Original Art by Mark Spain

Mark Spain’s work has been exhibited worldwide and is collected on every scale from his more widely available limited edition prints to his stunning one off originals. His work is instantly recognisable with a tremendous amount of atmosphere and emotion to each piece. His use of colour is subtle yet harmonic and gently compliments a narrative he builds in every piece. 

Mark talks more about his background, inspiration and technique, “I have always been interested in art right from an early age. After having attended Art College, I decided I favoured printmaking and opened up a print making studio in Kent where I spent many years developing my etching and collagraph techniques. After the storm of October 1997 I was commissioned to produce a limited edition etching of Kew Gardens. Other commissions have included ones for Natwest Bank and The Dorchester Hotel. My art began with a love of landscape images and had many etching editions published by CCA Galleries of London. These were successful and spanned many years. However, as time went on I felt the need to develop other forms of imagery from abstract to figurative. I am constantly experimenting with different subjects and techniques, which I then apply to a variety of images. Although this is new to me I have thoroughly enjoyed and embraced the new challenge. My collagraphs have been exhibited at Mall Galleries, and my abstract oils at the 20th Century British Art Fair as well as other works being shown at the Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Show and the Barbican Contemporary Print Fair”

Rainy Nights by Mark Spain

Rainy Nights by Mark Spain

“My ideas can come from many sources, but are more often than not prompted by music. The majority of ideas develop when I’m working on another painting or in the evening when I’m relaxing. When this happens I do a small thumbnail size sketch so that I don’t forget it. Then at a later date I work the sketches up, until I can visualise it as a painting, with the use of models and props. I believe that the mood and feeling within the painting are as important as the composition. This is an area that I enjoy exploring – it’s such an exciting challenge to try and capture a moment (good music at this point always helps). Once I have a clear idea of an image, I will often develop a colour rough to try to help create the right feeling. If I am working in oils, I will paint a basic background colour that is predominant within the image and then begin to work forward. Once the basic picture is painted, I will continue to work the colours of the subject and background until I’m happy with the general mood and feeling within the image. I always like to create a little energy with the brush strokes, to help give the finished painting some life. Once finished I often place the picture out of sight for a few days and then re-visit it later with fresh eyes to see how I feel about it, and whether I can improve it in any way. When painting abstracts, my approach is somewhat more spontaneous. I don’t usually have any preconceived ideas, and I just allow the image to happen. Colour choice depends on my mood and I usually work on several images at once. I will continue to work on them over a period of several months, sometimes painting major changes to the image many times, until I’m satisfied with the end result.”

Detail taken from - Rainy Nights by Mark Spain

Detail taken from - Rainy Nights by Mark Spain

For more information about Mark Spain, visit:

Mark Spain at Artworx Gallery

Alternatively call 01543 502971 or email info@artworx.co.uk
Artworx Gallery, Cedars Business Park, Avon Road, Cannock, Staffordshire WS11 1QJ.

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