Mark Ottens employs an amazing painting technique that accentuates intense visual rigor. His energetic paintings possess a quick liveliness, but are contained as in a kind of tethered playfulness calling out for engagement. Often incorporating up to 60 layers of paint and varnish, Ottens' intimate works are a testament to patience and perseverance. Amazingly, he continues to find new ways to express the outer limits of color and depth on a flat surface.
Mark Ottens received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His work was recently featured in Studio Visit and he regularly exhibits his work. Ottens lives and paints in Wisconsin.