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Father/son duo display illustrations in campus gallery

Nov. 11, 1997

By Luke McElmurry

Reporter for The Baylor Lariat

An assortment of acrylics, oil paintings and pastels by two well- known illustrators are on display starting today at the Mark English and John English Illustrators exhibit in the Martin Museum in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center.

Mark and John English are a father/son tandem who have acquired substantial notoriety in the commercial and art communities. Mark, the elder, has received much acclaim for his work for over three decades, as he is the most awarded commercial artist in New York's Art Society. According to Paul McCoy, associate professor of art, Mark is the top second or third illustrator globally.

John is following his father's strokes through the art world and is gaining acceptance as well.

'John is hot on his father's heels,' McCoy said. 'He has a list of awards and credentials that would make anybody weak in the knees.'

Mark's illustrations have been published in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone and Redbook, while John's have appeared in Newsweek, Esquire and other magazines.

Although they are recognized for much of their commercial work, McCoy said Mark and John are first and foremost fine artists.

The artists were chosen by the gallery committee after art faculty submitted names of artists they would like to see on display at Baylor. Each artist contributed 16 of his original works to the exhibit, many of which are widely recognized.

The display content is diverse, representing different periods, jobs and styles in the artists' lives.

All of John's images are oil paintings, whereas Mark's consist of pastel drawings and acrylics.

Subject matter in the illustrations ranges from surreal images of men walking themselves into the ground to river landscapes. While the exhibit has no central theme, a clear style is represented in each work.

'Anybody can take in this display,' McCoy said. 'It is not going to confuse anybody. It is a well thought-out exhibit with a broad range of themes that can be appreciated on a purely aesthetic level.'

McCoy is excited about the display and believes it will be well received.

'This is an exciting group of images, a really good show, and everybody that views the illustrations will be impressed.'

The exhibit will continue through Dec. 12 and is open for viewing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. There is no admission fee.

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