Detail from Harmony, by Mark Braithwaite
Artist: Mark Braithwaite
By Mark Braithwaite
Although Mark began his career as a pavement artist on the steps of York Minster, he's now selling work worldwide, and directly from his own York city centre gallery. Who said there's no such thing as making a living as an artist?!
As an artist, I'm lucky to have an impressive client list. I've twice been Regimental Artist for the British Army; for the Royal Artillery and Signal Regiments. Corporate commissions include paintings for Nestle UK and the GMB Union.
A current work in progress is for astrologer Jonathan Cainer. My figurative work is published by leading national publisher Solomon & Whitehead.
From my humble beginnings as a penniless pavement artist, my prints and paintings now sell worldwide, original paintings fetching four and five figure sums. I live in York with my wife and young son.
I'm a self-taught artist; my natural artistic abilities were fine tuned whilst pavement drawing during holidays from Bradford University, where I studied Visual Communications. Whilst painting on the steps of York Minster, I realised I had an almost photographic visual memory, and hence work using little reference material.
Captivated by the vibrant colours used by the Impressionists and the refined drawing skills of the Renaissance artists I studied their work and techniques of artists such as Renoir, Manet, Raphael, and Botticelli.
My work is easily recognisable by its intense colour, subtle alteration of perspective and intricate attention to detail. Recent work follows a long fascination with the effects of changing weather and light conditions - reflections, shadows and unusual colours.
The preferred medium of my earlier work was acrylic on canvas; ideally suited to my photo-realistic style, the influences of the Impressionist and Renaissance artists are much in evidence. Concealed in each of his landscape pictures is 'Lucy' - my black cat trademark.
More recent landscape has been painted in watercolour. My "Lost Connection" series of paintings, featuring the disappearing red telephone box, has received much acclaim.
My figurative work is painted in oil on canvas, using intense light and shadow to create exciting and atmospheric images. I have recently rekindled an earlier passion for detailed pencil sketching.
last updated: 24/04/2008 at 15:46
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