Amber B. Dianda and I were stoked to pay a visit to the Silverlake apartment + studio of her friend, artist Mark Whalen. Upon entering the space, blooming jacaranda trees, leafy palms and agave plants welcome us into the 1930′s spanish style building he shares with his girlfriend Jen. Once inside, french doors immediately beckon us to the sun-drenched patio – a space complete with a classic rusty bbq meat smoker (a recent Craigslist acquisition he found in South Central LA) bertoia chairs and potted succulents – perfect for summer bbq’s. The bright, comfortable, contemporary space is equal parts living and studio- that it’s no wonder the Aussie native spends more time here than at his dedicated downtown studio just a few miles away…
In chatting with Whalen, his warm engaging tales are as mesmerizing as intricately detailed paintings. He began his art career as a celebrated graffiti artist (aka Kill Pixie) in his motherland of Australia- eventually traveling and doing graffiti + street art around the world – until he decided it was time for a change. The prolific artist changed his trajectory, turning his talents to canvas full time. His grid-like paintings are collected and admired world wide, with an upcoming show (featuring the series pictured during our visit) called “Like Minds” at Black Art Projects in Melbourne, Australia and another this fall at future perfect in singapore.
Many thanks to Mark Whalen for sharing his space, and to Amber for the amazing photos!
For more info on Mark Whalen and his upcoming shows, visit: MarkWhalenArt.com
Images and Photography via Amber B Dianda