Clique, Mark Oldland, 2018, oil on board, 4 x 6 in. / 10.16 x 15.24 cm.

Mark Oldland's Artistic Expression of Autism

Featured image: Clique, Mark Oldland, 2018, oil on board, 4 x 6 in. / 10.16 x 15.24 cm.

Mark Oldland's artwork offers a unique perspective into the autistic experience, blending analytical observation with emotional response. His work serves as a bridge between his internal experiences and the external world, providing a visual narrative that champions inclusion and understanding. Through his paintings "Bldg. 238 Through the Trees," "Snap Falls," and "Self Portrait - The Original Autistic Burnout," Oldland invites viewers into his personal vision, marked by a distinctive use of color, form, and composition.

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Bldg. 238 Through the Trees
, Mark Oldland, 2020, oil on board, 30 x 40 in. / 76.2 x 101.6 cm.

Bldg. 238 Through the Trees In "Bldg. 238 Through the Trees" (2020), Oldland captures a fragmented architectural form seen through a natural lens. The painting juxtaposes the rigid, structured elements of the building against the organic, unpredictable forms of nature. This contrast reflects the artist's inner conflict and reconciliation with the surrounding world, providing insight into his analytical yet deeply felt connection to his environment.

Snap Falls
, Mark Oldland, 2004, ink & acrylic on paper, 18 x 24 in. / 45.72 x 60.96 cm.

Snap Falls "Snap Falls" (2004) represents Oldland's interpretative response to natural water formations. The piece, a mix of ink and acrylic on paper, showcases fluid, dynamic lines and vibrant contrasts, echoing the chaotic yet orderly patterns found in nature. This painting illustrates Oldland’s unique perspective on the natural world, highlighting the interplay between his precise analytical skills and his emotional, sensory experiences.

Self Portrait - The Original Autistic Burnout
, Mark Oldland, 2009, oil on wood, 16 x 16 in. / 40.64 x 40.64 cm.

Self Portrait - The Original Autistic Burnout The "Self Portrait - The Original Autistic Burnout" (2009) is a raw and poignant exploration of identity, exhaustion, and resilience. Oldland’s portrayal of himself goes beyond the physical likeness; it delves into the psychological and emotional states associated with autistic burnout. The painting serves as a personal declaration and a universal message about the challenges and strengths inherent in living with autism.

Mark Oldland’s body of work is a profound statement on the autistic experience, offering a window into the complex interplay of perception, emotion, and identity. His paintings not only foster a deeper understanding of autism but also challenge societal norms and expectations. Oldland's art stands as a testament to the power of visual expression in conveying individual truths and fostering a more inclusive understanding of diversity in human experience.

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Overseas Thoughts…The Storm is Not Yet Over
, Mark Oldland, 2021, oil on board, 12 x 24 in. / 30.48 x 60.96 cm.

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