Artist Reception with David Marks

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May 19, 06:30 pm - 07:30 pm

David Marks is our featured artist for the months of May, June and July and a long time member of Congregation Solel. David retired as an architect in 2003 from Loebl Schlossman and Hackl. He practiced architecture for more than forty years in a wide variety of projects, locally and abroad. His work included churches, synagogues, (Congregation Solel), educational buildings, large and small office buildings (City Place), hospitals and medical buildings, government projects, and large mixed-use projects (Water Tower Place).


As an architectural student, he was exposed to and influenced by grand spaces and the fine details which contribute to wonderful spaces. At the University of Illinois, he studied architectural history, took courses in drawing, watercolor, and sculpture.


Since his retirement, David has had the time to enjoy the connection between architecture and art in a different way. An interesting result of working in traditionally rigid two dimensional drawings, it has been hard to find a way to express one's ideas in a looser, more three dimensional way.


Returning to his roots, trying to learn to communicate more in three dimensional images, David decided to begin drawing again. He began taking classes at the Art Center of Highland Park. He began figurative drawing as a lot architects seem to do, with charcoal on paper.  Enjoying those classes, David then began drawing, then painting with pastels, acrylic paint, and oil paint. He experimented with canvas, hard board, and palette knives. He found generous and talented teachers, Teresa Hoffheimer, Joannie Hollub,and Julie Katz, who provided help and encouragement.


David has exhibited drawings and paintings at the Art Center of Highland Park and at the Patty Turner Senior Center in Deerfield with his daughter (Susan Mason) and granddaughter(Zoe Mason).