American, b. 1963, Newport Beach, California
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California
Mark Dutcher brings together elements of abstraction, Surrealism, and Pop in paintings that incorporate layers of words and symbols, imprecisely rendered and frequently illegible. Often sampling song lyrics or names of former loves in his rough-hewn paintings, Dutcher explores notions of transience, loss, and death. He leaves blemishes and fingerprints visible and mistakes intact, emphasizing the artist’s hand and process. “I'm interested in flaws and systems that leave flaws, in the traces that demonstrate that things don't always work out the way you think they will,” he has said. Dutcher experienced the loss of a partner and of friends during the AIDS epidemic, and his work has obliquely addressed these personal traumas. Influences on his practice include the work of the Russian avant-garde artist Alexander Rodchenko and the California artist Richard Diebenkorn.