Marc Dennis b. 1971- is an American artist known for his realistic paintings that celebrate the subversive potential of beauty and explore the charged subjects of identity, pleasure and decadence. Interested in transformative possibilities Dennis merges various movements throughout the western art historical canon with modern tropes in order to create clever, provocative and symbolic contemporary paintings that play on our psychological, cultural and spiritual relationships. Influenced by Southern European figurative masters such as Caravaggio, Velasquez, and Manet, and Northern European still-life masters, such as Ambrosius Bosschaert, Jan Davidsz de Heem, and Rachel Ruysch, Dennis introduces us to an alternate reality rich with hype, narrative and humor where art, history, nature and pop culture intersect.
Marc Dennis was born in Danvers, Massachusetts in 1971. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia and his Master of Fine Arts from The University of Texas at Austin. Dennis’s work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions thought the United States, and in international group exhibitions in South Korea. His recent commissions include a series of thirty hand-painted glass windows and two large mosaics for the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority. He also recently completed a commission to paint the official portrait of Henry Kissinger. His work can be found in the public collections of The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin; The Rockwell Museum of Western Art, New York; Wadsworth Athenaum, Connecticut; Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University, Massachusetts; Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, California; The Springfield Museum of Art, Ohio; and The MIN Art Museum, Guadalajara, Mexico; among others. His work can also be found in the collections of JP Morgan Chase, New York; Neuberger Berman, New York; John and Amy Phelan, Colorado; Larry Gagosian, California; Larry and Marilyn Fields, Illinois; Bill and Maria Bell, California; Carl and Donna Hessel, Switzerland; Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman, New York; Beth Rudin DeWoody and Farooz Zahedi, Florida; and Nancy Rogers, Texas, among others. Dennis currently works in Brooklyn, New York in the neighborhood of “Dumbo,” a popular artistic hamlet nestled between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.