mark ivan cole

the bridge
£350.00
what might have been there
£350.00
assiduous
£500.00
this rarified air
£650.00
take heart
£650.00
infinite impermanence
£650.00
the artist mark ivan cole
mark ivan cole

Mark Ivan Cole is a US born artist, who moved to the Andes Mountains in South America when he was just four years old. Living there with his family until a teenager, he was deeply captivated by the vast vistas and massive landscapes. Having graduated from High School, he moved back to North America to attend college in Southern California. However, he has continued to be an avid explorer of the outdoors, spending much time hiking through the landscapes he paints; the natural world feeding into all elements of his creative life. 

We live in two places: the inner and the outer worlds. This dual existence drives my creative work. The inner world is mysterious, vivid and compelling. It engages all five senses, and whatever sixth, seventh and eighth senses I might have. If I dare go deep, I discover what exists nowhere else. Images appear, sounds form, creatures and environments evolve, characters emerge, emotions arise, and stories coalesce. When I can, I commit that experience to words, music or visuals to bring it to the outer world. Once out there, the work takes on a life of its own.

The outer world is vast, fascinating, surprising, rich, beautiful, confusing and challenging. I grew up in the Andes. I've lived in the heartland and in three of the four corners of the U.S. I spent eight years in Taiwan. I've swum in the Amazon headwaters, and straddled the equator with one foot in the northern hemisphere and the other in the southern hemisphere. I've stood on the highest point in Germany while icy snow and swirling clouds alternately obscured and revealed everything else. I've wandered a lake where the borders of Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia and China converge. I've hiked the seven levels of Thailand's Erawan Falls, kayaked Vietnam's Halong Bay at dusk, and waited out a thunderstorm in a ruined temple in Cambodia. I've gotten to the top of South Africa's Table Mountain on my own two feet, wandered it end to end and slogged back down again. I've spent nights alone in the snow in the North Cascades. My appetite for exploration remains keen. There is so much out there.

For me, the inner and outer worlds inform each other. The stories and poetry I write, the music I compose and the images I draw and paint are the offspring of accumulated experience in both places. I hope you enjoy them.
 

the artist mark ivan cole
mark ivan cole

Mark Ivan Cole is a US born artist, who moved to the Andes Mountains in South America when he was just four years old. Living there with his family until a teenager, he was deeply captivated by the vast vistas and massive landscapes. Having graduated from High School, he moved back to North America to attend college in Southern California. However, he has continued to be an avid explorer of the outdoors, spending much time hiking through the landscapes he paints; the natural world feeding into all elements of his creative life. 

We live in two places: the inner and the outer worlds. This dual existence drives my creative work. The inner world is mysterious, vivid and compelling. It engages all five senses, and whatever sixth, seventh and eighth senses I might have. If I dare go deep, I discover what exists nowhere else. Images appear, sounds form, creatures and environments evolve, characters emerge, emotions arise, and stories coalesce. When I can, I commit that experience to words, music or visuals to bring it to the outer world. Once out there, the work takes on a life of its own.

The outer world is vast, fascinating, surprising, rich, beautiful, confusing and challenging. I grew up in the Andes. I've lived in the heartland and in three of the four corners of the U.S. I spent eight years in Taiwan. I've swum in the Amazon headwaters, and straddled the equator with one foot in the northern hemisphere and the other in the southern hemisphere. I've stood on the highest point in Germany while icy snow and swirling clouds alternately obscured and revealed everything else. I've wandered a lake where the borders of Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia and China converge. I've hiked the seven levels of Thailand's Erawan Falls, kayaked Vietnam's Halong Bay at dusk, and waited out a thunderstorm in a ruined temple in Cambodia. I've gotten to the top of South Africa's Table Mountain on my own two feet, wandered it end to end and slogged back down again. I've spent nights alone in the snow in the North Cascades. My appetite for exploration remains keen. There is so much out there.

For me, the inner and outer worlds inform each other. The stories and poetry I write, the music I compose and the images I draw and paint are the offspring of accumulated experience in both places. I hope you enjoy them.