George Marks is a fine artist,
a social sculptor, a designer
from southern Louisiana,
and a favorite of Hello Lovely.
I adore the artist’s palette…the aqua
color washes and transparency—
so tranquil, quiet and serene,
in their buoyant humility,
so mysteriously adept
at permeating a
layer of my soul.
Is that not what fine art beautifully accomplishes?
The veil is lifted, and for a moment we are in
union with the cosmos
(and if we’re lucky, connected to kosmos…
the whole of all existence in all realms).
His work as a visual artist responds to
the people, places, and things in his world
which can surely be rustic and edgy.
But also soft and the fabric of life.
Patrice Melnick eloquently summarizes the artist and his vision:
“George Marks has vision, a key element for an artist. However, Marks’ vision reaches beyond the canvas as he strives to unify people in Arnaudville and nearby communities to create an environment that values the arts, the creative spirit and quality of life.
From George Marks, many have learned about the power of collaboration and high aspirations. Following George Marks’ lead, business owners and community organizers have all learned to promote not only ourselves, but all of the businesses and events of the area. One to one, Marks listens, encourages and is quick to assist others with their projects. Many of us now make more effort to aim high for ourselves and the community.
George Marks serves as a catalyst that sparks imagination and action; creativity and partnership. Marks could have used his vision and energy to further profit in his own career but instead he has chosen to remain in his hometown of Arnaudville where he can highlight the beauty of Louisiana culture and integrate art into the landscape. Many of us now have higher aspirations as we strive for our goals together. Life in Central Louisiana will never be the same, and for that we thank George Marks.”
He works with acrylic, oil, resin, and tar,
and the pieces take several weeks to complete,
depending on inspiration and weather
The stream of consciousness and musing
here began with a glimpse of a single
photograph in Traditional Home magazine
The brilliant and beautiful work has continued
to inspire me ever since…so let’s keep returning
to it and keep cheering on and honoring
the people of Louisiana as we do.
I haven’t forgotten about little Loretta, George.
This post was updated November 2016.
To learn more about the art and where to see it, visit his studio.
Further bio and background via
George Marks is a exhibiting career artist and lives and works in the small bi-parish rural community of Arnaudville, La., home to the NUNU Arts & Culture Collective concept (Arnaudville Experiment), one of 14 communities/projects included in the NEA funded Mayor’s Institute on City Design’s (MICD) most recent publication, Creative Placemaking and recently presented at a rural round table discussion cosponsored by the Arts + Community Change Initiative, Arts & Democracy Project, Center for Rural Strategies and InCommons, hosted by the Bush Foundation. He has been appointed by the Lt. Governor to the Louisiana State Arts Council and serves on additional boards including St. Landry Parish Tourism and Louisiana Citizens for the Arts. Mr. Marks originated the NUNU concept and is actively involved in the evolution of the project. In addition, he is also actively involved with the development of the anticipated St. Luke French Immersion/Cultural Center. He is the recipient of the 2007 St. Landry Economic Authority Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the 2007 Opelousas-St. Landry Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year and the 2008 Louisiana Division of the Arts Leadership in the Arts Governor’s Award.
Peace to you right where you are.