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Mark S. Gagne - Artist

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada


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Mark S. Gagne

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Mark Gagne was born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada in 1976. Always artistically inclined, he studied Fine Arts at Cambrian College. He trained in several different artistic mediums but found photography to be his greatest passion. After completing his diploma, Mark delved even more into his photographic practice, focusing on the effects of time, the abandoned, the derelict, and those things we leave behind. In the early 2010’s, he revisited illustration and found a renewed vigor for his artistic endeavors.


Throughout his life, Mark has struggled with mental illness and his illustrations can often act as a barometer of his mental health. A withdrawn period while fighting depression where little is kept and much ends up in the garbage. After the depths of depression, his work will often carry the theme of finding the light in the darkness. While struggling with anxiety he can hyperfocus on the details and create at a feverish pace.


Mark’s current body of work, a melding of his photography and his illustrations, explores depression, isolation, and anxiety as well as finding beauty in the unwanted and discarded. He has created a fantastical world that is at the same time familiar, hauntingly beautiful, whimsical, and melancholic. His hope is that people will find some comfort in examining the darkness and that his work will help people to speak openly and honestly about their own mental health.


Artist Statement

For several years art was merely an outlet of creation. I would get an idea and put it on canvas or paper. As I’ve matured as an artist, I’ve come to realize that my work is a reflection of my own mental health. Like many, I battle with depression and anxiety daily, and it filters into my imagery. Weird, surreal monsters become relatable by way of facial mannerisms and body language. These beings are strange but also familiar in a personal way.


My newest body of work is a marriage of my favourite mediums: Photography and Pen & Ink illustration. The dark creatures in these images once roamed the Earth before man, as protectors and nurturers of the natural world. They have awakened from their long slumber, confused and angry about the state of the world and how we treat it on a daily basis. They want to reclaim the land that was once theirs. There's a melancholy power yet playfulness to them, and I can relate to them through my own anxiety and sadness about how humans are destroying the planet.


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In The Press

Weird or cute? Digital Illustrators Use Unknown Creatures To Relieve Pandemic Anxiety Webzine (Taiwan)

Posted October 10, 2020


Posted October 6, 2020

Artist Spotlight

Truth, Lies, and Shenanigans Podcast (America)















New Art Exhibit In Peterborough Features Photos Of Abandoned Houses & Buildings In Rural Ontario

PTBO Canada Webzine (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada)

Posted November 12, 2014

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Mark S. Gagne

Mindmelt Studio

127 Bloor Street,

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

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