Featured Wilmington artist, MARLOWE, describes his inspiration and process

Top Wilmington artist MARLOWE's unique mixed media pieces evoke the "pulp" art style of the 1930s

MARLOWE,  Beach Girl

MARLOWE, Beach Girl

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Dimensional mixed-media has always been a hallmark of MARLOWE’S canvas creations. The natural light that fall on raised surfaces creates shadows in unexpected areas. “I want the viewer to have to resist the urge to reach out and touch the canvas, because of that dimensionality,” he says.

But that is only one part of the creative expression. Hand-made papers with super saturated color palettes stir a visceral reaction that grabs the viewer by the lapels, making that person want to be a part of the canvas.

The “pulp” art style is an homage to the illustration styles of the 1930’s with its rich, over-the-top subject matter and dynamic position of people and objects. In contrast, the “nature” style celebrates the natural wonder of the earth and its creatures, as they appear today, naturally joined together in harmony. And while the two styles may look quite different in content, the dimensionality, color and shadowing are the common theme.

He has lived virtually everywhere in the United States and and says “I have taken inspiration from other artists around the country and their differing viewpoints on what makes everyday graphic elements become ‘art’… and not just a pretty arrangements of things.”

MARLOWE graduated from Ohio University with a BFA and then enrolled in postgraduate design studies at The New School for Social Research in NYC. He then used a lifetime of working in the graphics field to accumulate over 100 design awards from juried competitions from around the world. Most recently, he has completed commissions for two private collections, and is currently represented by New Elements Gallery in Wilmington, NC.