Original Art by Mark Spain

Mark Spain has an unforgettable talent for painting passion and seduction. His range of work is constantly evolving and expanding ideas based on the female form with movement, a key to many of the pieces as well as form, texture and colour, Mark talks about his work, “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.”

Mark Spain trained in technical graphics at Medway College of Art before setting up a printmaking studio in Kent producing original etchings. In October 1987 he was commissioned to produce limited edition etchings of Kew Gardens and has since undertaken many other commissions, with clients ranging from National Westminster Bank to The Dorchester Hotel. His work has also been represented by several leading publishers and distributed worldwide.

Mark has exhibited in numerous exhibitions and one man shows including the prestigious Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Show, The 20th Century British Art Fair and The Barbican Contemporary Print Fair. In 2003 Mark was awarded the Fine Art Trade Guild Up and Coming Published Artist award and nominated for Best Selling Artist the following year. Since then Mark has been hard at work producing a variety of figurative images which have been exhibitions in galleries throughout the UK including Harrods, London to much acclaim and in 2010 exhibited very successfully at the Artexpo in New York, USA.

Magic Moments by Mark Spain *ORIGINAL*

Magic Moments by Mark Spain *ORIGINAL*

Speaking about his work, Mark comments, “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.”

“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.”

“Having experimented with many forms of imagery in recent years, figurative work has been the most challenging and satisfying. My main goals are always to create a certain amount of movement within the image, with particular emphasis on setting a mood and atmosphere. I would like the viewer to be intrigued as to the possible thoughts of the subject, which can only add to the effect of the picture. Pictures I believe must have a life of their own to allow an ongoing interest.”

Magic Moments by Mark Spain *ORIGINAL*

Magic Moments by Mark Spain *ORIGINAL*

For more information about Mark Spain and his work 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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