Some Background Information
As a woodworker, Mark Del Guidice has been creating artwork for over 30 years. He was born in New Rochelle, New York, and grew up in the metropolitan New York area, moving to Boston in 1974 to pursue his B.A. in Psychology and Personnel Administration. Initially self-taught, Del Guidice began his woodworking career making his own furniture out of economic necessity, then for family and friends. As his passion for the art and craft of making furniture grew, he pursued formal training at Boston University’s Program in Artisanry. There Del Guidice studied with Alphonse Mattia and Jere Osgood who, according to the artist, “influenced my craftsmanship and inspired me to develop my own aesthetic”. The artist’s early pieces are noteworthy for their post-modern influences and eclectic use of materials. It was not long after establishing his own studio, however, that Del Guidice’s distinctive style really began to emerge.
Says the artist, “My work has developed through explorations of various forms, diverse woods and unique surface treatments.” Del Guidice uses carefully selected fine woods to present strong backgrounds on which he juxtaposes colorful surface treatments. His work is unique for its painstakingly carved hieroglyphs which the artist says are “intended to evoke personal interpretations from each viewer” and are his response to the “inundation of images from our visually sophisticated world.” Del Guidice occasionally carves Morse code messages in his pieces, “utilizing the code from a visual perspective rather than its essentially audible form.” In addition, he carves his daughter’s name, Ari [Arianne], in all of his pieces. A term that comes up again and again in relation to Del Guidice’s work is “sculptural.” It is his intention to artfully involve each piece with its environment. Functional, yes; but, especially, works of great beauty. The artist’s pieces invite the viewer/user to experience furniture from a new perspective.
Del Guidice’s pieces have been featured nationally in exhibitions including the Boston International Fine Art Show, the Centennial Exhibition at the Providence (RI) Art Club; Tercera Gallery, Palo Alto, CA; Gallery Naga, Boston, MA; The Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA; the Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA; the South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA; and juried craft shows in Philadelphia, PA; Providence, RI; Chicago, IL, Washington, D.C. and Boston, MA. His pieces are also in the permanent collections of the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, CT; the Smith College Art Museum in Northampton, MA; The Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA; and The Art Complex Museum of Duxbury, MA as well as many private collections.
In addition, Del Guidice has received a Mass Cultural Council Fellowship, an Artist Award from the Society of Arts and Crafts, a Gold Award from the Smithsonian Craft Show, and the Marc Harrison Award from the Fine Furnishings Show in Providence RI. He is also published in many catalogues and daily print as well as several books including Art for Everyday, Patricia Conway; and Studio Furniture: Today’s Leading Woodworkers, Schiffer Publishing.
Maintaining a woodworking studio in Stow, MA; Del Guidice continues to create speculative works of his unique vision, as well as one-of-a-kind commissions for individuals and institutions.
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