Mark Harris received his BBS from Ohio State University having studied with such notables as Doug Hyde, Bill Prokopiof, James Surls and John Forno. He belongs to a group of contemporary sculptors who have interpreted sculpture to mean the art of carving stone, rather than a modeling in a pliable material such as clay.
Although Mark has learned much from a study of past styles, his art does not derive from anyone of them but is his individual interpretation based on essential sculptural principles. A sculpture of Harris’ should be seen again and again, at different times of the day to understand the depth and exquisiteness of his work.
Characterized by a strong human quality, Harris’ sculpture combines a deep sincerity and respect for life with a natural feeling for the arrangement of forms in a simple, strong, expressive design. The permanent character of human form in its fundamental relationships is what Harris strives for in his figures. They retain, to a remarkable degree, the intrinsic qualities of the stone, the living spirit of his subjects, and the broad decorative elements common to both. Harris achieves this quality in his works partly through his acute sensitivity to the vibrancy of a line, to the expansive volume of a full curve, the rhythmic relationships between form and the space surrounding and separating them.
His sculpture has a solemn, calm, meditative spirit, comparable to that of the ancient Egyptians, the early Greeks, and the Chinese. Although he has learned much from a study of past styles, his art does not derive from any one of them, but is an individual interpretation based on essential sculptural principles. His work is within the tradition of his art, and bridges the gap between the sincere sculptural expression of medieval times and today. His figures, nevertheless, are not of an age or a period, but express the permanent ageless qualities of form.