Born in Hobart, Tasmania
Mark studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts at College of Fine Art (formerly City Art Institute), University of New South Wales (UNSW). He also completed a Diploma of Art (Painting Prize – Distinction) at Hornsby
TAFE in Sydney – studying under Peter Godwin, Madeline Holiday, Valerie Olsen and Bela Ivanyi (Painting, Drawing, Art History and Photography). He studied Sculpture at Meadowbank 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 and Territories of Australia. He’s a Gallery enthusiast and attends as many Art Galleries and Museums as he can. Mark’s also a keen investor of Art, particularly Aboriginal and Modern Art.
An earlier exhibition held almost 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 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 painted a portrait of good friend, Hugh Jackman in New York, for the Archibald prize. In 2018, he painted a portrait of family friend, Alice Williams – acknowledging her selection in the Australian Women’s Water Polo Team. Last year, 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). Earlier this year, Mark entered the Archibald again, painting a self-portrait (in abstract form).
After 30 years in corporate life, Mark returned to his painting and drawing, creating pieces from his newly built Art Studio. His 2019 solo Exhibition, “Wanderlust” (Percolator Gallery in Paddington, Brisbane), was well attended and extremely successful. Many pieces were purchased prior to the Opening night by generous interstate collectors and friends. The ‘Wanderlust’ artworks were produced sporadically, over a 9 year period and were inspired by Mark’s passion for travelling and his appreciation of colour, movement
Mark was thrilled to have Hugh attend his exhibition in Paddington, in between his own Australian shows, (“The Man, The Music, The Show”); and he also purchase several pieces for he and Deb’s Manhattan and Hamptons’ properties. A 5th drawing was purchased, “Hawaii – Big Island”, 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 now hang on the walls in her Los Angeles home.
Mark has also donated some of his works to various charities (including Gotcha 4 Life); and is happy to help where possible.
A number of commissioned artworks followed the 2019 exhibition, and further sales (mostly from the website www.markandrews.co), continue to encourage more art. Thanks partly to lockdowns and travel restrictions, Mark was able to concentrate the majority of this time, creating new paintings and drawings – and a collection of these have been selected for this upcoming exhibition. In May 2021, Mark opens the “Expressive Therapy” Exhibition, at the Petrie Terrace Gallery (Royal Queensland Art Society), in Brisbane.
Mark’s works are represented in corporate and private collections throughout Australia, the UK, USA, Japan and Indonesia.