Born in San Francisco, California, and raised in Buffalo, New York, Marcus Vincent received his BFA and MFA (1986) degrees at Brigham Young University with sojourns at the University of Utah, and a private apprenticeship with Trevor Southey. His work shifted from early figurative subjects to non-objective works concerned with ideas around experiential color interaction, emotional relationships to musical harmony and zen gesture. Vincent's works have been exhibited in various venues, are represented in private and public collections, and have been published in a number of books and periodicals.
The works have been influenced by an almost instinctual response to color/space both in the material of substance (interrelationships of pigment, media, and substrate), but also in the indication of space definition as guided by emotional impulse. They originate in an intuitive color/shape consciousness that is articulated by found structural geometric and organic forms that serve as space definers in one sense, and harken to potential architectural forms in another. At the same time, the essential reminder of the touch of the hand in occasional unrepentant strokes lends a sense of purposiveness in contrast to the passages that simply arrive through process. Improvisation is paramount. The process yields opportunities for pentimenti in transparent or translucent passages in combination with dense opaque portions that carve with endless corrections the overall organization. The "State of Being" of the piece seeks a sense of orchestration of elements in one sort of conjunction or another that is similar to a "setting" in musical composition.