Born 09/25/1957 in Walnut Creek, California--suburb to Oakland/San Francisco. Mark has been capturing images since 1977, and the work presented here spans approximately 32 years. "I failed art school by simply not attending; I studied theology thinking about the priesthood and got married; I moved to Zurich, Switzerland to study photography with Jurgen Tapprich and be married; I returned alone; I worked as an assistant to advertising photographers in San Francisco and entered the advertising industry and culture; I continued to shoot for myself; married and divorced a few more times; went back to school to finish my degree in philosophy; completed an advanced degree in Clinical Psychology and attained a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California; I am now the artist I always wanted to be."
"I am Strongly committed to an intuitive approach firstly influenced by the Buddhist concept of mindfulness". Mark's influences include Edward Weston, especially the still life images and the "Day Books"; Jerry Ulesmann for his abstract conceptual works; Larry Keenan for his special effects photography and Smithsonian work on the San Francisco Beat Movement; Philippe Halsman for his unique vision and especially his interpretational portraiture of Salvador Dali; Helmut Newton for his straight forward and immediate approach to the environmental portrait; Mark Boyle for his work of street scenes around London; Martin Heidegger's Being and time, The Origin of the Work of Art, and The Question Concerning Technology; Karl Jaspers' Philosophy of Existence; Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit; Alfred North Whitehead's Process and Reality. Mr. Holcomb has competed the last several years in the International Photography Awards and recieved 3 honorable mentions: 2 in the abstract and other category for his work CAVE PAINTING in 2008; and another in the category of abstract for his work THE FIELD in 2010. Mark is shown by Appel Gallery in Sacramento, California. Mark is seeking artist representation, exhibition opportunities, and gallery relationships.…Read More
Fair Oaks, CA, United States
My work is deeply influenced by the 1970's culture of Berkeley's Telegraph Avenue as well as my experience of San Francisco's Haight while in decline during the late 1970's and early 1980's. As my camera began turning toward the textures of life and the streets I was only at the beginning of realizing the strong interanl influences stemming from parents who were pathological in their own ways, as am I, stuck between the poles of power and control and the naive. I have come to recognize the latent images of my own psychological struggles layered with these new images of texture and the abstract. I am new to the world of art in the sense I have spent my entire life attempting to avoid telling others who I am, and always felt more comfortable with my head down looking where I stepped rather than where I was going. I have not been a constant gardener of my talents or artistic output. All but the LATE WORKS have at their roots analog photographic DNA. All late works are digital capture. All works have been dated at the approximate time of capture as photographic images and not at their final states which have undergone digital painting and manipulation beginning about 2008 into the present. Theere are hundreds of images worthy of display that are in the process of negative or transparency scanning and/or digitally painted and altered. I am in the process of adding several images per week. I have begun entering images into competition and have had awards in the abstract category at the International Photography Awards sponsored by The Lucie Foundation. I am also a past recipient of "Portfolio of the Month" by Photo District News (PDN) of New York City. I am currently open to exhibition and representative relationships.…Read More
Most of my formal education working in the studio or behind the camera was given via the conduit of traditional apprentice/master relationships. I began working in the studio of Jurgen Tapprich in Zurich, Switzerland in 1981. During this time I was introduced to studio craft at its highest level and the world of commercial photography. During this time I shot almost exclusively in black and white while on the streets of Zurich, and 4x5 or 8x10 transparency film in the studio, devouring as much film as my master would allow.Upon moving back to San Francisco I began working with Richard Hixson, Morton Beebe and then exclusively with Larry Keenan between the years of 1984 and 1987. During this time I developed a mixed portfolio with abstract photography and product work and began freelance assignment work as Larry weened me from the apprenticeship and assisting. I have been first and foremost influenced by opera, as this was my father's first love as a performing operatic baritone. The sound of the piano and concert organ came next. Then came along abstract art and abstract photography, intellectual curiosity, spiritual thirst, and a constant search for the transcendent. I have been blessed to have an opera singing cop for a father and a floral designing eccentric for a mother. They introduced me to modern art and photography. …Read More