Mark Gisbourne

Born in Solihull, West Midlands, 1973
Solihull College of Technology 1989-1991
Live and work in Stratford upon Avon


My current practice, and one that has evolved over the last five years, is one of producing work specifically in one size, 21.0 x 29.7 cm or 8.27 x 11.69 inches, or standard A4 size. This decision came about from both a creative perspective and from a logistical need. It is a challenge to paint small when you want to paint big.

I switch between abstract painting and representational painting. Working in one size makes this an easy practice. Abstract painting is more satisfying for me, especially work I have revisited lately in the form of abstracted versions of my favourite films. My representational paintings, however, are equally satisfying when I complete an artwork, but the process is too painfully slow for my need to get thoughts and ideas out of my head. My favourite method of overcoming this is to ignore what would be seen as technical errors, for instance, perspectives and scale, but simply concentrate on as accurate a rendering as is possible. With this in mind, it is rare that I spend time fashioning photo realistic paintings but when an idea calls for that technique I will approach the work in the appropriate way.

November 2017, ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London
June 2011, Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
May 2011, ‘Stratford Fringe Festival’ Stratford upon Avon
November 2010, ‘A Portrait of Two Artists: Rachel Simpson and Mark Gisbourne’, Stratford upon Avon
October 2009, ‘Mop Art’, Stratford upon Avon
September 2009, Deli Cafe Open Exhibition, Stratford upon Avon
November 2008, ‘Bedlam’ Open Exhibition, Leamington Spa
November 2008, ‘Golden Dreams’ Open Exhibition, Stratford upon Avon
December 2006, Birmingham Royal Society of Artists Open Exhibition, Birmingham

2016- Freelance artist for online sports magazine, ‘Bleacher Report’
April 2009, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Shakespeare flower portrait

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