Mark was born in the Potteries, North Staffordshire. His family worked in the Pottery Industry for five generations. Self-taught, he has been painting professionally since 1994.
A member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and the Wirral Society of Arts, Mark regularly exhibits nationally and won first prize in the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2012. His work was selected for this year’s Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Exhibition from well over a thousand entries.
Mark says of the piece: ‘Multi-storey’ is a play on words, it could just as easily be called ‘Multi-story’. Within the car park there are lots of stories and no stories, it’s up to the viewer to imagine the chapters.
He has three other works in the show, all depicting urban scenes in exquisite detail. They can seen at Mall Galleries until 21 April.
Winsor & Newton award two prizes during the exhibition, this £3,000 cash award and a Product Prize: £1,000 worth of Winsor & Newton art materials. This was awarded to Julie Green for her piece Tangled Tide.
Julie says of her mixed media piece: An interest in the environmental issues we face today greatly influences my work. Painted collage elements along with the application and removal of paint and ink have been used in the process of ‘Tangled Tide’. These mirror our physical actions, knowingly or unknowingly, resulting in the merging of our seasons, impacting on the ever changing face of our landscape and coastlines.
Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 206th Exhibition
The Mall, London SW1