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Ricco/Maresca Gallery presents "Mark Laver: A Wild Silence", an online exclusive and artist debut.
Laver was born in 1970 in Victoria, British Columbia, and raised in a rural area of Vancouver Island, where he spent his childhood exploring the surrounding beaches, tidal swamps, creeks, and forests. His current and ongoing body of work depicts landscapes of a mysterious beauty that is at once luscious and moody, cohesive and in flux.
The night you can't remember, the night I can't forget, Mark Laver, 2020–21. Oil on wood panel, 20 x 30 in./ 50.8 x 76.2 cm.
Without reference to photographs, drawings, real places, or even conscious memories, Laver starts with a limited palette and no pre-existing plans, and discovers his paintings in the act of painting, arriving at the composition last. Each work provides its own surprises, as new symbols and motifs emerge, grow, and repeat, adding to his ever-expanding invented world.