Mark Hosford

I am an artist and professor of printmaking and drawing based in Nashville, TN. As a child with an overactive imagination, I often envisioned the world as nothing more than dolls and creatures acting out fantastic narratives. I had a difficult time keeping my head in reality, and I never knew when something I was staring at would become a magical door to another world. When I slept, I was constantly visited by fantastic nightmares. My dreams were inescapable and graphic, filling my mind with vivid images I wanted to relay upon waking.

My prints, drawings, and animations draw from my influences of fantastic, imaginative worlds and lucid dreams. I draw my subject matter from questions, emotional reactions, and fascinations. I use my art to explore the human condition, revealing my personal view of the world, in the hope that others will compare and relate this exploration to their own. It is my belief that the sharing of stories and emotions helps humankind to understand themselves better by peering into the thoughts of others.

Plate 1

In this series about the my unconscious thought process, I print out an original rorschach inkblot used in psychoanalysis in light grey. I then draw directly over the shape in pencil with my first impulse of what I see in the abstract forms.

Plate V

Another rorschach drawing. Plate number five of ten

Plate VI

Another rorschach drawing. Plate number six of ten

Simpsy Kid

Part of a series where I re-imagine famous or personal ghost stories. Works in this series are done in pencil over stained paper. The color border is printed using an inkjet printer. This piece is about a doll that used to creep me out when I was a child. I thought it would try to murder me if I fell asleep under it.

Stull Kansas

Outside Lawrence Kansas there is a place called Stull Kansas. I used to go here because people always told talk of it being a secret gateway to hell. The church was supposed to open up at halloween, allowing the devil to come up. People said if you threw bottles over the broken roof, you would never hear the bottle break. When you went in the church in the daytime, there were bottles everywhere.


I had a friend growing up who used to see a man with no head walk behind her when she came down the stairs. This is my re-imagined scenario.

Hungry Dogs

Screenprint. This Piece is about desperation. The dogs have a limited opportunity to catch the fleeting sustanance falling down into a space that they can not reach.

Exorcising The Unconscious II

Screenprint. A piece about having your thoughts and emotions pulled from outward from within by a mysterious set of hands.

Bear Trap

Screenprint. A bear is being led out into a new environment only to be led directly into harms way


Just a screenprint of my version of Baphomet, a half man half goat being. Created for a multi-artist portfolio dealing with big ol’ demon heads.

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Mark Hosford: Drawing, Printmaking, Animation


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