Mark Philip Stone








     Much art in various forms is simply not appreciable to everyone.   Some ideas of color and form require an extensive history of study and experience for proper interpretation.   This alone frustrates and alienates many potential viewers from understanding and enjoying non-representational art forms.

      Small tiles arranged within a frame provide an abstract sensation of a mathematical realization;  even as a binary (white or black) image, the 121 cards may have 2 x 1036  possible presentations.

     This huge series (currently, there are drafts and notes for over 1,000 works)  was


conceived with the viewer in mind.   The artist, educator, mathematician, Mark Philip Stone, studied the common elements of all artworks and the responses evoked by these works.   With the series ‘VARIATIONS’ he has reduced the process of recognition and directed thought to be manifest through these works.  

  The repetition of regular rectangles frames the individual elements of each piece.   The variations in size, shape, color, form, and other qualia, induced by nature or design are immediately recognized as normal variations of life. 

  When asked his purpose for creating this series, Stone said, “Its purpose is to make art, the artistic process, accessible to everyone.   Whether on the most complex or most simple level, these reflect the basis for all art, all creativity.   A rearrangement of common elements to express an [hitherto] unknown form.   Then the generalization is made that slight alterations in form create related yet distinct works; groups of pieces.   The viewer has become an artist!”



“One cannot follow the creative process except through a series with all its variations.” 


Pablo Picasso in CONVERSATIONS AVEC PICASSO by Brassai.   Translated by Jane Marie Todd, Conversations with Picasso, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1999.






Mark Philip Stone

Black Feather Retreat