Mark Schreiber, an architect with FMG Architects in Princeton, never picked up a paintbrush until he graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a bachelors of architecture in 1985. By his sixth painting, he startred to win national competitions and receive private and corporate commissions for his creative acrylic paintings.
He is well-known for his murals. Seven murals depicting the history of High Bridge, NJ, can be seen around the town. Arm & Hammer commissioned two murals from Schreiber for the main lobby in the Princeton office, showing the 150-year history of the company and their environmental concerns. About four years ago, Schreiber conducted a four-week summer project with eight sixth- to eighth graders to create a mural for the Plainsboro Public Library; Scheiber painted abstract backgrounds on which each child created 8” x 11” images.
After an eight-year hiatus from painting, during which time Schreiber focused on his family, architecture, and running marathons, he opens a new exhibit of more than 40 paintings, at Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, on Tuesday, October 10.
A native of New Jersey, Schreiber grew up in Englishtown and now lives in Fairless Hills, PA. His mother was a department store salesperson and his stepfather was a federal investigator. For 15 years Schreiber was an architectural illustator and now he is focused just on architecture. He lives in Fairless Hills, PA, with his wife; he has two sons, 11 and 13, from his first marriage.
His latest creation is a 17-canvas mural, “What’s This Life For?”, exploring man’s journey through life into death. Raised a Catholic, Schreiber says the piece not a religious piece of art but more ideological in nature. “I want viewers to think of the big questions: Why are we here, what happens when we die, is there anything after death? I was raised a Catholic but I don’t know if what they’re saying is the truth. There are so many religions and every one has its take on what happens after death. I want to let the viewer come up with their own ideas.”
Mark Schreiber art opening, Tuesday, October 10, 7 to 9 p.m., Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, Opening reception for “The Unknown, Our Future, Eternity, Religion, Nature,” an exhibit of unique paintings by Mark Schreiber. An architect with FMG Architects, Schreiber is also a marathon runner. On view to December 16. 609-924-7855. www.triumphbrew.com. For more information on the artist visit www.mschreiber.com