"Cactus II" Oil painting by Mark Vallen "Cactus II" Oil painting by Mark Vallen
"Cactus II" Oil painting by Mark Vallen "Cactus II" Oil painting by Mark Vallen
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"Cactus II "
Mark Vallen 2004
Oil on masonite panel 9" x 12" inches

Artist's Statement:

"The cacti growing in my Los Angeles neighborhood are overlooked by most people caught up in the urban struggle for survival - yet the humble cactus has grown throughout the region since time immemorial. The sturdy plant is specific to my native soil, and for millennia it has thrived in this arid desert land. It endures the harshest conditions, persevering with little water beneath the scorching sun. It is the ultimate survivor.

While most of L.A. has been covered with concrete and asphalt, cactus persist in the middle of our urban blight, providing a stoic beauty all their own. My interest in the cactus as a symbol for surviving a bleak and discordant present, goes along with celebrating the nonfigurative qualities of a subject carefully observed. Close up observation of the plant reveals forms approaching pure abstraction; allowing me to paint "abstracts" that are actually works of hyper-realism."

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