Ephrata artist on display in Lancaster

By on October 4, 2017

Mark Kromer, of Ephrata, will be bringing a collection of his drawings to Mulberry Art Studios this October.

The exhibit, entitled Portraits in Solitude, opens with a First Friday reception on Oct. 6, from 5 to 9 p.m., and will remain up until the end of the month. Mulberry Art Studios holds regular gallery hours on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is located at 19-21 N. Mulberry St., Lancaster.

The pieces that make up Portraits in Solitude are studies in those quiet moments when you are all alone.

“I am recreating that almost expressionless look and demeanor that is no longer affected by the outside world and the toils of daily life” explains Kromer.

The works are executed in graphite in order to capture this solitude. Kromer begins with a loose sketch and then layers in random details. He finds that this process leaves space for spontaneous effects within the work.

Kromer was born in 1975 and grew up in Ephrata. He came from a creative household, the son of wood carver Elmer Kromer and the younger brother of painter Jeff Kromer. At a young age he was fascinated by the fantasy and sci-fi art of the 70s and 80s, but was increasingly influenced by his brother’s work and later by the art of his art teacher, Richard Huck. During his early years he had created illustrations for various venues including album covers for several bands. Currently he focuses his efforts on portraiture.

For more information, and to preview the artwork of Portraits in Solitude, visit mulberryartstudios.com.

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