In this ONE, Mark talks about the inspiration behind his piece, the Celestial Journey. With the horse as a metaphor for the human spirit, and the symbolism an homage to the tomb sculptures of ancient Greek, Chinese, and Egyptian cultures, Mark tells the classic hero’s story from a modern, Western perspective.
Who is Mark?
Mark Edward Adams was born in Tucson, Arizona and raised in the Phoenix area in a family full of artists and musicians. Despite his initial artistic influence, Mark gravitated toward science and earned a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of San Diego followed by a M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. While working as a scientist, Mark discovered his passion for sculpture and began his journey into the world of art. He traveled to Italy to study classical sculpture at the Florence Academy of Art and then to Arizona to study modern sculpture at the Scottsdale Artists’ School. He continued his studies with a mentorship under the wildlife sculptor Rod Zullo who studied under the sculptor Floyd Dewitt. In 2013, Mark was awarded the prestigious “Beverly Hoyt Robertson Memorial Award” by the National Sculpture Society for an outstanding sculptor under the age of 40. His work has been exhibited at the Gilcrease Museum, The Booth Museum of Western Art, The Buffalo Bill Center of the West, The Tampa Museum of Art, Brookgreen Gardens, and in private collections in the United States and Europe. He has also been featured in a variety of publications including Western Art and Architecture, American Art Collector, Western Art Collector, and Fine Art Connoisseur.