Mark brings materials to life. He describes his sculptures and paintings as ‘Natural-History’; in which themes of deep time, loss and conflict are combined with animal form. In summary he makes animal sculptures including horse and riders, studies of bird camouflage and forest paintings.
1] Nightjar / Nighthawk series make connections between animal and military camouflage.
2] He creates complex sculptures featuring animals. Influenced by shamanism and archaeology, these resemble ancient ritual artefacts with many levels of meaning.
3] He paints anonymous forests, where the location and significance of the scene is ambiguous.
Mark won the 2020 Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Prize and has been included in two New Lights Prize exhibition tours, which showcase artists from the North of England. He has been shortlisted for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 5 times and won the 2017 Lloyds Emerging Artist Prize, awarded by Brian King. Mark’s father was a broker with Butcher Robinson & Staples.