Mark has worked as a product designer and creates art pieces in his personal time, but he’s also a sword master and has trained many famous actors on movie sets.
As his main profession Mark Evan Ivie has worked for the past 25 years in the Industrial Design (product design) field. He has worked as model maker, designer, contractor, project manager and design director for various companies, including Designworks/USA (BMW) and on projects as varied as Samsonite patio furniture, Compaq computers, the Disneyland Monorail, Clark Forklifts, BMW cars and much more.
In parallel, Mark has had the opportunity to work on several films choreographing swordfights, training and doubling for actors and even performing some bit roles and stunts. Some of the films include: The Mask of Zorro, The Legend of Zorro, Pirates of the Caribbean (episode 1), The Three Musketeers (Disney version), First Knight, and soon. He has trained such actors as Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Richard Gere, Madonna, Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris O’Donnell, Kal Penn, Viggo Mortensen, and more.
As a fine artist, Mark works in a wide variety of mediums, including oils, watercolors, colored pencils, acrylics and charcoal, each used to express his keen sense of composition, color and contrast. Born in a log house in Eagle River, Alaska, he has a tremendous appreciation for the splendor of the outdoors, its wildness and subtleties. His passion is capturing that energy in his landscapes as well as the cultural and emotional expressions of the subjects and places he paints and draws. He has traveled extensively throughout the world drawing and painting as well as collecting images and inspiration to bring to his studio. Mark has recently relocated and has set up his new studio near Spring Hill, Tennessee.
Mark will give a free presentation at the Library about his work and he’ll be exhibiting both antique and movie swords at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 21.
The Spring Hill Public Library is located at 144 Kedron Pkwy. in Spring Hill. The Library serves all those that live and work in either Maury or Williamson County. The library offers books, audio books, movies, WiFi, computer usage, research internet databases, and is a great place to connect with others in the community. For more information you can call 931-486-2932 or go to www.springhilllibrary.org.
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