Mark Olson is a Wisconsin-based photographer and artist. His themes emphasize the abstract – shapes, forms, lines, color. Words and street ephemera, like weathered signage, can capture his attention, and landscape is a recurring genre. Figure study and artistic portrait work is a growing interest. Some recent work bypasses the camera altogether.
Olson has a foundation in traditional black and white film photography with training at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. He also earned an M.A. from Ohio University, Athens. Transitioning to digital photography, digital art, and archival color inkjet printing (also referred to as giclée) is an ongoing, rewarding journey.
Making beautiful archival quality prints is a passion. Mark oversees his own printing to ensure quality and consistency. He finds that the journey to making a fine print is a key part of the creative process and that the tangible results are rewarding and part in the tradition of works on paper.
Olson was the owner-operator his brick-and-mortar gallery Cambridge, Wisconsin. In addition to showcasing his black & white photography, the gallery also represented the work of other regional artists. One career highlight of this period was shooting the Humane Society's "Bare Because we Care" fundraising calendar for which local women posed for implied nude portraits. The gallery moved to Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin for several years, and it was a stop on the Earth, Wood, and Fire Art Tour. It is now exclusively online.
His website, mcofineart.com, is the best place to browse and purchase his artwork.