Mark is a multidisciplinary artist based in San Francisco: Painter, Illustrator, Sculptor, Engraver, Collaborator, Assembler, and General Artistic Explorer.

He is inspired by the blank slate, the joy of found art materials, and the allure of untried art techniques. He hasn’t met surface yet, that he doesn’t imagine marking up in some way.

You can see Mark’s characteristic voice across a broad range of works including sculpture, etched stone, painting, drawing, and assemblages.

His ink drawings and paintings often begin with random marks that he continues to make until evocative images emerge.

Mark’s works in sculpture and assemblage are most often about transforming street-found materials, such as car glass and traffic cones, into more worthwhile art objects.:

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Mark has been involved in the visual arts field for more than thirty years as an artist, curator, and community arts organizer.

As a young military officer, he had his first show in 1991 in Washington DC. Throughout the 1990s, in Detroit, Mark was Board Member and President of Artist’s Cooperative, The, (ACT), a decade’s old non-profit artist group that operated a gallery space and held numerous local exhibits, including the annual International Detroit Salon Show. Mark had numerous solo and group shows during this period. He also Co-Founded DEGA (Detroit Gallery Alliance) and helped establish the DAC (Detroit Art Corridor) - both of which organized gallery crawls, Art At Lunch events, Detroit Gallery Guides, and more. Mark was also privileged to serve as a jurist for the Detroit Art Council Annual Artist Grant Program.

In late 2018, after successful careers in marketing, homebuilding, and adult entertainment production, Mark began making art full-time from his home in San Francisco’s South of Market warehouse district.

Mark welcomes discussions about collaborations, commissions, exhibit opportunities, and other representation.

Did you see Mark’s art online somewhere and want to know more about it? Reach out to Mark: studio@markdpowers.com

Select Exhibits:

  1. 2019 - Nocturne. Upcoming National Juried Exhibit at Arc Gallery. Painting. Awarded Juror’s Prize. November 2019. San Francisco

  2. 2019 - Upcoming Group Exhibit at The Town’s End Bakery and Restaurant. Ferry Building Drawing on Paper. October 2019. San Francisco

  3. 2019 - Art For Aids upcoming juried auction. Painting.  October 2019. San Francisco

  4. 2019 - The Dirty Dozen - Ink Drawing - Invitational Exhibit to support Alliance Health Project, San Francisco

  5. 2019 - National Juried Exhibit - Acrylic Painting. Chico Art Center (July 2019), Chico, CA.

  6. 2019 - Internationally Juried Exhibit “PROUD+” (July 2019) - Ink Drawing on Bristol. The Studio Door, San Diego, CA

  7. 2019 - Urban landscape paintings. URB three person show. DaDa Art Gallery and Bar, San Francisco.

  8. 2018 - Dog portraits. Solo show.  Paintings. Lone Star Saloon gallery wall, San Francisco

  9. 2018 - Collaboration.  Bleached denim skull with video mapping.  Lone Star Saloon gallery wall. San Francisco

  10. 2018 - Collaboration.  Salvador Dali mural with video mapping.  DaDa Art Bar. San Francisco

  11. 2018 - Large mandala on paper.  Art For Aids juried auction. Sold at auction.  San Francisco

  12. 2017 - Prints on canvas.  Sold out solo show. Lone Star Saloon gallery wall, San Francisco

  13. 2016 - Ink drawing.  Art for Aids juried auction.  Sold at auction. San Francisco

  14. 2015 - Etched soapstone eggs.  Back to the Picture. San Francisco

  15. 2015 - Resin and car glass skull. Art For Aids juried auction.  Sold at auction. San Francisco

  16. 2014 - Etched marble egg.  Art For Aids juried auction.  Sold at auction. San Francisco

  17. 2013 - Resin and car glass skull.  Structure group show. Arc Gallery, San Francisco

  18. 2013 - Car glass sculptures.  Hello Artspan! Back to the Picture, Mission.  San Francisco

  19. 2010 - Upcycled skateboards.  Skate This Art. San Francisco

  20. 2008 - Ink drawings.  Solo show. Moby Dick’s.  San Francisco

  21. 2008 - Ink Drawings. Fetish Lexicons. Group Show. MChester Studio Gallery. San Francisco.

  22. 1995 - Drawings, Paintings and Sculpture. Solo Exhibit. ACT Gallery, Detroit.

  23. 1994 - Ink Drawings. Trapper’s Gallery. Group Show. Detroit

  24. 1991 - Ink Drawing. “6X6 Group Show” at Foundry Gallery. Washington, DC