Starting in the mid-2010s, Mark Eisen began mining his personal archive with the intention of creating sculpture. In his artworks, we see key concepts and forms built over nearly three decades as a designer.
Throughout his career, working in the diverse creative worlds of America, Italy, France, Japan and China, he cultivated a cross-cultural, global perspective by creating objects that enhance life through beauty. An inherent minimalist, Mark is inspired by the basics of form, material and color. This grew out of early studies in Bauhaus thinking, from where he also became inspired to converge the interdisciplinary fields of art, craft and design. In his current artworks, it is clear where patternmaking, tooling, material, architecture and technology fuse. Mark creates seamless, formal constructions with sensuality, energy, and technical know-how.
Mark Eisen was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1958. He moved to the United States at the age of 19, attending USC in Los Angeles, CA. Mark followed a creative path, becoming a fashion designer in Los Angeles then moving to New York City where he built an eponymous luxury fashion brand that regularly premiered on the foremost runways. With studios around the globe, Eisen's clothing collections were sold internationally for over 20 years. In 2007, Mark re-routed his direction, returning part-time to South Africa where he rehabilitated a 17th Century French Huguenot wine farm. During this time on the farm, he focused on industrial design and began a tenure designing fragrance vessels exclusively for the Maisons of the luxury group Richemont.
Mark is currently collaborating with foundries in California, New York and the UK on several large-scale sculpture projects.