Mark Freedman (b 1949 New York, NY) attended the Rhode Island College where he studied art. He has exhibited regularly since 1980, and today lives and works in Providence, RI. He paints a variety of subjects; however throughout his career he has developed a deep fascination with the urban landscape. It is the fast movement and pace of the city with it’s gritty labyrinth of buildings and transportation systems which tends to be a reoccurring theme for the painter. The artist states, “I started looking for things I considered to be the most soul crushing and ugly, and said to myself: Taken into the right context this could be an interesting painting.”
Working in a variety of mediums, his paintings are characterized by loose, and bold expressive strokes, drips, and gestural marks which are imbued with a sense of energy in themselves. At times he incorporates various materials into his compositions to keep them interesting and from getting too static. His paintings are original, and unorthodox perspectives on our world, and possess a striking and haunting beauty all of their own. Mark Freedman has appropriately been described as the modern day Edward Hopper of Providence, Rhode Island.