Mark Joshua Epstein’s shaped paintings are directly inspired by the covers of Nest, a New York based interior design magazine (1997-2004), highlighting non-traditional eccentric interiors and intricate graphic design layouts, which Epstein often used as a portal to another world while growing up in the suburbs of Washington D.C. The works also incorporate graphic geometric patterns that reference motifs and ornaments found in Eastern European Jewish paper cutting, as well as abstract curvilinear designs decorating the borders of Medieval Hebrew manuscripts pages.
Mark Joshua Epstein received his MFA from the Slade School of Fine Arts, University College London, UK, and a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, Boston, MA. Solo and two-person shows include Ortega y Gasset Projects’ Skirt Space (Brooklyn, NY), SPRING/BREAK Art Show (NY, NY), Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY), NARS Foundation Project Space (Brooklyn, NY), Caustic Coastal (Salford, UK), Vane Gallery (Newcastle, UK), Demo Project (Springfield, IL), Biquini Wax Gallery (Mexico City), Breve (Mexico City), and Brian Morris Gallery (NY, NY). Selected group shows include the Nerman Museum (Overland Park, Kansas), Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA), Marquee Projects (Bellport, NY), TSA New York (Brooklyn, NY), Collar Works (Troy, NY), Good Children Gallery (New Orleans, LA), Monaco (St. Louis, MO), Beverly's (NY, NY), and Des Moines Art Center (Des Moines, IA). Epstein has been an artist-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center, Millay Colony, Jentel Foundation, Macdowell Colony, Saltonstall Foundation, I-Park and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, amongst others. His work has appeared in publications such as New American Paintings, Art Maze Magazine, Dovetail and Two Coats of Paint. He is a 2023 Visual Arts Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, in Provincetown, MA, and lives and works in Ann Arbor, MI.