francisco

  • 2018 - Large mandala on paper.  Art For Aids juried auction. Sold at auction.  San Francisco

  • 2017 - Prints on canvas.  Sold out solo show. Lone Star Saloon gallery wall, San Francisco

  • 2016 - Ink drawing.  Art for Aids juried auction.  Sold at auction. San Francisco

  • 2015 - Etched soapstone eggs.  Back to the Picture, SOMA. San Francisco

  • 2015 - Resin and car glass skull. Art For Aids juried auction.  Sold at auction. San Francisco

  • 2014 - Etched marble egg.  Art For Aids juried auction.  Sold at auction. San Francisco

  • 2013 - Resin and car glass skull.  Arc Gallery, San Francisco

  • 2013 - Car glass sculptures.  Hello Artspan! Back to the Picture, Mission.  San Francisco

  • 2010 - Upcycled skateboards.  Skate This Art. San Francisco

  • 2008 - Ink drawings.  Solo show. Moby Dick’s.  San Francisco

 Click HERE to see some of Mark’s recent works.

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