Friday, May 22, 2015

"Braemhor" (Ravine Avenue House) - Wyckoff, NJ


First stage of underpainting underway.










I have submitted these paintings for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship program for 2016.  This organization awards grants between $7000 - $12,000 per artist selected, so I have my fingers crossed that I am chosen.

I have 19 paintings listed on 1stDibs for sale now, as well as 20 on Amazon.

Finally, the press release for the Summit Medical Group show:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ACCLAIMED BERGEN COUNTY ARTIST MARK OBERNDORF’S ICONIC PAINTINGS TO BE FEATURED IN BERKELEY HEIGHTS EXHIBIT

WYCKOFF, NJ (May 2015)- “New Jersey & Summit Medical Group, Perfect Together,” an art exhibit showcasing New Jersey-based creators working in various media will feature several paintings from Bergen County painter Mark Oberndorf. 
Oberndorf’s work is renowned for his depiction of local New Jersey landmarks.  The exhibit’s opening will be held at the main campus of Summit Medical Group in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey on May 15th from 5-8PM and will feature live music and artisan goods from the Garden State.  The public is invited to attend.
“I am so pleased to have my work featured in a show like this celebrating the creativity which is thriving in New Jersey today,” says Oberndorf.   The artist’s oil-on-linen works have caught the attention of curators and collectors for their level of detail and distinctive color palette. 
“There is a certain kind of quaintness in New Jersey’s neighborhood landmarks that I try to capture in my work to preserve for future generations.  Shows like this allow citizens throughout the state to relive happy memories of times spent at these special locations,” continues Oberndorf.  The show runs through the fall.
Contact:
Mark Oberndorf Fine Art
201-251-8808

A New Jersey native, Mark Oberndorf’s work is featured in museums and private collections alike.  His work is currently offered at galleries in the United States and Europe and by commission.  His works can be viewed at The Westwood Gallery, in Westwood, NJ, Plus One Gallery in London, The Fritz Behnke Historical Museum in Paramus, NJ, Lambert Castle Museum in Paterson, NJ and The Middlesex County Museum in Piscataway, NJ.



Friday, May 08, 2015

Ferry Heights House - Fair Lawn, NJ


Completed painting.
Oil on linen.
8"x 12"







The opening and reception for the Summit Medical Group show is Friday, May 15 from 5 - 8 PM.

I have a dealer in Boca Raton, FL. who is now listing some of my work on Amazon and 1stDibs.com.

My next commissioned painting is of one of the most beautiful homes in Wyckoff.  I'll be starting on this one tomorrow.  It is located right down the street from my house, and I have been wanting to do a painting of this home since we have been living here.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ferry Heights House - Fair Lawn, NJ



First stage of underpainting complete.  I will be in tomorrow's New York Times, Metropolitan section.

I have never paid for a pay-per-view event, but I wouldn't miss this epic fight no matter what the cost.

Ed, if you are reading this, your painting is ready for you whenever you have time to pick it up.  Thanks!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New York Times - NY,NY





I'm in today's New York Times, Metropolitan Section.  This is the 3rd time I have been written about in the Times.

The Star Ledger did a nice article this past week, and there is a mention about the show in the Wyckoff Suburban News.

I had a good bicycle ride in the city yesterday, and noticed that 2 locations that I always wanted to paint have been torn down.  Domino sugar plant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and the 57th St. garage in Manhattan.  I got snarled at by some Hell's Angels also, so at least some things never change.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Glenwood Road House - Ridgewood, NJ



Completed painting.

8" x 12"

Oil on linen.


I am donating the Schuyler Diner painting to the Middlesex County Museum/Cornelius Low House for their permanent collection after the current show closes as a token of my gratitude for everything they have done.

I do have a secondary reason for donating these paintings to the museums thus far.  I can now say that I am in the permanent collection of 3 different museums.  Maybe I'll donate one to the Met in NY.

Monday, April 13, 2015

History of NJ Diners - Piscataway, NJ














Today was a great day for NJ history and NJ diners. The Cornelius Low House Museum in Piscataway hosted the opening reception for "The History of New Jersey Diners" exhibit. Over 400 people visited the museum. Wonderful time was had by all! I'm very happy with how the exhibit looks and how my paintings are hung.  Thanks to all the staff of the museum and the curators of this wonderful exhibition.

News 12 NJ television aired a nice piece about the show, with very good close up shots of some of my paintings.  Click on the link below to check it out.

NEWS12 NJ 

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Middlesex County Museum Show - Piscataway, NJ



Little article in today's NJ.com about this diner show.

