Surface Tension. Solo Exhibition by Mark Heine

January 1 to 31, 2021

The surface is a place where air meets water. It has no dimension, and it offers no resistance. But it is where two estranged worlds come together on this fragile planet we all inhabit. What lives in the blackness beneath is the stuff of legends.

About the Exhibition

Every culture from every age has its own myths born of our fear of those vast and unexplored depths of what lies beneath the surface.

Out of sight, beyond the horizon, anonymity and our myth-nurtured fears bring out the worst in humanity. There are no rules, no laws, no conscience. We push species to extinction through exploitation for profit, knowing that their disappearance must ultimately lead to our own.

Each of these paintings is the visualization of a key moment in my coming book entitled Sirens. The first in a series, Sirens is a work of fiction in the genre of magical realism, intended for young adults and beyond. In this story, two sisters and their friends find themselves out of their element on the west coast of Canada at a critical moment in the tension between air and water, greed and balance. Pitting families, governments and species against each other, all life hangs in the balance, and humankind must finally reckon with our destructive attitude to the natural world.

About Mark Heine

Mark Heine was raised by artists to be an artist. His was a childhood spent wandering his father's massive warehouse studio, absorbing the progress and process of the monumental projects underway. It was art by the ton, measured in yards, not inches. There were always diverse skills in action, to watch and learn from ... sculptors, designers, architects and artisans, working in plaster, resin, concrete, fibreglass, wood, stained glass, tapestry and, of course, paint. Mark's father, Harry Heine, RSMA, CSMA, FCA, NNWWs (1928-2004), would eventually became one of Canada’s most celebrated artists, culminating with his election to the Royal Society of Marine Artists in England. He is the only Canadian to ever have achieved that status.

As a child, Mark and his family toured and sketched the great cities of the world, immersed in galleries and architecture. First as students, then eventually as instructors. From the masters, learning the learnable ... technique, colour, composition, and so on, but also developing the sensitivity to recognize the intangible conceptual aspects, which make the difference between a mere rendering and a work of art.

In his teens, Heine was awarded the 1979 Attorney General's Art Scholarship, eventually graduating from the Applied Arts Program at Capilano University in Vancouver, British Columbia. He established his own studio and, over the course of 38 years, has become one of North America’s most sought-after talents, working through agents and galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Denver, Philadelphia, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver, where he has been showing with some of the most recognized artists in North America. His work can also be found in galleries and collections throughout Europe, including the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain. Corporate commissions for clients such as Sony, Disney, Starbucks, and many others garnered him more than 40 national and international awards, and the Art Renewal Center has designated him the title "Associate Living Master". Heine’s work has also appeared in numerous print and online publications, including Hi-Fructose Magazine, Beautiful Bizarre MagazineMagazin’ ArtApplied Arts MagazineAmerican Art Collector MagazineInternational Artist MagazineThe Guide Artist MagazinePoets and Artists MagazineThe Artist’s Magazine, Ophelia Magazine, Preview Magazine, Miroir Magazine, Realism Today Magazine, ARS Magistris Magazine, Galleries West Magazine and Voyage Chicago Magazine. Notable blogs featuring my work have been My Modern Met and The Creators Project

Heine has come to realize that he is a storyteller. Writing has long been a key component of his creative process, and the symbiotic relationship of these two distinct disciplines has led to a unique approach to both. Bringing one of those stories to life – to larger than life – marrying fiction to painting, is the focus of his most recent works: the Sirens series. Each of his paintings is a captured moment in his coming Sirens book, a work of fiction in the genre of imaginative realism.

​Mark, his wife and creative collaborator Lisa Leighton, and their two daughters, Sarah and Charlotte, live in beautiful Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.