Mark Jeffreys (b. 1981, Cheltenham, UK) is a British artist 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 Expressionism, Moscow Conceptualism, some aspects of psychogeography and ideas about change and decay.
His ideas are partly informed by his background. Raised in a small village in rural west Midlands during the 1980’s, back when the local farm still employed a lot of people living there including his father, the landscape was often golden and the nearest neighbours were often bovine. There were a lot of fields and woodlands. The closest town was Tewkesbury five miles down, situated next to the river Avon and full of historic Tudor buildings and narrow winding passageways. The Malvern Hills weren’t far away, leading to reluctant weekend walking trips. A lot of time was spent outside when the sun was bright, or hiding inside when the weather was not. There was a stark contrast between the banality of an over managed natural landscape and the workforce and machinery that dwelt upon it. Later on he moved to the Norfolk coast, which has a very different landscape beautiful in its own right.
Mark 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. He has had various employment, including as a finance administrator, exam paper tester, media monitor, web analyst, and has worked in shops, cafes, bars, a street market, on a train, up a tree, and in a greenhouse.
Mark currently lives and works in the Netherlands. Having previously lived in Norfolk he’s accustomed to seeing a broad horizon, unimpeded.
MFA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Art
BA (Hons) Fine Art, De Montfort University
Foundation Art & Design, College of West Anglia
Three Landscapes, The Art Spaces, Islington, London (postponed)
Stages of Life, Harrow Arts Centre, London
Open Studios, ICCI – Jiao Tong University, Shanghai
Somewhere in Time, C. Y. Tung Maritime Museum, Shanghai
MFA Postgraduate Show, Wimbledon College of Arts, London
Otherworlds 1, 5th Base Gallery, Brick Lane, London
One That Holds Everything, Crypt Gallery, St. Pancras Church, London
Life in a Shoebox, Back Room Gallery, Holdrons Arcade, Peckham, London
Mixed Relationship, China Design Centre, Holborn, London
ACME Open Studios, London
ACME Open Studios, London
Looking Sound – live visual arts & music performance, London
The Big Event, Stoke Newington Gallery, London
Mixed Up, Rich Mix, London
Harvest Moon Exhibition – Solo Show – London
Arena Artists Group Show, The Foundry, London
Arena Artists Group Show, Camden, London
Nov – Dec 2018
ICCI Art Valley Residency – Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry, Shanghai, China
Other Professional / Volunteering
March – June 2019
Co-creator, Wac Arts 40th Anniversary Exhibition
A timeline exhibition for performing arts college to celebrate its diversity and impact on the local community over many years of arts education and participation
2017 – 2019
Curator / Technician @ Window 71, Seven Sisters, north London