Mark Kelso was born in 1967, and raised in Indianapolis, IN. During his early years, through the support of his family, he spent much of his time immersed in art and nature. From this background, Mark chose the visual arts for his career. He majored in painting at John Herron School of Art, in Indianapolis, IN, and began doing social, philosophical, and environmentally oriented subject matter in his senior year. This nature/civilization content in his work was translated to wildlife and landscape subject matter the following year, and has remained a reoccurring theme in his work over the years.
Mark is a very diverse artist. His work has run the gamut from abstraction, to photorealism, to installations. He paints and draws in numerous mediums, and is just as comfortable painting 14 x 48 foot murals as working on 5 x 7 inch panels. His subjects range from animals and landscapes, to traditional still life, figures, portraits, and toys – all or which carry an underlying thread reflecting humanities perception of the spiritual in his surroundings.
Mark’s art has been exhibited and sold globally. His paintings have sold through Christie’s auction house in London, and Bonham’s in Singapore. In the year 2000 he was selected as a featured artist for the “Beauty of Formosa” exhibition with the National Museum of Natural History in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2002 his art appeared in a special exhibition at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC. Mark is an inductee of the International Society of Animal Artists and Artists For Conservation organizations, and has been seen in numerous magazines including Wildlife Art, US Art, Western Art Collector, Southwest Art, and Informart.