Opening reception is this Sunday at 2:30.  1225 River Road, Piscataway, NJ.  Free admission.

Article

I had an idea while riding the bicycle recently.  I will be doing small (5" x 7" and 6" x 6") paintings on panel of private homes from life (plein-air).  As soon as the weather cooperates, I will begin this next phase of my commissioned work.  I will be painting small parts of each home, instead of more formal views of the whole house.  For example: the front door, a dormer, a window or any other vignette I feel will make an interesting composition.

I will continue with the photorealistic commissions that I have on tap in the studio, but these little paintings will be much looser, direct and painterly.  I have been wanting to get back to painting from life for 20 years, and now is the perfect time and place.  I expect each painting will take only a few hours to complete and will sell quite well.

Any inquires about commissioning one of these paintings, please email obern@optonline.net or call 201-694-1379.


Tuesday, April 07, 2015

BERGEN PAC - Englewood, NJ




The snack bar did not survive this past Winter.  It is totally destroyed, and I'm guessing this is the only painting of the structure that exists.  The open to the public building looks as though it will not remain standing for long.  Both paintings were purchased by the Fritz Behnke Historical Museum in Paramus last year.

I have been scheduled for a one-person show at Bergen Pac in Englewood, NJ for February 2016.     This historic theater should be a nice venue to exhibit my work.

Little blurb on MyBergen.com about the Middlesex County Museum show which opens with a reception this Sunday at 2:30.  1225 River Road, Piscataway, NJ.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Lambert Castle Museum - Paterson, NJ



I am donating these two little paintings to the Lambert Castle Museum in Paterson, NJ for their permanent collection as a token of my gratitude for exhibiting my work. They are both views of locations in Paterson.

It was a wonderful experience to show paintings in such an historic and beautiful venue. Thanks very much for everything to the staff and director, and thank you to everyone who took the time to attend the show during it's run.  It turned out to be the highest attended show that the museum has ever had.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Glenwood Road House - Ridgewood, NJ



First stage of underpainting complete.

I will have 10 paintings in a show at Summit Medical Group in Berkeley Heights, NJ which opens on May 15th and runs for 6 months.

Press release for the show at the Middlesex County Museum:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WORKS OF NEW JERSEY ARTIST MARK OBERNDORF FEATURED IN MIDDLESEX COUNTY MUSEUM’S ICONS OF AMERICAN CULTURE: HISTORY OF NEW JERSEY DINERS
The renowned Bergen County artist shares his iconic New Jersey diner images starting April 12th

WYCKOFF, NJ (April 2015)- On April 12th a year-long exhibit opens at the Middlesex County Museum’s Cornelius Low House paying homage to New Jersey’s classic diners.  This immersive art experience honors the unique status New Jersey has attained as the “land of diners.”  With their colorful neon signs reflecting off stainless steel surfaces, the Garden State’s diners have long been an inspiration for realist painter Mark Oberndorf.  Several of the artist’s oil-on-linen canvases will be presented in the show.  From the timeless Bendix Diner to landmark White Manna, Oberndorf’s name has become synonymous with capturing these local landmarks for generations to come. 
“It is an honor to be included in such a meaningful tribute to these timeless structures which have provided me with so much wonderful subject matter over the years,” said Oberndorf.    The show which runs from April 12th  2015 through  June 26th  2016, encourages visitors to explore the beauty and distinctiveness of New Jersey’s diner culture. 
Oberndorf observes, “These businesses have long served as essential gathering places for their local communities.  They nourished the souls of these locales well beyond the food they served.”
For additional information about this show please visit www.co.middlesex.nj.us or www.bendixdiner.blogspot.com

Contact:
Mark Oberndorf Fine Art
201-251-8808

A New Jersey native, Mark Oberndorf’s work has caught the attention of museums and collectors alike.  His work is currently offered at galleries in the United States and Europe and by commission.  Locally, his works can be viewed at The Westwood Gallery, in Westwood, NJ.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Middlesex County Museum Show - Piscataway, NJ



















My paintings will be installed tomorrow for this show.  I was able to see how it is coming along today, and it looks absolutely fantastic so far.  When everything is hung and installed, it will be a show not to be missed.  This is the first major exhibition about NJ diners in the history of the state, and I am very proud and excited to be a part of it.

Opening reception is Sunday, April 12th, 2:30 PM.  
Cornelius Low House/ Middlesex County Museum.
1225 River Road, Piscataway, NJ.

Hope to see some of you there!
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