Mark Rediske is a Northwestern artist who uses plaster, acrylic and oil paint to create atmospheric yet textural works. Rediske says of his art, “Ideally, I see my paintings as a bridge between the natural world and archetypal symbols of rebirth and evolution. In this regard I feel a great affinity with the iconography of ancient civilizations.”
His most recent work, presented this September in his solo exhibition “Desire,” is inspired by a sense of place, at the intersection of the natural and man-made, past and present. He layers rich reds and saturated blues which speak of passion, depth of emotion, and sensitivity. His surfaces seem to vibrate with warmth and vitality, and his titles, such as Caelum (Latin for air, sky, heavens) bring to life ages past in these timelessly elegant works.
Raised in rural Minnesota and a long-time resident of the Northwest, Rediske is “awed by nature’s eternal capacity for renewal and regeneration in a world of constant change and flux.” Rediske's process of repetition, accumulation, and negation yields a meditative, sensory experience to reflect on this atmosphere of change rather than a concrete, discernible image. For all of the physical labor that has gone into treating each surface, Rediske leaves us with something intangible, nameless yet affirming of our own encounters with greatness beyond human comprehension.
Rediske holds a Bachelor’s in printmaking and a Master’s in painting from St. Cloud State in Minnesota. Since graduating in 1985, he has exhibited extensively across the country, becoming a vital member of the Seattle art scene from the early 90s. Foster/White has had the honor of representing Rediske for almost thirty years. His paintings are found in numerous public and corporate collections, including at Boeing in Seattle, WA, the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, and Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, CA.