Oil painter Mark Mentzer offers a variety of work including large cityscapes of Pittsburgh and small still lifes from around his studio. To Mentzer, these are one and the same; in both subjects, he sees primarily shapes. The shapes in the cityscapes repeat themselves in the smaller shapes of the objects on the tabletops. All of his paintings are architecturally rendered giving them a contemporary feel. His muted grays take on their surrounding colors and heighten the pure color accents.
Mentzer earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Carnegie Mellon University and received a fellowship to study at Yale University. He maintains a studio in the Lawrenceville area of Piittsburgh, and his work may be found in numerous public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad. He is currently a professor and Associate Head of the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University.