Born in Hobart, Tasmania
Mark studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the City Art Institute / College of Fine Art, (UNSW). He completed a Diploma of Art (Painting Prize – Distinction) at Hornsby TAFE in Sydney – studying under Peter Godwin, Madeline Halliday, Valerie Olsen, Christine Cornish, Simon Laverty and Bela Ivanyi -(Painting, Drawing, Art History and Photography). He studied Sculpture at Meadowbank TAFE in Sydney for 2 years and also attended “Life Drawing” classes at the Brisbane Institute of Art, in Queensland.
Mark has travelled extensively throughout Asia and Europe, the United States, Canada and Africa, as well as all States & Territories of Australia. He’s a Gallery enthusiast and attends as many Art Galleries and Museums as he can and is also a keen investor of Art, particularly Aboriginal and Modern Art.
An exhibition held a decade ago, “Four Corners of Art” (Fortitude Valley, Brisbane), virtually sold out, and he’s continued to produce several Commission works ever since. His works have also featured in several Brisbane Grammar School Art Shows, which show-cases 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 2014, Mark painted a portrait of good friend, Hugh Jackman, for the Archibald prize. In 2018, he painted a portrait of Alice Williams – acknowledging her selection in the Australian Women’s Water Polo Team. 2 years ago, Mark painted a portrait of prominent Queensland Surgeon, Assoc Professor Dr Richard Williams, for the Archibald Prize. He also painted “Bushfire Landscape” for the Wynne Prize (this piece will be available for sale at his new exhibition). In 2021, Mark entered the Archibald again, painting a self-portrait (in abstract form).
After 30 years in corporate life, Mark returned full-time to his painting and drawing, creating pieces from his Brisbane Art Studio. His 2019 solo Exhibition, “Wanderlust” (Percolator Gallery, Paddington, Brisbane), was extremely successful with several paintings purchased prior to the Opening night by generous interstate collectors and friends. The ‘Wanderlust’ collection of artworks were produced over a 9 year period and were inspired by Mark’s passion for travelling and his appreciation of colour, movement and design.
Mark was thrilled to have Hugh attend this exhibition, in between his own Australian shows, (“The Man, The Music, The Show”); and he also purchased several pieces for his Manhattan and Hamptons’ properties. A fifth drawing was purchased, as a ‘thank you gift’ for Keala Settle, for her involvement in his World Tour. Mark presented this (along with a personal signature work), to Keala, before their final Brisbane Show. These artworks now hang on the walls of her Los Angeles home. Mark has also donated his works to various charities, including “Gotcha 4 Life (a Charity established to increase mental fitness and end suicide in Australia).
A number of commissioned artworks followed the 2019 exhibition, and further sales (mostly from his website www.markandrews.co), continue to encourage more art. Thanks partly to the recent lockdowns and travel restrictions, Mark was able to concentrate the majority of this time, creating new paintings and drawings – and a collection of these were selected for his largest exhibition to date – held in May 2021, “Expressive Therapy”, at the Petrie Terrace Gallery (Royal Queensland Art Society), in Brisbane.
Returning to Sydney in late 2021, Mark is excited to welcome you to his first solo Exhibition in the city where he grew up. This February (2022), his “Organised Chaos” Exhibition at ARO Gallery in Darlinghurst, will showcase a number of his styles, painted over a number of years, and will also include some new pieces completed in Sydney.
Mark’s works are represented in corporate and private collections throughout Australia, the UK, USA, Japan and Indonesia.