Like most artists Mark Traughber has been drawing and painting all of his life. Always encouraged by his
parents to do the things he enjoyed he honed an awareness that has feeds him today. After graduating from college and unable to find a job he is now grateful for all of those "no, thank you's" that have led him to a creative life doing what he loves best.
As befits this idea he says, "I'm very interested in the idea of personal identity," he said, "finding what is truly ourselves, and what makes us happy, and what's good and natural to us versus what we're fed about what we should be."
His work is a combination of playful and thoughtful images, with a mix of his influences Egon Schiele, Lucien Freud and Andy Warhol thrown in.
What you'll find in his booth at an art fair: charcoal drawings, mixed media paintings, watercolor sketches, spray paint and collage images. Traughber is one of a breed of artists whose youthful energy melds many techniques into a fresh exuberance, nothing "old school" here, a new look for new collectors.
He does only a few art fairs, but if you are lucky you can find him in Royal Oak, MI, (September 3-6) at
Arts, Beats & Eats
and Kansas City, MO, (September 24-26) at the
Plaza Art Fair
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