Mark's love of art started early in his childhood, just after it was
discovered that he was extremely nearsighted and legally blind.
His first correctional glasses offered Mark a new view of the world,
inspiring his obsession with imagery and illustrations. His first
works, which he began creating in the late 60's and into the 70's,
consisted of many different mediums, including rubber stamp
designs, ink illustrations, screen printing, decals, and mail art. He
participated in local showings, and received recognition for his work
in his home town of Akron, Ohio.
With DEVO, his most successful music project, Mark was able to
showcase his artistic abilities on a larger scale, and to millions of
people. Through their films, videos, costumes, LP covers, stage
shows, and printed materials, Mark and DEVO forever altered
commonly held preconceptions of how a rock band should function
in popular culture.
During his downtime on early worldwide tours with DEVO, he
began illustrating on postcards to send to his friends, which he still
creates, and has been creating every day for over 30 years; A very
obsessive habit which still yields anywhere from 1 to 25 new images
per day. These cards were originally created as his personal diaries,
and were never intended for public viewing. That all changed when
Mark decided to share his postcard works in his critically acclaimed
solo shows during the 80's & 90's, and then with his gallery tour in
2003 titled HOMEFRONT INVASION!. This marked the beginning of
many solo shows to come.
Mark followed the 2003 tour with his BEAUTIFUL MUTANTS tour in
2004, which showcased his photographic symmetrical creations
and 'corrected' imagery. The tour distributed many more of Mark's
works throughout the world, and attracted more first-time gallery
visitors & art buyers to his shows.
Mark's gallery tours since 2005 have featured new works from both
his Postcard Diaries Prints and Beautiful Mutants photographs,
giving each gallery a choice of either visual theme.
Mark has archived nearly all the original postcard-sized works,
filed neatly in spiral-bound folders at his home in Hollywood, CA.
It is an astonishingly obsessive collection of private thoughts
featuring Mark’s plethora of provoking & unusual imagery.
From 2007-2010, Mark expanded this hobby into several mediums,
all of which feature imagery from his Postcard Diaries series. This
body of work now includes his popular limited edition
prints, large & small custom nylon rugs, and the debut of his
All three mediums now represent a little piece of Mothersbaugh’s
via his very personal and varied postcard drawings.
You will see items from two of those mediums at the gallery you are
in now - his custom nylon rugs & his limited edition framed prints.
”Usually, the only way someone can get an original sketch is if
I give it to them myself. I’ve sent a few in the mail, and handed
others out to friends and family. I’ve probably got around 40,000
of them filed away now….and I keep making more every day.
These limited edition prints, rugs, and paintings are my way of
sharing these personal images with other people around the world.”