Mark Messersmith

Loss, Strain & Butterflies
2011
Oil on canvas with carved wooden pediment and mixed media predella

82 x 65 in.

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Mark Messersmith
May Blooming II
2010
Oil on Canvas

38 x 45 in.


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Mark Messersmith
Loss, Strain & Butterflies
2011
Oil on canvas with carved wooden pediment and mixed media predella

82 x 65 in.


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Mark Messersmith
Pay the Thunder No Mind- Listen to the Birds, and Hate Nobody (Eubie Blake) V
2012
Oil on Panel

10 x 10 in.


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Mark Messersmith
Pay the Thunder No Mind- Listen to the Birds, and Hate Nobody (Eubie Blake) VI
2012
Oil on Panel

10 x 10 in.


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Mark Messersmith
Pay the Thunder No Mind- Listen to the Birds, and Hate Nobody (Eubie Blake) VII
2012
Oil on Panel

10 x 10 in.


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Mark Messersmith
Pay the Thunder No Mind- Listen to the Birds, and Hate Nobody (Eubie Blake) VIII
2012
Oil on Panel

10 x 10 in.


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Mark Messersmith
Pay the Thunder No Mind- Listen to the Birds, and Hate Nobody (Eubie Blake) XV
2012
Oil on Panel

10 x 10 in.


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Mark Messersmith
Untitled from the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
2012
Oil on Canvas

20 1/2 x 18 1/2 in.


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Mark Messersmith
Untitled from the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
2012
Oil on Canvas

20 1/2 x 18 1/2 in.


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Mark Messersmith
Untitled from the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
2012
Oil on Canvas

20 1/2 x 18 1/2 in.

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Mark Messersmith | Biography

Mark Messersmith was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1955 and currently lives and works in Tallahassee, Florida where he teaches at Florida State University. Messersmith also received his MFA in painting from Indian University. Messersmith is influenced by the American landscape artists of the nineteenth century. His work explores themes of spirit and struggle within modern Florida’s ”natural environment”. Messersmith likes to focus on the habitats of Florida’s animals in the way they live and react to one another. He says,” These paintings are really of a time and place, midways between hope and despair.”

Messersmith has collections throughout Florida, for example, the Center for the Arts in Vero Beach, the Florida State University Museum of Art in Tallahassee, and the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art. Messersmith also has works in the Mus’ee du Haut-de-Cagnes in France. He has also won such awards as the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painting Award in 2006, the National Endowment for the Arts/ Southern Arts Federation, Regional Fellowship Awards for Emerging Visual Artists in 1994 and1988, and the Ford Foundation Artist Fellowship in 1980 and 1979.