It is one thing to be able to enjoy an abstract work of art on its own terms – an appreciation of the interrelationship of colour, line and form which comes together to make the aesthetic whole. It is another thing entirely to be able to peel away the layers of complexity in order to understand both the theoretical and representational basis of the work.
Mark DeLong (b. 1978, New Brunswick, Canada) is a self-taught artist. His work has been displayed at Colette, Paris; Bee Studios, Tokyo; Spencer-Brownstone Gallery, New York; Abel Neue Kunst Gallery, Berlin; Perugi Art Contemporenea, Padova, Italy; Museum Of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto;
Little Cakes, New York; Delong has collaborated with such artists as Paul Butler, Jason McLean, Jacob Gleeson, and Geoffrey Farmer. His work has been seen in Border Crossings and Canadian Art Magazine and he has published books with Nieves, Switzerland; Seems Books, and TV Books in New York. DeLong currently lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.
It is through understanding the role of colour, music and iconography in DeLong’s work that we can open a new set of doors on our appreciation of his art. DeLong is a complex, intellectual figure and this intelligent, thoughtful painting significantly enhances our understanding of what drove him on his road to abstraction, and our appreciation of the startling images he made along the way.