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Sarah Booth-Henry

April 20, 2021

Painting, The Journey & Infinite Possibilities

In this episode Detroit-born, Mark Acetelli chats to me from his

Downtown Los Angeles studio about what painting means to him, where his inspiration comes from and the constant guidance from his late mother.


Mark's work seeks to evoke a feeling of the intensely personal introspective journey of life, as he breaks through the internal dialog and connects with the infinite.


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Mark Acetelli

Mark Acetelli

Mark Acetelli was born in Detroit into an artistic household. Mark’s mother herself was a painter and some of his earliest memories was the smell of turpentine and oil paints. Growing up surrounded by his mothers work, she inspired and encouraged him to become an artist.

Mark’s paintings are inspired by the intensely personal introspective journey of life, from the ever changing complexities of love, loss, birth and transformation. The context of his work he describes as “Simple expressions of complex thoughts created by capturing the physical mixed with the spiritual.”

He seeks to evoke a feeling rather than a defined image.

Mark’s application of paint is an extension of that thought process. Using traditional brushes along with palette knives, rags and his hands, he continuously builds up and tears down, adding and subtracting, stripping away layers to achieve greater clarity and emotion. He uses primarily oils and encaustics to create thickly layered canvases with texture and depth.

The results are a visceral dance between the conscious and the unconscious.

Mark’s work can be found in many private and corporate collections around the world including, Bill Withers, Lisa Colburn (Colburn School of Music), Raytheon Corp., Universal Studios, Warner Bros. Studios, Michael Jordan, Stuart Beattie, Claire Forlani, Camryn Mainhiem and Francine Maisler.

Follow Mark at: Mark Acetelli Fine Art

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