Welcome to Whitcombe's world -- at Starving Artist Gallery!
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painting: City Island Scene
City Island Avenue, City island, New York, scene by Mark Whitcombe
A native of Australia, but longtime City Island resident, Mark Whitcombe wandered into the Starving Artist Gallery on City Island one summer day in 1997, the year we opened, with two large framed etchings that he had done -- "Sunday Twilight" and "Message to My Daughter." (By the way, he also brought a six pack of beer -- to drink while we sealed our art partnership!)

On that day, I was given access to the world of Mark Whitcombe -- and he became a permanent part of the Starving Artist Gallery (and family!).

Whitcombe's world presents us with a view of life where most of us have never gone in our imagination. He creates a world where a city exists on a ship, where boats fly in the air or reside on the roof, where a beautiful woman is an island that sailing ships set as their destiny, where a tunnel has the shape of a face and a centaur sits right outside it with a beautiful naked woman draped on his back, where a giant nude woman travels across rooftops while an artist sketches her -- where a canvas brings to life different times in places far away, like Egypt.
painting:egyptian fantasy
painting:Burnside Ave
In addition, Mark creates technically perfect work, recreating with oil on canvas or in etchings, historic sailings boats, turn-of-the-century English sailing barges.

Mark also paints images of City Island, his longtime home, and scenes from the Bronx, New York, as well, like this painting of Burnside and Valentine Avenues in the Bronx featured now in our "Bronx Life" exhibition.

These years with Mark have inspired me. I am proud to call this gifted artist my friend.

His etchings are always on hand at the Gallery. At times, I offer special exhibitions of his work -- such as the one at the Gallery this past March and August 2002.




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Visitors to Starving Artist delight in looking at the work of Mark Whitcombe