'WORLD FAMOUS ON ARTERNET ART' - FEATURED GUEST ARTIST - Mark Burrell
Found paper, card, printed images,
91cm x 61cm x 3cm.
As he explains, “In order to understand the world around us, sometimes you need to focus on a small bit of it, you need to look very closely at what is close at hand and make it a representation for the whole”.
Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts with honours from Leeds Polytechnic and a Masters Degree in Fine Art from UEA at NIAD.
He has work in many private collections, including the Tim Sayer Collection and is represented by Thomas Spencer Fine Art
ArterNet Art: Hi Mark, thank so much for taking the time to chat with us today. Can you give our readers an idea of your route to becoming an artist?
Mark: Difficult to say there was a smooth and direct route. I have always created my entire life. After leaving my degree and Masters courses, I eventually found my way into teaching, like many others. I am now privileged to be able to work fully on my art.
ArterNet Art: Have you had to overcome any difficulties or major hurdles on your journey to becoming the successful, established artist we see today?
Mark: Just the usual difficulties of how to balance making art and having to pay the bills-Not always an easy task.
|“ Burned By The Same Flame” - August 2021.|
Old exhibition postcards,
chinagraph pencil and found paper on canvas and board.
31cm x 31cm x 3cm.
So, what or who were your early influences?
Mark: When I was very young, I was like many, intrigued by Surrealism. However, my main influences have been the Catalan artist Antoni Tapies and the American Robert Rauschenberg.
ArterNet Art: How was your imagination captured?
Mark: I was drawn in by their radical experimentation with materials, but most of all by their use of everyday ‘poor’ materials in their early work.
ArterNet Art: What was it about the medium you've chosen, that attracted you?
Mark: I particularly like the random nature of using found objects in my work. The patina they bring and the story they tell.
ArterNet Art: Can you explain to us a bit about your chosen techniques and how you use them.
Mark: My techniques are many and varied, it will depend on what the painting demands.
ArterNet Art: Can you share some insights into your process from conception to creation
Mark: That would be difficult for me to get across.
|“Heart And Soul” - February 2021.|
Acrylic, pencil and printed
acetate sheet on 200gsm Fabriano paper.
56cm x 46cm.
Mark: inspiration comes from places I have visited, feelings and emotions of remembering.
ArterNet Art: How has your work developed since you began and how do you see it evolving in the future?
Mark: I would say my work has developed slowly.
|Watching The Fussing Of Men” - August 2021.|
Found photograph, paper,
ink wash and pencil on Rowney mixed media board.
42cm x 30cm.
Mark: ‘Mountains Of The Mind’ was a piece that felt right from the very beginning.
|Mountains Of The Mind” - May 2021.|
Acrylic, oil pastel and pencil on canvas and board.
91cm x 61cm x 3cm.
Mark: Just being alive and open to the world.
ArterNet Art: What has been your favourite or most memorable art sale?
Mark: I would say, again, Mountains Of The Mind. I was taken to The Petworth Show by my gallery.
ArterNet Art: Well done. Marketing your artwork: do you have any tips? Do you struggle with marketing and what areas could you use some guidance in?
Mark: I am very lucky to be represented by Thomas Spencer Fine Art, so they do the marketing.
ArterNet Art: How has your arts business/career changed over the past 6 months or year?
Mark: The biggest change has been the professional representation of my work.
I would say the change is that there is more focus on the business of being an artist.
Mark: Not really, studio work takes up most of my time.
ArterNet Art: What plans and goals do you have for the future, both creatively and personal?
Mark: My plans are to continue to work in my studio and develop my relationship with my gallery and others, to increase my profile and find new buyers.
Mark: Do what you love and never give up.
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