A Budget For Everyone (Budget 2017)

Budget 2017
A Budget For Everyone (Full) - Mark Gisbourne Art

I’ll keep this post as short as possible. It’s about today’s autumn budget 2017 you see.

Today Philip Hammond delivered his budget speech; his second budget since becoming chancellor.

I won’t bore you with the details and I won’t direct you to any details either. I’ll assume you already know or simply do not care. Anyway, with that in mind, I’ll continue with the post…

During today’s budget I created a pencil and gouache drawing to celebrate the occasion.

A Budget For Everyone (CU) - Mark Gisbourne Art

Or should I say mock?

The drawing depicts Philip Hammond posing with the iconic red briefcase, or budget box, which contains the chancellor’s budget speech. On the briefcase reads the following graffiti:

“We You Wont, Might, Could Will Be Fucked”

By the way, in case you were wondering, the artwork does not intend to point me towards any political allegiance. Not intentionally anyway.

An no, that is not a cop out.

The drawing is merely a general comment on how I see the state of British politics from various news sources.

I have titled the artwork A Budget For Everyone and is available to own now in my online shop here.


Are you Happy Today? (Zimbabwe)

My work, a drawing titled Happy Today - Mark Gisbourne ArtHappy Today was, believe it or not started before Robert Mugabe resigned as president of Zimbabwe. Why is this significant? Well, shortly after completing the drawing of a smiling mouth with the caption “Happy Today” underneath, I switched on the TV and the first channel to show up was Sky News, and on it, live coverage of street scenes in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. Sky reporter David Bowden was the lucky journalist witnessing this historic occasion as he and his camera crew drove through the busy and thronging streets, its people joyous beyond words.

I have to be honest, my Happy Today drawing was not specifically drawn for this particular occasion, although events in Zimbabwe were bubbling up over the past few days after the military coup started the previous week.

I had intended Happy Today to be the start of another daily work, this time in the form of drawing, using whatever material I deemed appropriate.

The drawing itself was created using pencil on 130 gsm white paper. The smiling mouth was randomly chosen by an algorithm from found images on the internet. The paper measures 21 x 29.7 cm; 8.27 x 11.69 inches; or A4; sizes now installed as my signature work practice.

The series will now continue on a daily basis, but the image will change as a reflection of my status, the world’s staus or indeed, both. But for now, I dedicated Happy Today to the people of Zimbabwe as they start their journey towards a better life.

If you are interested in owning the original drawing of Happy Today, the first in the series, please email me for more details. It will be listed on my online shop in due course, priced at £100 including shipping.

Check out Zimbabwe’s most popular news source here to follow all the latest events from the heart of Zimbabwe.

Vintage Bear Lovers (A Painting Just For You)

Panda Bear v Panda Bear - Mark Gisbourne Art

Pandamonium, as I call him, is a vintage panda bear. He is as old as time itself; my time that is, and he was my first best friend.

He was given to me as a present the day after I was born, April 1st 1973, which makes him an April Fools present, that is unless it was given to me after midday. One wonders, and truthfully, one will never know. During my childhood, Pandamonium was by my side through thick and thin. Every birthday, every Christmas. Every snow storm, every thunder storm. You name it, Pandamonium witnessed it, and, comforted me during it.

Pandamonium - An Original Panda Bear Painting by Mark Giisbourne

As vintage panda bears go, I’m sure you can imagine, with such a long history between us, the thought of parting company with Pandamonium is unthinkable. No amount of money could begin to persuade me to say goodbye. Having shared so many adventures, monetary value is meaningless in comparison to the value of sentiment. A painting on the other hand. That’s a different matter. That’s me paying homage to my little buddy. Like portraits of historic figures of centuries gone by, forever celebrated in the minds of those who view them. He has earned this highest of creative accolades.

This particular vintage bear painting, Pandamonium, is painted in oil paint on a textured canvas. The canvas measures 21 x 29.7 cm, 8.27 x 11.69 inches, (or A4); my now signature support size for all my furture 2D artworks. It is initialled MG17 in the bottom right hand corner and is signed, titled and dated on the reverse. It will be the only original painting of Pandamonium ever to be painted thus sharing an exclusive rarity with Pandamonium himself.

Pandamonium’s portrait painting could very well be in your own art collection. It is certainly deserving of that exclusive privilege.

If you are interested in owning this original oil painting of Pandamonium, please feel free to contact me for more details or click here to own it now.

For more information on vintage bears, why not visit the Old Teddy Bear Shop here.

Winter Sun Messes With My Mind (A Painting)

Winter Sun Messes With My Mind

Winter Sun Messes With My Mind - An Original Abstract Painting by Mark GisbourneIt’s cold.

The light is awful.

Yes. Winter sun messes with my mind … At least for the first few weeks of the autumn (fall) and winter seasons. It’s probably not even the light. The likelyhood is, what’s REALLY messing with my mind is the limited time available to do my work. For the most part, I work outdoors. It’s the most spacious area I have at this present moment in time, and, of course, the light, when available is best outdoors.

The painting, Winter Sun Messes With My Mind, is as fast and as angry an abstract painting I could have produced on this particular day. Overcast and dim. And cold to boot. Winter Sun Messes With My Mind reflects in its strong Vermillion hue that a rage is bubbling overhead and only the brightest of opportunities could lend itself to battling this oppressive menace. There is, however, an underlying joy in what appears to be a joyous man sporting a beard.

This abstract winter sun painting is a artwork upon an abandoned summer artwork; metaphoric perhaps in how colder weather has overpowered with a vengeance.

Thick palette knife work is dominant throughout. The brush was used sparingly but with forced energy. It is a piece that both exhausted yet pleased at the same time. It’s amazing how painful in production some artworks can be. I can tell you that without fear or doubt but whether you feel it or not is entirely down to you.

The support is 6mm thick found MDF, cut to my customary 21.0 x 29.7 cm or 8.27 x 11.69 inches (or A4) and is currently unframed. If you are interested in owning this special piece of work celebrating the transitional period between, mild and cool or light and dark, the artwork is currently available for you to own. Please contact me here for details. Thank you for your interest.

Check out the Seasonal Affective Disorder Association for information on this condition.

The World Has Gone Completely Bonkers – A New Acrylic Painting

The World Has Gone Completely Bonkers

The World Has Gone Completely Bonkers - An Original Acrylic Painting on Cardboard by Mark Gisbourne
The World Has Gone Completely Bonkers, 2017. Acrylic on corrugated card.

The World Has Gone Completely Bonkers, is painting about how, on a daily basis we are bombarded with sensational news stories that would appear to want to send us into uncontrollable frenzies. It has even encroached into my practice with this simple and to the point acrylic artwork on corrugated cardboard.