Mark Wells Retrospective

Oils on Paper and Canvas


TORRINGTON ‑ A retrospective exhibition of oils on paper and canvas by the late Mark Wells will take place from Tuesday, June 6 through Monday, June 19 at the Five Points Gallery Annex, 15 Water St.

The oil works on paper were painted in Wells’ attic studio during the 1990’s, when he lived in Waterbury with his family. Working on paper allowed him to paint freely. These works of imagination started with a brush stroke or two and evoked the results seen in this exhibition. Working in this way helped him also to try to loosen up with his landscapes on canvas. In this exhibit, the viewer can see the differences.

Wells studied Commercial Art and Fine Art at Paier School of Art in Hamden and Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winsted. He studied Life Drawing at the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, at Hotchkiss School in Lakeville and the Washington Art Association. He also studied oil painting with Ira Barkoff at the Washington Art Association.

         His work has exhibited at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut Visions Exhibition in 1993 and 1997, where he won an Honorable Mention. He also exhibited at the Washington Art Association, Phoenix Rising in Thomaston, Artwell Gallery in Torrington, Crescent Gallery in Thomaston, Whiting Mills in Winsted. Gallery 25 in New Milford, Underground Gallery in Collinsville and Trinity Gallery in Lakeville, where he won an Honorable Mention in 2019. He exhibited at the Plein Air Paint Out & Auction, Heritage Land Trust Preservation in Torrington and the Harwood Hill Motel, Bennington, VT, where he served as Artist in Residency in 2016 and 2017. He also won the 2018 Watertown Art League First Place Award for Oil Painting. His work is in numerous private collections. Wells was a Northfield resident.

An opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 9.

The gallery is open by appointment. For an appointment, call 860-806-0931.


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