This is the most difficult note to write. I am thankful that so many of you came to the gallery last November to tell Mark what his artwork, and his friendship meant to you.
His spirits were refreshed, and his amazing wife, Trish Mailler, shared with us how much that night meant to Mark. He continued to paint and explore new vistas. When he could no longer produce the painstakingly detailed and realistic scenes he is best know for, he surprised us with abstract paintings that celebrated the pure delight of color. And his final drawings were headed in a new direction entirely.
On a personal note, I am so pleased that Mark was a presence in my life. When R. Michelson Galleries opened in 1979, Mark was one of our original handful of artists. To see so much talent in someone who is truly one of the nicest people on the planet has made our long collaboration a joy in every sense of the word.
Mark Meunier (May 18th, 1949-June 12th, 2017) was born in western Massachusetts and moved to Washington DC, where he attended college as an art major. He returned to Massachusetts in the 1970s where he taught himself egg tempera, a painting medium employed by very few artists. Mark saw painting as a continuous learning process and had begun incorporating an oil glaze to create more saturated color in his trademark crisp and incredibly detailed paintings. He explored a wide variety of subjects in his work, including landscapes, forest scenes, seascapes, botanicals, pastries, figures, and still life. When he was no longer able to paint his intricate egg temperas, he continued to create abstract acrylic paintings and ink drawings. He was an artist to his core,
Mark refined and perfected his unique painting talent for more than 35 years. He won numerous awards and earned national recognition along the way. His paintings have been featured on public television and in many magazines, including American Artist, American Art Collector, Cape Cod, and Yankee. Mark’s home and studio were in rural Montague, Massachusetts, where he lived with his wife, Trish, his dog, and three cats. In addition to his painting, he loved making his own frames, woodworking, maple sugaring, golfing, and playing bottleneck guitar.