Shop Mark's photos & artwork based on themed collections. Each image may be purchased as a canvas print, framed print, metal print, and more! Every purchase comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Each image may be purchased as a canvas print, framed print, metal print, and more! Every purchase comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Mark and Dawn 2 by Mark Baranowski
Ryli 32 by Mark Baranowski
Evil Ed by Mark Baranowski
Benny Hill by Mark Baranowski
Leroy by Mark Baranowski
Lorelei by Mark Baranowski
Mabel by Mark Baranowski
George Michael by Mark Baranowski
Abby by Mark Baranowski
Miracle Man 4 by Mark Baranowski
Nola Carveth by Mark Baranowski
Samantha 1 by Mark Baranowski
Detective David Mills by Mark Baranowski
Donna by Mark Baranowski
Brenda by Mark Baranowski
Jeremy by Mark Baranowski
Ryli 31 by Mark Baranowski
Rawhead Rex by Mark Baranowski
Jason by Mark Baranowski
Miracle Man 3 by Mark Baranowski
Ryli Morgan by Mark Baranowski
Depeche Mode by Mark Baranowski
Uptown Charlotte by Mark Baranowski
Fran and Miriam by Mark Baranowski
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MARQUIS' BROTHEL is an artistic combination of several of my obsessions; women, horror, Miami Vice*, and the human condition. The "brothel" consists of female models I've personally photographed to produce images I then spent hours digitally retouching until finally satisfied with every curve, color, shadow and border. As "On Mark Productions," my model-actress wife Teresa (pseudonym Ryli Morgan) and I were among the featured guests at horror conventions up and down the US east coast for more than a decade since 2002. We established a worldwide fan base on account of our independent films and music (for more details, visit createtolive.com). Although I'll continue to promote those earlier works both on and off the road, MARQUIS' BROTHEL is now my main focus.
My story...? Well, I've had a keen interest in fine art nearly all my life (my first gallery exhibition was a string painting I did in Kindergarten), with charcoal drawing quickly becoming my own preferred medium. I honed this talent with art classes and photo study throughout high school, and then focused on commissioned portraits in my 20's. Though always a perfectionist, back then I didn't bother "finishing" an image with a background because I'd already exhausted myself - and, quite often, my interest in the piece - with an overly detailed main subject. With age comes patience, however, and I gradually began to focus just as much - if not more so - on what was behind that main subject as I did on it. The trick, still, was finding just the right balance of light and dark to make this rather limiting black & white medium as eye-catching and vibrant as possible.
In late 2015, I turned my creative focus to photography (something my late grandfather loved) and digital painting. This proved to be even more enjoyable and rewarding than both drawing and filmmaking. I'd already photographed Teresa on numerous occasions... Working with several more models was just a natural progression, which soon led to the creation of MARQUIS' BROTHEL.
These are beauties for the beast in each of us... Who's YOUR favorite?
MARK "MARQUIS" BARANOWSKI
Charlotte, North Carolina USA
October 11, 2016
By popular demand, I recently combined past t-shirt designs I'd created from our album covers and movie stills/art into the MARQUIS' BROTHEL collection - each one just as visually striking or provocative as my "brothel" of models. Enjoy!
As my work gradually nears completion on the Miami Vice Collection, I've already begun focusing on a new one; Skid Row's Finest. Inspired by photographer Mark Laita's "Soft White Underbelly" YouTube channel (youtube.com/c/SoftWhiteUnderbelly), it provides an unflinching - and often heartbreaking - glimpse of the many lives and personalities residing on the streets of Skid Row, Los Angeles. A portion of the proceeds from this collection's wall art sales will go to Skid Row Housing Trust (skidrow.org).
*Mark Baranowski/On Mark Productions/Marquis' Brothel is not affiliated with or sponsored by the creators, producers, and/or rights holders of any subject, individual or character depicted in these works, nor is any item to be considered "official merchandise" relating to any such featured subject.