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Mark graduated with a degree in fine art from Middlesex University in the 1990s. Working exclusively in oils his subjects have covered a range of sporting areas over the years including football, boxing, rugby and cricket to name but a few. He has carried out important commissions for a number of Premiership football clubs including Newcastle United, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Glasgow Rangers as well as footballers and managers themselves.
More recently Mark has turned his attention to equine subject matter and has depicted a number of modern legends of the turf including Frankel, Sea the Stars and Hurricane Fly. He has had his work exhibited at a number of national racecourses including Doncaster, Newcastle, Bath and Kelso respectively. Recently he was also commissioned to produce a painting for the 25th Cartier Awards -by the British Horseracing Authority.
Equine art has provided Mark with a new impetus in his art. A wonderful subject matter in its own right, Mark aims to capture the drama of racing by the depicting of the physicality of horses themselves and creating the illusion of movement, space and colour. Then there is the challenge of successfully conveying different textures and materials like a horse’s musculature, jockey’s silks or leather bridle? These are welcome pictorial difficulties which Mark feels has improved him as an artist.
Apart from 3 years at art school in London, Mark has lived and worked in Newcastle upon Tyne all his life and uses the natural beauty of the area to inspire his art.