Mark Pomilio



Mark Pomillio has been building a body of work based on understanding how geometries structure the phenomenological world, how we understand the interweaving of space and time as a material force, and the subtle building up of pentimenti and chromatic vibrations in service of his chosen subject matter. His influence as both and painter and a teacher has been immense in Arizona, and many of the artists in the state who have pursued the geometric impulse have studied under his tutelage. His large-scale mural projects, the bold dynamism of his curved cavasses and the dynamic harmony of Pomilio’s chromatic choices placed alongside the delicacy of his charcoal drawings --- all of this has set his body of work on par with the very best abstract painters working in the world today. 

Pomilio is known for having deployed the use of the overall in relation to fractal geometries; he has reconstructed the arena in which the artists acts by challenging flatbed style painting tout court; and he has proved that the dictums of essentialism and the truth to materials can be bent, craned and cradled to give us a new vision of the valances of objecthood. This tri-part accomplishment not only reveals his mastery of modern painting, but it shows us how Pomilio is able to go beyond paintings most entrenched diatribes in order to create a contemporary body of work that demonstrates a renewed sense of relevance for geometric abstraction in the twenty-first century. 

Bio: Mark Pomilio’s method, motives, and conceptual considerations are centered on visually articulating recent developments in the life sciences. It is not his intent to condemn or celebrate these developments, but rather, to express their profound relevance within our current era. He has chosen to create imagery, which expresses a developmental process rather than an overt visual depiction. The origin of this research has been formulated through a series of simple geometrical equations. These equations have yielded a group of “parent” rudimentary geometrical forms. One or several of these forms are multiplied and folded equally throughout the pictorial field. Through this process, a formal, pictorial, structure is born. Therefore, each image has evolved through the development of pictorial representations of geometric systems of growth. This “parent” form is representative and meant to emulate a single cell dividing and compounding into a complex organism. Therefore, within the image field, each decision is multiplied equally throughout the field, causing a type of visual unity. This balance and symmetry has a visual equivalency in how we read the meditative qualities of a reflective pool, or a religious icon. In the end, his goal is to force a harmony upon the image field that, in turn, forces a potential meaning through the integration of the image and title.

Mark Pomilio has exhibited his work extensively across the United States and abroad.  His work is included in the permanent collections of Baylor University, Martin Museum of Art, Waco, TX; Dupont Corporation, Wilmington, DE; University of Arizona, Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; in addition to many private collections.  He currently lives and works in Arizona and teaches painting and drawing at Arizona State University.