Mark W. Mille (1950 - )

Birth date: 1950 Death date:  
Birth location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Death location:  
Media: Design , Graphic Art , Illustration , Painting Web site:
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Mark W. Mille

Born 1950 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

As a boy growing up, Mark Mille was always interested in the natural world. Since experimenting with oil paints at the age of 12, he has been interpreting the world as he sees it. Hiking and camping in the West and north woods have given him source material for paintings in which he strives for more than the recording of visual fact. Many of his oil paintings of the landscape of southeastern Wisconsin are attempts to capture the mood of specific places, weather and times of day. He states, “My work is not intellectual, it’s emotional. I paint in response to the things that excite me.”

He graduated from Pius High School, earned a BA in broadcast journalism from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and studied at the Milwaukee School of Fine Arts.  He taught illustration at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and worked as an art glass and liturgical interior designer/illustrator.

His early, detailed painting style has evolved into a more spontaneous, painterly approach to realism. Having explored the use of lithography, gouache and watercolor for artistic expression, he now works exclusively in oils and soft pastels. While participating in local, national and international exhibitions he continues to reside with his wife in Milwaukee and to work in his home studio.

Selected solo exhibitions

1978    Gallery d’Arts, Mequon, WI

1979    David Barnett Gallery ,Milwaukee,  Rahr West Art Museum, Manitowoc, WI

1984    Broden Gallery Ltd., Madison WI

1991    Ozaukee Art Center, Cedarburg, WI

Selected Group and Juried Exhibitions

1976    Wisconsin Men and Women in the Arts, Wisconsin Museum of Art, West Bend, WI

1985    Third National Exhibition, Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, New York

1986    Three Approaches to Realism, Gallery 208, Minnesota Museum of Art St. Paul, MN

1990    62nd Grand National Exhibition,American Artists Professional League,Salmagundi Club,        New York, New York

1990    Art Du Monde, Tokyo, Japan

1991    Galerie Miyabe, Okinawa, Japan

1998    40th Annual Exhibition, Society of Illustrators,New York, NY

Bibliography  from the archives

A Muted Mystic Muse, Milw Journal, March 18, 1984

Mark Mille Studio Artist Statement, exhibition list, biographical points also conversation with the artist.

© 7/5/2007 Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, Wisconsin                                                 6/2/2010

Wisconsin Affiliations

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Wisconsin Art Organizations

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