This work was commissioned in 2016 for a new medical centre in Ipswich: a painting 3ft by 4ft. Details of the picture were enlarged, printed onto vinyl and attached to architectural features in the building.
During the coronavirus lockdown I was unable to go out and paint, so I stayed in and painted. This is the result - painted from my front bedroom window, looking down into the street. It's not something I would normally have considered as a subject, but I was struck by how this familiar scene had changed: the lack of cars, the number of people walking, cycling and jogging, and chatting from a safe distance. Above all I was struck by the light - day after day of consistent sunshine made painting easier, and such strong light too, due to the lack of pollution in the air. I've run out of canvasses so I painted it on a piece of plywood .It has been published in our local newspaper, on the lookout for news of unusual things people have been doing during lockdown
The scene has changed since I finished the picture - more cars ,fewer walkers - more like how it was before lockdown. Already it has become a record of the past, which I look back on with mixed feelings.
Artist and Illustrator
Mark receiving his award from Hugh Casson's daughter, Nicky Hessenberg and Christopher Lebrun, President of the RA.
Still-life with nectarines and plastic ~ 2019
One of a new series of paintings about plastic waste - a subject I get very worked up about. I have tried to make the packaging an integral part of the composition, suggesting that there isn't a straightforward solution to the problem.
Tide Mill Crossing, Woodbridge (No. 2) 2020
This is one of a series of recent paintings of my home town. See Gallery page for more.
This work, which was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2018, was awarded the prestigious Hugh Casson Drawing Prize, worth £5000.
UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS: There aren't any - they've all been cancelled!