Mark Harris in the Ramp Gallery, April 16–May 11, 2015


In November 2003, Mark Harris lost his father to lung cancer. His death had a profound effect on him personally and artistically and, fortunately, he was able to experience the healing power of art during this difficult time. While creating the work in this series Harris says he’s “connected with primal emotions and explored a new approach to creating that has deepened the emotional and evocative nature of [his] work.” This series chronicles the intense and spiritual journey through one of the most trying seasons of his life.

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This exhibit is made up of a selection of mixed media mask paintings from the series. The masks represent the different emotional stages of grief as he experienced them. Harris shares “for me creating these masks allowed for a simplified and direct immediacy of expression.”


About Mark Harris
Mark Harris is an artist, educator and social activist. He has been actively exhibiting his work in the Bay Area and beyond for close to fifteen years. Some of these exhibits include The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato, CA, The Triton Museum in Santa Clara, CA, New Langton Arts in San Francisco, CA and 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco.

Mark’s paintings are highly sought after and patrons frequently commission him. His work is included in numerous collections both domestically and internationally from Chicago to London to Chile; just to name a few. Mark grew up in Atlanta, GA and is a self-taught artist. Currently he is mentoring at-risk youth through an after-school arts program at Tenderloin Community School in San Francisco.

About The Ramp Gallery
The Ramp Gallery accepts exhibition proposals on a continual basis. Submission Guidelines can be found here. To purchase work on display or for more information email You can visit The Ramp gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.

Pictured Above, Night Season, Mixed media on paper. 2004