Blue OasisMark Risius
Oil painting on Stretched canvas New
Painting wraps around edges
Varnished and Ready to hang
Signed on back
48" h x 60" w x 5" d |37 lbs. 0 oz.
"The pattern of this piece was inspired by the human iris, which is commonly believed to be the gateway to the soul," says artist Mark Risius. "The blue of the painting represents hope, possibility and our belief thereof that can ebb and flow from day to day. Blue Oasis is a reminder that hope and possibility, much like the ocean, will always be there for us."
Part of Mark's Woven collection, made from one larger painting cut into strips and woven over a hand-built oval frame. The piece features custom hanging hardware that allows it to be rotated to any position with ease.
As a musician as well as a painter, Mark likes to suggest a song pairing for each piece: "Blue Oasis is best paired with the song Ocean Size by Jane's Addiction."
Artist Mark Risius begins by painting one or multiple abstract pieces, and then he cuts the artwork into strips. To form the final geometric composition, he weaves the canvas pieces together. Mark showed an interest in the arts from a young age and played drums in a garage band in high school. During his senior year, he picked up his first paintbrush, creating an image of a red rose for his girlfriend at the time. Mark continued with music into his early twenties before starting a series of oil paintings on sandstone, which blossomed into an art career. Today, Mark still plays a lot of music - mainly acoustic guitar - and also writes poetry and performs improv comedy. "Creativity has been a beacon of hope for me that helped get me through my earlier years of depression," he confides. To spur his creativity, Mark's home includes two art studios, a music studio and a photography studio. When he's not working, he enjoys hiking and cycling around his home in Boulder, Colorado.