I’m an artist from the UK who’s work considers the informal approach to painting and the activity of making as mutable processes in relation to abstract ideas about environmental space. Although primarily rooted in painting it takes influences from Abstract Art, Moscow Conceptualism, some aspects of psychogeography, science fiction, and ideas about environmental change and decay.
Like many artists I’m informed by my background. I was raised in a small village in the midlands during the 1980’s, when the local farm still employed a lot of people living there including my father. There was a lot of farmland with hilly fields and wooded areas. I was aware of a contrast between the banality of an over-managed natural landscape and the workforce and machinery that dwelt upon it. I spent a lot of time outdoors when the sun was bright, or hiding inside when the weather was not. I have also lived in other parts of the Cotswolds as well as north west Norfolk, in a small village near the coast. When I was in my early twenties I decided moved to London, a city I had fallen in love with much earlier because of its different energy, diverse population and harder landscape. The contrast between the urban and rural and the edges of this relationship became an important source of inspiration for my artwork.
Mark currently lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from De Montfort University and an MFA in Fine Art from University of the Arts London.
In 2018 he was invited to Shanghai, China, for an artist residency, during which he was involved in two exhibitions, an open studios, and an extremely painful massage.
2018 Master of Fine Art (MFA), Wimbledon College of Art (UAL), London UK
2003 Batchelor (Hons) in Fine Art (Painting), De Montfort University, UK
2000 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, College of West Anglia, UK
2020 Three Landscapes, The Art Spaces, Islington, London (postponed)
2019 Stages of Life, Harrow Arts Centre, London
2018 Open Studios, ICCI – Jiao Tong University, Shanghai
2018 Somewhere in Time, C. Y. Tung Maritime Museum, Shanghai
2017 MFA Postgraduate Show, Wimbledon College of Arts, London
2017 Otherworlds 1, 5th Base Gallery, Brick Lane, London
2017 One That Holds Everything, Crypt Gallery, St. Pancras Church, London
2017 Life in a Shoebox, Back Room Gallery, Peckham, London
2017 Mixed Relationship, China Design Centre, Holborn, London
2016 ACME Open Studios, London
2015 ACME Open Studios, London
2015 Looking Sound, live visual arts & music performance, London
2013 The Big Event, Stoke Newington Gallery, London
2012 Mixed Up, Rich Mix, London
2011 Arena Artists Group Show, The Foundry, London
2011 Arena Artists Group Show, Camden, London
2018 ICCI Art Valley Residency – Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry, Shanghai, China