Mark’s work has always stood out – compelling, and yet holding something intangible. There is the mastery of light and colour; but there is an other-worldly layer beneath this, a hint at something wonderful and glorious. A sense that there is the possibility of reverence in simplicity.
Born in 1963 and growing up in Australia, Mark has always looked at the world with curiosity and wonder. This has led him down a lifelong path of making art which has become both a philosophical and spiritual investigation. It is a celebration of a world of quietness, and yet profound and elemental change that often goes unnoticed by the endless machinations of the mind.
Mark’s view of the world could be described as childlike, and his paintings have this feel. They allow the observer access to a time of life in which investigation and curiosity were perhaps at the forefront of their experience.
His paintings are both celebrations and documentations of what at first seem to be relatively insignificant events and places, but which, if observed deeply enough, will bring about a greater understanding of our planet, the role we have in it, and give access to a life that is both exquisite and nuanced. There is a divine, and deeply spiritual experience in the celebration of these “everyday” moments. Taking time to sit quietly in these experiences transforms our view of the constructs of society.
Mark believes with his paintings, he opens a doorway to a much more generous and expansive view of the world – in which magic occurs at our fingertips. His paintings have been described as meditations for your walls.
Primarily painting with acrylics, Mark uses a layering process which involves many clear coats, thin glazes of pigment and vibrant highlights. For him, the dance of constructing the painting is as laden with enthusiasm and inquiry as the subject matter itself.