Mark Bair is a woodcarver and multimedia artist living in Audubon NJ. While always having a love of art and fine craft, it wasn’t until 2000 that he found his passion combining traditional woodcarving with other mediums. His inspiration is found in both nature and traditions of the past, with an eye towards whimsy.
The work all starts with an idea and a rough sketch. First, using traditional carving chisels, each piece is hand-crafted one at a time. Next, drawing on his experience as a watercolor artist, each work is painted using acrylic washes to build up layers of color. Finally, a proprietary finish is applied to give his work a rich and aged look. The art is often paired or incorporated with vintage items or architectural salvage. Fish receive copper for their fins, which is heated and hammered using the techniques of a metal smith.
Mark’s work can be found in various museums and galleries around the country. He is a regular teacher at the Tuckerton Seaport in Tuckerton NJ and works with the youth carvers. When not working in the studio, Mark enjoys traveling around the country, showing his work at fine art and craft shows. Mark is available for commissions and teaching through his contact form.
Tuckerton Gunning & Decoy Show
2012 – 1st place Fish
Toms River Decoy Show
2013 – First Place Figure
Crozet Fine Art Show
2013 – Presidents Choice Award
Syracuse Fine Arts and Crafts Show
2014 – Best of Show in Wood Category
Corn Hill Arts Festival
2014 – First Place in Wood Category
Pennsylvania Guild of Fine Craft
2015 – Achieved Master Craftsman Status
Pennsylvania Guild of Fine Craft Rittenhouse
2016 – Benchmark Award
Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts
2001- Oil Painting
Perkins Center for the Arts
2001-2008- Watercolor and Sculpture
John C Campbell School
2004-Scandinavian Figure Carving with Harley Rufsal
2012- Figure Carving with Helen Gibson
Ways To Work With Me
Perkins Center of The Arts:
In late 2015, I was invited to take part in the waterways exhibition at Perkins Center for the arts in Collingswood NJ running June 11th to August 20th, 2016. With my subject matter being fish and folk art it was a perfect fit for my work. The show included work by New Jersey Artists celebrating the Delaware river waterway. It was quite an honor to be part of this show.
Pennsylvania Guild of Fine Craft:
I am a member of the PA Guild of Fine Craft and in 2014 I achieved their highest honor of attaining master craftsman status. Throughout the year I participate in their shows alongside some of the best hand-crafts in the country.
Tuckerton Seaport Youth Carving:
I volunteer as a mentor in the Tuckerton Seaport youth carvers club. The club consists of carvers between the ages of 12-18. I feel that handcraft is dying in this country and it is essential to pass along my craft to the young.
Teaching Adults Wood Carving:
I enjoy teaching adults the art of woodcarving at the Tuckerton Seaport. I maintain a schedule of about 5 classes a year from fish carving to woodblock printing. Teaching gives me the opportunity to meet many different people and develop life long relationships. If you’d like to learn from me please feel free to contact me through my contact form.