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Mark David Gottsegen 1948-2013

Mark Gottsegen Mark Gottsegen
September 26, 2013 - Written by  Richard Frumess

It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of our dear friend Mark Gottsegen.  Mark was the founder and director of AMIEN (amien.org), a highly valued online technical service for artists, a long time professor of art and materials education at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, and the author of The Painter’s Handbook, regarded as the standard painting manual for the contemporary artist.

But none of these positions and accomplishments describe the sometimes maddening, other times uproarious character whose great passion, in a nutshell, was to give artists “the tools to distinguish… quality art materials from junk.” And he pursued that passion with blunt words, ferocious wit, the joie de vivre of a balloon-popper, and hard fastidious research.

To both friends and enemies, he could be cantankerous, corny, generous, wise, abrasive, sentimental, brash, fearless, supportive, authoritative, authoritarian, and almost always brilliant. We are all creatures of complex parts that most of us tend to hide. Mark wore his complexity as an exoskeleton. He let it all out.

To me he was one of a kind, a great influence, an unforgettable friend whom I will greatly miss (along with his personal pepper shaker that he always took to restaurants with him).


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  • Comment Link Amanda April 08, 2014 posted by Amanda

    I am so sorry to learn this news. I had Mr. Gottsegen at UNCG right at the time The Painters Handbook first came out. (I still have my well-warn copy and have been meaning to buy the new edition.) I was a very shy student, just learning to paint and he was so encouraging - tough, but caring and really very kind. I loved his class and his critiques. The year I graduated was the same year he took a sabbatical and drove his traveling studio - a kind of old covered delivery truck that he customized to accommodate his project - across the country to make landscape paintings each day; so unfortunately for me, I didn't have his guidance that senior year. Regretfully, I lost touch with him, but his teaching has stuck with me all these years. I just happened to google his name yesterday and found out. So sorry about it.

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  • Comment Link Judy Avnet April 06, 2014 posted by Judy Avnet

    I always admired my folks large painting on the wall in their house. My mother recently entered a nursing home & I took my favorite painting to be in my home now.It is from 1974, titled "Still Life with Figures" by MD Gottsegen. I was so saddened to hear of his death, but will cherish this paining always.

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  • Comment Link Dale February 16, 2014 posted by Dale

    Sad to hear about Mark's passing. I think the AMIEN site is such a great place to learn about materials and techniques. What an amazing job he did - invaluable!

  • Comment Link Richard Lewis October 16, 2013 posted by Richard Lewis

    This is really sad news. A voice full of life and imagination. Not enough people in the world like him and now one less.

  • Comment Link Terry Weaver October 16, 2013 posted by Terry Weaver

    I am so sorrry to hear about Mark's death. Althought he would never let you know it, he had a heart of gold. such a talented and sweet man. And a wonderful teacher! Terry Weaver, Greensboro, NC

  • Comment Link Brian OLeary October 10, 2013 posted by Brian OLeary

    I have used AMIEN in the past for invaluable advice, and donated to the cause.. Mark was great. What a wonderful and critically needed legacy he has left behind.

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