This painting uses the structure of classical composition to depict four modern figures sharing drinks in a timeless setting. This work's use of luminescent color and intense shadow evoke works by Rembrandt and other Old Masters.
Mark Ryan Chariker’s work is a deeply personal response to the practice of painting. After abandoning an earlier abstract style, he started employing oil paints to explore landscape and figuration rendered in exacting color combinations. His work depicts modern figures in out-of-time settings, placing them in compositions that reference French rococo paintings, 19th-century illustrations and the Old Masters, among others.
Mark Ryan Chariker was born in 1984 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He received a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts.
A solo exhibition of his work, Limbo, was shown at 1969 Gallery in New York City. His work has also been shown in numerous group exhibitions across the United States, most recently with The Valley Taos, in Taos, New Mexico.
Chariker has completed residencies at the RAiR Foundation in Roswell, New Mexico, SÍM in Reykjavik, Iceland, and NES in Skagaströnd, Iceland.
He currently lives and works in New York City.