Mark is an American born artist who earned a BFA Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and completed a one-year Art Studies Programme at Manchester College of Art and Design in England. He studied with the great and under-appreciated sculptor, Sidney ‘Buz’ Buchanan in Omaha and Keith Godwin, a noted sculptor in England.

Mark put his career on hold when real life intruded on his art. After 35 years in art exile he has returned to his first passion…Art! His current works incorporate welded steel but he combines many other media including found and fabricated objects, photos on steel, kinetic pieces and shaped wood. Larkin creates each artwork using his jack of all trades "Rube Goldberg" like skills to produce original artworks. He likes to combine unusual methods with invented tools to create unexpected results.

Mark  considers himself very lucky to have been able to pick up where he left off. He wasn’t sure if he could find whatever talent he may have possessed so he started small. He's always enjoyed working in metals and had to re-teach himself how to work with steel. In 35 years, welding technologies have changed and so his learning curve was a bit daunting but he's been having fun learning new skills and recalling old ones. 

Mark told himself “Fun” was going to be his key for retuning to art and creating works that illustrated that concept. He's still working primarily in metals that allow him to create abstract forms with a bit of humor and whimsy. His works tend to look organic and non-industrial which seems counter intuitive for welded steel, but he hopes his sense of enjoyment and the fun of creating these pieces comes through. Mark works out of his studio in Bluffton, SC where he's busy catching up on the lost years.

ABOUT  MARK LARKIN
HOMERECENT WORKSWALL SCULPTURESOLDER WORKS ABOUT


email me
Art League of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Island, SC, exhibiting artist 2010-2014
Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA), Bluffton SC, exhibiting artist 2011-present
Savannah Art Association (SAA) 2010-Present
Charleston Artist Guild, Charleston SC 2011-Present
Charleston Courtyard Gallery, Charleston SC, exhibiting artist 2011-2016
Maye River Gallery, Bluffton SC
Savannah Airport Gallery, Savannah GA 
FINE ART CRAFT GUILD FEATURE SHOW, Art League of Hilton Head, Dec. 2012, BEST of SHOW WINNER
ART BEYOND TRADITION, Abstract Artists Show, Aug. 2013, Discovery House, Honey Horn, HHI 
PUBLIC ART of the LOW COUNTRY BIENNIAL EXHIBITION 2013 at Honey Horn, Hilton Head Island
LINEAR LEITMOTIF, Two Man Show November 2014, Walter Greer Gallery, Hilton Head Island
  (A celebration of the influences of Picasso and Lichtenstein)
SOJOURN SPOLETO SHOW, July 2015, Mitchell Hill Gallery, Charleston SC
ART BEYOND TRADITION, Abstract Artists Show, Oct. 2015, Discovery House, Honey Horn, HHI
UPWARDLY WALL-BILE, Kinetic Wall Sculptures, Feature Artist Show, SoBA, Bluffton SC, February 2016
SAA GALLERY ON CHIPPEWA SQUARE, Savannah, GA, 2017
THIBAULT GALLERY, Beaufort SC, 2017
ART BEYOND TRADITION, “Escape Artists” Show, Sep. 2017 Discovery House, Honey Horn, HHI

Associations...Galleries...Exhibitions
HOMERECENT WORKSWALL SCULPTURESOLDER WORKS ABOUT

MARK LARKIN
MALARKEY ART STUDIO
Both the appreciation and making of art should be fun.  It's always been my philosophy that my works have an element of curiosity and playfulness.  I try to incorporate a sense of humor into all my work and not take anything too seriously. My favorite media are metals and clay but anything is fair game. 
                 Mark Larkin    
Contact Us
OR
Photo by The French Guy Photography