Pop-Up: Mark Hudson

Mark Hudson. The Boxer, July 16, 2014.  Colored chalk on paper, 22 x 28 in. (55.88 x 71.12 cm). Arient Family Collection

Mark Hudson. The Boxer, July 16, 2014. 
Colored chalk on paper, 22 x 28 in.
(55.88 x 71.12 cm). Arient Family Collection

October 20-November 27, 2016
Opening Reception: October 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Curated by Matt Arient and Jan Petry


Mark Hudson is a 46-year-old lifelong resident of Evanston, Illinois. He is an artist, poet and short story writer. He graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1988 and received a degree in creative writing from Columbia College. Mark remembers being interested in art from the age of four. His uncle, a printing house executive, gave him a box of paper, and Mark quickly used it up making his drawings. As a youngster, Mark wanted to be a cartoonist and used MAD magazine to learn his craft.

Wherever he goes, Mark carries a sketchbook or a camera or both to capture people and places that fascinate him. At home, he focuses on turning his ideas into paintings and drawings. He says, “It’s much more rewarding than just watching television.” His one-bedroom apartment is teeming with his art, from wall-sized paintings to colorful miniatures. He rents a storage space to hold his earlier work. Mark says, “Being an artist is like keeping the magic of childhood alive.”