Mark Kelvin Horton

Mark Kelvin Horton
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About the Artist:

Mark Kelvin Horton was born and raised in rural North Carolina. After graduating from East Carolina University School of Art in 1983, Horton moved to New York City to begin a career in advertising and design. He carried with him the dream of someday becoming a painter.

Eighteen years of living in New York were spent working as a creative director in various advertising agencies and eventually founding his own design company. Those years also provided an invaluable opportunity for Horton to view firsthand the seemingly endless number of masterworks of art in the city’s museums and galleries. Horton was captivated by the works of George Inness, Herman Herzog, Frederick Church and the tonalist photographer, Edward Steichen. He also admired and studied the realism of John Singer Sargent and Winslow Homer as well as the romantic landscapes of the Hudson River School painters. The experience had a profound effect on his artistic development.

During his years working as an artistic director and designer, Horton continued to nurture his “fine art side”, drawing, sketching and painting whenever he had the opportunity. In early 2001 Horton made the decision to devote himself to painting full-time. He left New York City and returned to his Southern roots, moving to Charleston, South Carolina.

Horton is particularly fascinated with the effects of light and weather upon the landscape. He paints beyond a literal interpretation of a scene to portray nature in a way that reflects his own ideas and sensibilities while capturing the spirit, color and changing light of a place.

EDUCATION

East Carolina University, BFA-Graphic Design, 1983
Wingate College, 1978-1979
Studies with Michael Workman, Caroline Anderson and T. Allen Lawson

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2012
Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition
Charleston, SC

Door County Plein Air Festival Invitational
Fish Creek, Wisconsin

Cashiers Plein Air Festival Invitational
Cashiers, NC

Waterfowl Festival Invitational
Easton, MD

10-Year Retrospective, Wingate University
Wingate, NC

Southern Scenes
Horton Hayes Fine Art, Charleston, SC

Recent Paintings, City Art Gallery
Greenville, NC

2011
The English Landscape, Horton Hayes Fine Art
Charleston, SC

Southern Legacy, City Art Gallery
Greenville, NC

2010
Salmagundi Club Non-Member Juried Exhibition
New York, NY

Salon International Show
Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX

Montgomery Museum Auction
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL

Autumn Competition
Bucks County Gallery, New Hope, PA

2009
American Impressionist Society, 10th Annual National Juried Exhibition
Saks Gallery, Denver, CO

Time and Place
Horton Hayes Fine Art, Charleston, SC

Salon International Show
Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX

Salmagundi Club Non-Member Juried Exhibition
New York, NY

High Country, Low Country: Solo Show
Hill House Gallery, The Reserve at Lake Keowee

Summer Solstice
Fountainside Gallery, Wilmington, NC

The Hunt
City Art Gallery, Greenville, NC

Charleston Fine Art Auction
Charleston, SC

2008
New Work
City Art Gallery, Greenville, NC

Salmagundi Club Non-Member Juried Exhibition
New York, NY

Charleston Fine Art Auction
Charleston, SC

Recent Travels/Solo Show
Horton Hayes Fine Art, Charleston, SC

2007
Lost and Found: Wanderings and Discoveries Along the Carolina Coast
City Art Gallery, Greenville, NC

Earth, Sky, Water
Horton Hayes Fine Art, Charleston, SC

2006
Past Presence: Views of Ireland: Solo Show
Horton Hayes Fine Art, Charleston, SC

Charleston Fine Art Auction
Charleston, SC

New Paintings
City Art Gallery, Greenville, NC

Hilton Head Art League: National Juried Art Exhibition
The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head Island, SC

HONORS AND AWARDS
American Impressionist Society 10th Annual National Juried Exhibition, 2009
Salmagundi Club Open Exhibition - Winner: Washington Square Award 2009
Salon International Artist in Residence, Balsam Mountain Preserve, NC, August 2009
2008 Paint the Parks Top 100
Artist in Residence, Lake Keowee Preserve, SC, December 2008
2008 Salmagundi Club Open Exhibition
Artist in Residence, Balsam Mountain Preserve, NC, June 2008
2007 Paint America Top 100
2007 Paint the Parks Top 100
Selected to represent South Carolina Artists, Art in Embassies Program for the United States Department of State, US Embassy, Ottawa, Canada

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Garden And Gun Magazine, August 2009
American Art Collector, November 2009
Southwest Art, November 2009
Charleston Style and Design, Winter 2009
Kiawah Island Legends, 2008 Volume 19/Number 1
American Art Collector, April 2008
Charleston Mercury, Spring 2006
Art and Antiques, October 2005

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Oil Painters of America
American Society of Marine Artists, Signature Member
Charleston Outdoor Painters Association

SELECTED CLIENTS AND COLLECTIONS
Applera Corporation
Barbara Southerland Design, New York, NY
Cox Enterprises, Inc., Atlanta, GA
Daniel Island Club, Daniel Island, SC
East Beach Company, Norfolk, VA
First Citizens Bank, Greenville, NC
Harvell and Collins, PA
Hatteras Yachts
Hospice of Charleston, SC
Ronald McDonald House, Greenville, NC
Stuart Walston, Inc.

© 2010 Horton Hayes

Additional Information:

Born: 1960
Birthplace: Albemarle, NC