Mark Sirdevan
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Onset Woman,  43.5 x 33.5 framed acrylic on canvas 

Artist’s Statement

Art is a way of making sense of the world. These days we are assaulted by a vortex of images depicting national and global crises, from the COVID 19 pandemic to racial and economic injustice; from the insurrection against our democracy to geopolitical instability; from climate change to the economics of people on the move. People disappear. Places disappear. Businesses, homes, cultural institutions disappear. How do we understand it?

My current painting series is titled MIGRANTS. It is an idiosyncratic meditation about people on the move, their psyches fragmented, their bodies adrift in an unstable world. Are we safe?

Onset Woman shows a figure engulfed in yet confronting the myriad challenges. Hierarchical, resolute, reaching out she senses the way forward. What can we do?

The values we need are in our evolution, our DNA. We have only to summon them and to move to action, responsibility, openness, tolerance and healing.

Mark Sirdevan

298 Derby Street● West Newton, MA 02465
Phone: 617-290-2116: ● E-Mail: msirdevan@aol.com

Exhibitions

  • Mosesian Center for the Arts Show Watertown MA We the People, 2020 

  • Newton Art Association show at Piano Craft Gallery Boston, 2020

  • Mosesian Center for the Arts show, Watertown MA Five star Regional, 2019 Honorable mention

  • Newton Art Association Annual Awards Show, 2017 Second prize

  • Motherbrook Center for the Arts, Dedham MA, 2017 Third Prize

  • Newton Free Library one person show, 2016

  • Newton Art Association James King Bonnar Show 2015, third prize

  • Kingston Gallery, Boston MA two solo shows, group shows, 1990-1994

  • Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian MS, competition, 1982

       Museum of Fine Arts Alexandria, Egypt, group show, 1981

  • Ward-Nasse Gallery New York, NY, group shows, 1975-76

 

Grants 

National Endowment for the Arts Grant, 1982

 

Teaching Experience

Harvard University, Carpenter Center for the Arts—Teaching Assistantships with the eminent anthropologist Edmund Snow Carpenter and New York-based painter Harvey Quaytman, 1982-84

 

Professional Development

Mark Sirdevan Fine Arts/Conservation—Established and developed a successful art restoration business, 1994-2018.

 

Education

BFA, School of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY

MS, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston MA