"Hero - the Firehouse Dog", carved and painted wood, 23k gold, 65" long
"Fame", carved and painted wood, 60" tall (Collection of Roger and Kathy Penske)
"Peacock", carved and painted wood, 23k gold, 60" long, 48" tall
"Eagle Crimper", Carved and painted wood, 60" long
"Rhode Island Red Eyed Rooster", Carved and painted wood, metal, 36" long
"Goat", carved and painted wood, metal, 36" tall (Collection of Sanford Smith)
"The Doctor", carved and painted wood, metal, 57" tall
"A Work in Progress", details, carving the scales of a striper
"Silver Bluefish", applying palladium leaf to a bluefish carving
"Weekapaug Egret", carved and painted wood, metal, 42 inches long (Collection Weekapaug Inn, Westerly, RI)
"I am a sculptor of wood creating contemporary works influenced by the alluring simple forms and complex surfaces of early American folk art. The finest folk art is unexpected, simple and a perfect balance of surface and form; this is the harmony that I seek to create in my own sculptures. My goal is to create unique works that evoke the emotional spirit of the most powerful antique folk art masterpieces.
My sculptures can be found from Nantucket to Santa Barbara and are included in many notable collections. Two of my figures greet guests in the lobby of the five star Setai Hotel on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
I have won numerous awards and exhibited at some of the finest craft shows in the country including, the Smithsonian Craft Show and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. Each March I return to New York City to exhibit at the interior design industry's top event, the Architectural Digest Show.
Most recently, my Great Dane sculpture was published in the 2013 July / August issue of Traditional Home Magazine." - Mark A. Perry
Mark began his career on Nantucket Island and now lives and works in Westerly, Rhode Island.
Redefining Folk Art
The Sculpture of Mark A. Perry
Mark A. Perry is a sculptor of wood who creates contemporary works influenced by his passion for the alluring simple forms and complex surfaces of early American folk masterpieces. Perry’s artistic focus is the point where past and present collide to create powerful synergistic works that become, as he is often told, ‘sophisticated folk art’.
He began his career far at sea on Nantucket and now lives and works in Westerly, Rhode Island. His sculptures can be found from Nantucket to Santa Barbara and are included in many collections, including those of notables Roger Penske and Tommy Hilfiger. Two of his figures greet guests in the lobby of the five star Setai Hotel on Fifth Avenue in New York City and Clyde’s Restaurants, the most successful privately held restaurant chain in the US, chose Perry to create twenty works for their 35 million dollar Willow Creek Farm restaurant just outside of Washington, DC.
Perry has won numerous awards including ‘best in show’ at the Cape Cod Artist’s Association’s All Cape and Island’s Show and been given the distinction of Copley Master by the nation’s oldest continuing artist’s association, The Copley Society of Boston. The Smithsonian Craft Show chose Perry, one of only two Rhode Island residents honored that year, to exhibit at the 2011 show and used the image of his peacock sculpture as the only work depicted on their invitation card. Following that, Perry exhibited at another of the nation’s pinnacle craft shows, The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and in March of 2014 he will make his sixth appearance at the interior design industry’s top annual event, the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City.
Perry’s recent entry, ‘The Doctor’, at the New England Regional show of ACGOW won the Joseph Gaulteri Award for Fine Art from Juror Anne Woolsey, Deputy Director of the RISD Museum.
Two of his commissioned works, ‘Weekapaug Striper’ and ‘Egret Waiting to Strike’ can be seen at the Weekapaug Inn in Westerly, RI, named as Travel and Leisure’s #5 best inn in the United States.
His Great Dane sculpture is published in the current July / August 2013 issue of Traditional Home Magazine.