Mark Damrel's Bio
MEDIUM: Spray Paint, Acrylic, Ink
I'm a born and raised San Jose CA native. As a kid I used to draw a lot with my brother and cousin. We would make these ninja fighting scenes that would span 5-8 letter sized papers scotch taped together. They would depict hidden lairs and ninja stars being thrown at jet fighters above. I loved drawing then and still do today. I've spent my years since then working my way into a career in architecture, while maintaining a real passion for art that sometimes is hindered by a bad habit of procrastination.
I began to get more serious about painting and exhibiting work fairly recently. Around 2007 I had my first show and have been creating on a semi-regular basis ever since. I'm primarily self taught, having had a few minor art courses during college. I tend to work on wood or paper using acrylic, spray paint, ink, matte medium and sometimes collage. My process varies depending on the work. I don't push an idea through art, I let them come to me as I put down marks, usually not knowing what the final goal is until I feel it's done. I am inspired by my family, weird humor, uncomfortable silence and awkwardness, among many other things. I basically create images that I enjoy, and sometimes put them out in the world to see if others enjoy them too.Visit Mark Damrel's Website »