Mark Lague

The Painter of Light.  Utilizing carefully applied brush strokes that highlight where he wants your eyes, creating a sense of light that glows and shines wherever its intended. 

Mark Lague

Mark has developed an international reputation and has won numerous awards, both in his native Canada and in the United States. A dedicated painter, Mark Lague was born in Lachine Quebec in 1964 and he has had a fascination with drawing since childhood, a skill he practices constantly, even to this day. Upon graduation from Montreal’s Concordia University in Design, Mark embarked on a 13-year career in the animation industry, working primarily as a background designer and art director. During this time, despite working full time, he began receiving international acclaim for his watercolor paintings through competitions, juried shows, and solo exhibitions. In 2000, Mark switched to oil as his primary medium, and in 2002 made the jump to full time painter. As an artist he is a realist, who is open to virtually all subject matter. What keeps him excited about painting is his endless quest to simplify and get to the essence of whatever he paints. Mark has been featured in numerous national art magazines, and continues to receive international recognition for his distinctive style of painting.

Artist Statement

“Sketching initiates the hands-on process. The essence of form is created on the pipe by free blowing and shaping. The hot shop stage exploration is direct. Mishaps end up back in the furnace. At times frustrating, but often pointing to a new direction or return to sketching. In the cold shop, cutting exposes the sought after curves, grinding and sanding fine-tunes the details. Surface carving and sandblasting provide the texture. Sandblasted is the preferred finish as it allows a better grasp of lines and forms. Polishing is used sparingly. When employed, it enables the objects to morph better with the surrounding space or to highlight volumes within. Some work requires assembly, inclusion of laminated glass, steel elements or iron oxide coating.Pebbles and river stones are shaped by nature and frequently turn into focal points. In a broad sense – forming, shaping, abrasion and polishing of pebbles by elements mirrors what happens at the studio. This however does not constitute the reason for their inclusion. Departing from glassblowing tradition, the substantial walls and asymmetrical shapes are the consequence of sculptural pursuit predating glass engagement, that of free-flowing and minimal forms. The focus on Form has left some unique qualities associated with glass, brilliant colors especially, beyond the horizons of interest. Attention to visually refined detail is critical, both for the piece created and as jump off point for the future work. Glass is an active co-author all along. Strictly imposing my will rarely delivered.”


Oil Painters of America 2005
Hilligoss Gallery – Chicago Illinois

Oil Painters of America 2004
Howard/Mandville Gallery – Kirkland Washington

Salon International 2002,2003, 2004
Greenhouse Gallery – San Antonio Texas
2004 Plein Air Magazine Publisher’s Award

American Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition 1996, 2003
Salmagundi Club – New York New York

Oil Painters of America 2002
Brazier Fine Art – Richmond Virginia
Award of Excellence

American Artists Professional League Annual Exhibition 1996, 2002
Salmagundi Club – New York New York
2002 American Artists Fund Award

Collection & Exhibits

Smith Klein Gallery – Boulder Colorado
May 2006, May 2007, May 2008, May 2009

Lesley Levy Fine Art – Scottsdale Arizona
March 2007, March 2008

Waterhouse Gallery – Santa Barbara California
Nov. 2005, Nov. 2006, March 2008

Brazier Fine Art – Richmond Virginia
May 2005

Galerie Art & Culture – Montreal Quebec
Oct. 2003

McCord Museum – Montreal Quebec
May 2003 (“McGill Series” hosted by Marchant Gallery)

Marchant Gallery – Lancaster Ontario
Oct. 1997, May 2000

Galerie de la Ville – DDO Quebec
Nov. 1998