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( Original oil on canvas study executed in the style of “ Van Gogh ( heavy impasto knife and brush work ) 30”X30” Gallery wrapped on 1.5” stretcher bars. )

The study was an interesting departure from the tranquil seascapes and warm golden sunsets that Fort is known for. To prepare for the work, Fort, in an attempt to find the energy that Van Gogh’s work is recognized for, The artist would allow himself to delve into what can perhaps best be described as “reverse meditation” Fort , as with many art historians, described Van Gogh’s work as having a form of genius revealed in the chaotic rhythms of stroke, texture, color, and light which sadly, went unappreciated by the art establishment of Van Gogh’s time until after his death. It’s a visual style that is very different from the more refined representational work which Fort is better known for.

Fort, as with most professional artists, typically find very deep levels of meditative relaxation in the creative process ; Says Fort; “ I knew I had to find a totally different mindset if I was to attempt to tap into something that would allow me to duplicate the same visual energy that I feel from Van Gogh’s work.” So like and actor preparing for a role by trying to become the character, Fort endeavored to induce a mental state within himself, that could be compared to the mentally depressed, and emotionally tortured state of mind that historians believe best described Van Gogh. “Almond blossoms against the turquoise sky” is the result. Thoroughly researched by numerous visits to local farms on the California’s Central coast where Fort lives. “ It was an interesting yet stressful peak into the mind of a troubled genius. ” says Fort.

Critics have described the piece as having an “uncanny resemblance to Van Gogh’s own hand.” Most of Van Gogh’s known paintings are now valued in tens of millions of dollars and some have even sold in excess of one hundred million dollars each. The 6th highest value ever achieved for a painting was a Van Gogh which, adjusted for today’s value, was bought for $157.7 Million dollars. In fact, seven of the top 50 most valuable paintings of all time were created by Van Gogh.

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oil on canvas

Almond Blossoms against Terquoise Sky- A tribute to Van Gogh (2015)


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Mark Fort

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