About

Mark Andrews

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 Painting, Drawing, Art History and Photography under Peter Godwin, Madeline Halliday, Valerie Olsen, Christine Cornish, Simon Laverty and Bela Ivanyi. He studied Sculpture at Sydney’s Meadowbank TAFE for 2 years with Michael Buzacott and also attended “Life Drawing” classes at the Brisbane Institute of Art, in Queensland.

As a keen Gallery enthusiast, Mark regularly visits Galleries and Museums both here and abroad. He’s also a keen investor of Art, particularly Aboriginal and Modern Art and after 30+ years in corporate life, Mark returned to his true passion – painting and drawing on a full-time basis in 2019.

He held his first group exhibition since Art College, “Four Corners of Art” (Fortitude Valley in Brisbane, 2010), and has continued to produce artworks/commissions, ever since. Mark has sold a large number of works to various Corporate Groups and his drawings have also featured in several Brisbane Grammar School Art Shows. The BGS Exhibitions show-case 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 close 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. He has painted a portrait of prominent Queensland Surgeon, Assoc. Professor Dr Richard Williams, for the Archibald Prize and has painted landscapes for the Wynne Landscape Prize (associated with the Archibald), and the Glover Prize – noted as the most prestigious Landscape Art Prize in Australia. In 2021 he entered the Archibald again, with an abstract, self-portrait, and was recently commissioned to paint a portrait of Qld Property Developing giant, Tom Forrester.

In 2019, Mark held his first solo Exhibition, “Wanderlust” at Percolator Gallery (now Latrobe Art Space) in Brisbane. Mark had produced these artworks over a 9yr period, inspired by his 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 Tour “The Man, The Music, The Show”, purchasing several pieces for his New York and Hamptons’ properties. A fifth drawing was purchased, as a ‘thank you gift’ for Keala Settle, for her involvement in his World Tour which Mark was lucky enough to present to her (with another personal signature work), before their final Brisbane Show. These artworks now hang on the walls of her LA home.

Post-Exhibition, he worked on fullfilling the commision requests and started new pieces for his portfolio and upcoming shows. Mark continued to sell his paintings and took on more commissions, thanks largely to his art website: www.markandrews.co. Covid lockdowns and travel restrictions became ‘a thing’, but he used this to concentrate on creating new works for his largest exhibition (in volume), “Expressive Therapy”. This was held in Brisbane in May 2021, at the Royal Queensland Art Society (RQAS) Petrie Terrace Gallery. It’s understood that the 50 artworks sold, is still this Gallery’s most successful solo Art exhibition – to date. The next month, Mark was happy to be included in the 131st RQAS Members Annual Group Show, also held at the Petrie Tce Gallery.

A change of scenery and State saw Mark set up a home studio on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with a compilation of works in readiness for his first interstate Art Show, since university. A solo Exhibition was booked for February 2022 and was titled “Organised Chaos” at ARO Gallery in Darlinghurst – with a fantastic turnout and response. He then travelled extensively throughout Indonesia, UAE and USA and upon his return to Australia, was keen for these ideas and experiences to materialise. Buoyed by the response from the Sydney show, he completed several commisison artworks (many of them heading to their new owners in the UK & USA).

Encouraged by friends and followers to bring his original works to Melbourne, he secured an amazing new gallery space in Collingwood’s trendy @14 Gallery. The October 2022, Mark and his daughter Lucy, drove a van with a large collection of his works from Sydney and held “Effervescence”, his first Victorian Exhibition which included Melbourne-centric pieces along with various drawings and paintings from recent trips abroad. The turnout was extremely humbling and resulted in the show being his highest grossing exhibition, so far.

In early 2023, Mark jetted off again – this time to India and Singapore. This trip was marred slightly when a freak climbing accident near Agra, resulted in a torn Achilles . He returned to Sydney to have surgery and whilist having to wear a boot for 4 months and rely on crutches, Mark was able to plan and prepare for another Sydney show. He secured the Comber Street Studios Gallery in Paddington (located just 2 blocks from where he studied Fine Art, years earlier). The Exhibition, aptly titled “Reflection” was a ‘full-circle’ moment for him, and was inspired by his recent travel experiences, is love for the Australian landscape and his memories of Art College days with his friends and favourite Art Teachers. He was thrilled therefore, to have several University friends attend and support the show.

This year Mark returned to Brisbane after being away for almost 3 years, to reunite with Petrie Terrace Gallery. With 2 Sydney Shows and a third in Melbourne, his Show titled, “Contemplation” included several new paintings and drawings and he happily welcomed everyone to the Gallery in March 2024 for yet another successful Exhibition.

 

Mark’s artworks are represented in corporate and private collections throughout Australia, the UK, USA, Spain, Japan, Singapore and Indonesia. He also donates works to various organisations – including “Gotcha 4 Life” – an important charity established by great friend, Gus Worland, to increase mental fitness and to help end suicide in Australia.

 

 

Australian Exhibitions

Year     Details

1987    Group Exhibition                                                                                                          Hornsby TAFE,                                                                                                              Sydney NSW

1988    Group Exhibition                                                                                                          City Art Institute,                                                                                                          Sydney NSW

2010    Group Exhibition                                                                                                          “Four Corners of Art” The Exhibition Space,                                                      Fortitude Valley, Brisbane QLD

2011    Group Exhibition                                                                                                          “Momentum” Brisbane Grammar School Art Show,                                        Spring Hill, Brisbane QLD

2012    Group Exhibition                                                                                                          “If” Brisbane Grammar School Art Show,                                                            Spring Hill, Brisbane QLD

2013    Group Exhibition                                                                                                          “Illuminate” Brisbane Grammar School Art Show,                                            Spring Hill, Brisbane QLD

2014    Group Exhibition                                                                                                          “Sapphire” Brisbane Grammar School Art Show,                                              Spring Hill, Brisbane QLD

2015    Group Exhibition                                                                                                          “Discover” Brisbane Grammar School Art Show,                                              Spring Hill, Brisbane QLD

2019    Solo Exhibition                                                                                                              “Wanderlust” Percolator Gallery (Latrobe Art Space),                                    Paddington, Brisbane QLD

2021    Solo Exhibition                                                                                                              “Expressive Therapy” Royal Qld Art Society,                                                      Petrie Terrace, Brisbane QLD

2021    Group Exhibition                                                                                                           “131st Members Annual 2021” Royal Qld Art Society,                                       Petrie Terrace, Brisbane QLD

2022    Solo Exhibition                                                                                                             “Organised Chaos” ARO Gallery,                                                                           Darlinghurst, Sydney NSW

2022    Solo Exhibition                                                                                                             “Effervescence” @14 Gallery,                                                                              Collingwood, Melbourne VIC

2023    Solo Exhibition                                                                                                             “Reflection” Comber Street Studios Art Gallery,                                                Paddington, Sydney NSW

2024    Solo Exhibition                                                                                                             “Contemplation” Royal Qld Art Society,                                                             Petrie Terrace, Brisbane QLD

 

 

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