Mark Larkin is an American born artist who earned a BFA Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and completed a one-year Art Studies Programme at Manchester College of Art and Design in the UK. He studied with the great and under-appreciated sculptor Sidney ‘Buz’ Buchanan in Omaha and Keith Godwin, a noted sculptor in England.
Mark put his career on hold when real life intruded on his art. After 35 years in art exile he has returned to his first passion…Art! His current works incorporate welded steel but he combines many other media including found and fabricated objects, photos on steel, kinetic pieces and shaped wood. Larkin creates each artwork using his jack of all trades Rube Goldberg like skills to produce original artworks. He likes to combine unusual methods with invented tools to create unexpected results.
Whimsical is not often used to describe a rigid welded steel sculpture, but Larkin seems to have mastered the ability to make you smile when viewing his works. They are fun to look at and you can tell he has fun creating them. Mark works out of his studio in Bluffton, SC where he is busy catching up on the lost years.
Mark’s work is in private collections across the U.S. and in England. He is represented by the Pluff Mudd Gallery in Bluffton, SC and the Signature Gallery in Savannah GA. He is a juried member of the Charleston Art Guild and has exhibited in many Galleries along the East coast. His work has been included twice in the Public Art of the Low Country Biannual Shows, Hilton Head, ArtFields in Lake City,SC and has a permanent installation at Coligny Circle, Hilton Head.