Mark Thomas Gibson


Mark Thomas Gibson


Mark Thomas Gibson (born 1980, Miami, FL) is an artist, curator, and professor living and working in Philadelphia, PA. Gibson received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2002 and his MFA from the Yale University School of Art in Painting/Printmaking in 2013, where he received the Ely Harwood Schless Memorial Fund Award. Solo exhibitions include The Dangerous One, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery (Philadelphia), Gauntlet, Loyal Gallery (Stockholm), Early Retirement, Fredericks and Freiser (New York). Group exhibitions include Shaker Museum (New Lebanon), Salon 94 (New York), Paul Kasmin Gallery (New York), Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida (Tampa), Mother Gallery (Beacon), Fumetto International Comix Festival (Lucerne).

Gibson co-curated the exhibition Black Pulp! with William Villalongo in 2016, which has travelled from Yale University to IPCNY, USF, and Wesleyan University. Black Pulp! has been reviewed in the New York Times and Art in America. In 2016 Gibson self-published his first book, Some Monsters Loom Large, with the help of an E-Grant from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, NY, NY. The book was re-issued in a second edition in partnership with IPCNY. Gibson’s second book Early Retirement was released in 2017 with Edition Patrick Frey, Zurich, Switzerland. Early Retirement was acquired to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection.

Mark Thomas Gibson is represented by Fredericks and Freiser Gallery (New York) and Loyal Gallery (Stockholm). Gibson is currently an Assistant Professor at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Philadelphia, PA. He is currently working on his third book Behold a Black Wolf.

In the article Frieze, “Acts of Recognition: A new wave of figurative painting in recent New York exhibitions prompts critical questions about which bodies we depict, for whom and to what end”, David Geers said of Gibson’s work: “For Mark Thomas Gibson, the quest for utopia likewise remains a necessary collective project. Weaving an allusive narrative drawn from his corresponding graphic novel, Gibson works in a vibrant comic-book style, presenting images both ominous and hopeful. … As in much science fiction, the work shows one timeline of many; it’s up to us to alter the course.”

Solo Exhibitions

Resting Space, M+B, Los Angeles, CA
Mark Thomas Gibson, curated by Jamillah James, M+B booth, The Armory Show, New York, NY

The Dangerous One, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Gauntlet, Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden

Early Retirement, Fredericks and Freiser, New York, NY
Some Monsters Loom Large, Fredericks and Freiser, New York, NY

Alamo Revenant, Fredericks and Freiser, New York, NY
Black and Blue, Motus Fort, Tokyo, Japan

Group Exhibitions

100!, The Hundredth Exhibition, Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden
Good Pictures, Jeffrey Deitch, New York, NY
Life During Wartime: Art in the Age of the Coronavirus, curated by Christian Viveros-Fauné, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL
Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of the Black and Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA
Drawings, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY

Routine Malfunction, 1969 Gallery, New York, NY Neither Devils Nor Divines, Mother Gallery, Beacon, NY
Quiet March to a Warring Song, Shaker Museum, New Lebanon, NY Big Ringer, Andrew Eldin Gallery, New York, NY

The Cruelest Month, Mother Gallery, Beacon, NY
Utopias, Gallery 221, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FL
International Comix Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland
Shifting Gaze: Reconstruction of the Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art, Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando, FL
Cosmic Traffic Jam, Zevitas Marcus, Los Angeles, CA

The Curator’s Eggs, Paul Kasmin Gallery, NY
Woke! Contemporary Art Museum , University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

A Being in the World, Salon 94, New York, NY
American Optimism, Able Baker Contemporary, Portland, ME

The Midnight Sun, Ms. Barbers, Los Angeles, CA
The Landscape Changes 30 Times, Anahita Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
All Types of Characters, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY

American Beauty, Susan Inglett, New York, NY

Blane De St. Croix, Mark Thomas Gibson, Howardena Pindell, Fredericks and Freiser, New York, NY

Space,Curated by Matt Jones, North Atlantic Conference Exhibition, New York, NY

Quick While Still, Curated by Kadar Brock, Heist Gallery, New York, NY

Quick While Still, Curated by Kadar Brock, Motus Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Hollywood Cultural Arts Center Annual Exhibition, Hollywood, FL


Fired Up! Ready to Go! The Collection of Peggy Cooper Cafritz, By Peggy Cooper Cafritz and Thelma Golden

Early Retirement, Published by Edition Patrick Frey, Zurich, Switzerland
(Essay) Oracles: Artists Calling Cards, Published by Edition Patrick Frey, Zurich, Switzerland

Some Monsters Loom Large, 2nd Edition, Published by IPCNY, New York, NY

Some Monsters Loom Large, 1st Edition, Self-Published, Brooklyn, NY

2018–Present Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
2016–2018 Full-Time Lecturer/Critic; Assistant Dean of Student Relations; Yale School of Art, Yale University, New Haven, CT
2015–2016 Painting Faculty, School of Visual Arts MFA Program & Summer Residency Program, New York, NY
2015–present Drawing Faculty, Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art and Music, Norfolk, CT
2014–2015 Visiting Artist Lecturer, Cooper Union, New York, NY
2013–2015 Part Time Lecturer, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Visiting Artist

SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY
Hillsborough College, Tampa, FL
Tyler School of Art, Pennsylvania, PA

Boston University, Boston, MA
Hunter College. New York, NY
MICA, Baltimore, MD

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
SVA, New York, NY
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, NY, NY

Lectures and Panels

Curating Comics: Creating Exhibitions in Galleries and Digital Spaces, The Schomberg’s Annual Black Comic Festival, New York, NY

Black Pulp! Public Lecture at The Cooper Union Great Hall, New York, NY

Black Pulp! Panel and Symposium at the SVA Theatre, presented by IPCNY, New York, NY


Juxtapoz Magazine, “Mark Thomas Gibson: Comics Out of Chaos,” by Evan Priccio, November/December 2018
Albritton, Caitlin, Narratives, In Color , Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, 2018
Frieze Magazine, “Acts of Recognition”, by David Geers, October 7, 2017
Brooklyn Rail, “Mark Thomas Gibson: Early Retirement”, by William Corwin, October 5, 2017
Ridley, Howard, Some Monsters Loom Large: Interview with Mark Thomas Gibson, Huffpost, 2016
Whitehot Magazine, “Aspects of American History: Mark Gibson Interview,” by Irena Jurek, September 2015
ARTnews, “A Truffle Pig Heads for the Piers: Kenny Schachter in New York (Part 1),” by Kenny Schachter, March 9, 2015
Artnews, “Some Monsters Loom Large at the Armory Show,” by Barbara A. MacAdam, March 5, 2015
he New York Times, “Peggy Cooper Cafritz: Everything in a Big Way,” by Penelope Green, January 14, 2015
Eyes Toward The Dove, “Highlights from 2013 and Previews for 2014,” by Katy Diamond Hamer
Vulture Magazine, “10 Black Artists on the Lessons of Ebony and Jet,” by Katy Diamond Hamer, December 19, 2014
Mar/Apr 2010, Vol 4 Issue 4: Artillery Killer Text on Art, “Quick While Still,” by Chris Bors

Ely Harwood Schless Memorial Fund Award 2013, Yale School of Art
Yale Norfolk Assistantship 2012, awarded by Samuel Messer, Associate Dean, Yale School of Art