Born in Hobart, Tasmania (1968)
Mark studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts at University of New South Wales (UNSW), College of Fine Art (formerly City Art Institute). He also completed a Diploma of Art (Painting Prize – Distinction) at Hornsby TAFE in Sydney – studying under Peter Godwin, Valerie Olsen and Bela Ivanyi (Painting, Drawing and Photography), and attended Sculpture classes at Meadowbank, Sydney. He also studied “Life Drawing” at the Brisbane Institute of Art in Queensland.
Mark has and continues to, travel extensively throughout the world; including the United States, Canada, Africa, Europe and Asia, as well as all States and Territories of Australia – attending exhibitions of as many Art Galleries and Museums as possible. He is a Gallery enthusiast and a keen investor of Art, particularly Aboriginal and Modern Art.
An earlier exhibition held almost a decade ago, “Four Corners of Art” (jointly held in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane), virtually sold out, and he’s continued to produce several Commission works since that event.
His works have also featured in many Brisbane Grammar School Art Shows, which show-cases almost 100 visual artists, and includes approximately 600 works each year, making it the largest single collection of art for sale by established Queensland artists, in Brisbane.
In 2014, Mark accepted an offer to paint a portrait of close friend, Hugh Jackman in New York, for the Archibald prize. Last year he painted a Portrait of Alice Williams – recognising her selection in the Australian Womens’ Water Polo Team.
After 30 years in corporate life, Mark has returned to his first love, working from his newly built Art Studio. His 2019 solo Exhibition “Wanderlust” (Percolator Gallery in Paddington, Brisbane), was well attended and extremely successful with works being sold to interstate and overseas buyers. The large body of works, highlighting almost 9 years, was inspired by his love of travelling.
Mark was thrilled to have several pieces purchased by Hugh for their new USA Hampton’s House – including “Hawaii Big Island”, purchased as a ‘thank you gift’ for Keala Settle, for her involvement in his World Tour, “The Man, The Music, The Show”. Mark was honoured to present this in person to Keala, in Brisbane before the final Australian Show. This now hangs in her Los Angeles home.
Several commissioned works have already been completed and further sales from the website (post his exhibition), continue to encourage more works. Mark has recently accepted an invitation from the Gallery, to return in 2020 for another solo exhibition. When he’s not in his studio, Mark finds himself on a plane somewhere, looking for inspiration.
Marks’ works are represented in corporate and private collections throughout Australia, UK, USA, Indonesia and Japan.