Sea The Stars Racehorse In Two Paintings

Shortly after the 2009 Epsom Derby, I had an idea to immortalise the Irish thoroughbred racehorse Sea The Stars in not one, but two oil paintings. Firstly, I wanted to depict the horse in majestic galloping form, with jockey, Mick Kinane mounted and mid-race pose.

Sea The Stars - An Original Oil Painting by Mark Gisbourne

The second was more contemporary in its appearance. A collage painting of the sea, a celestial skyscape and a silhouette of Sea The Stars dominating the centre would make up an interesting experiment, and a new way of depicting this beautiful animal.

Sea The Stars Oil on canvas - An Original Painting by Mark Gisbourne


From The Archives: The Exorcism Of The Waltzer Painting

The Exorcism Of The Waltzer - An Original Painting by Mark Gisbourne

Back in October of 2009, four artists, myself included curated and exhibited artwork with the theme of fairgrounds, and in particular, the Stratford-upon-Avon Mop Fair. Mop fairs have been taking place around the United Kingdom for centuries although not in its current format. The Exorcism Of The Waltzer plays on the tradition of the fairground rides at Stratford being blessed by the local priest before the Mayor of the town partakes in a ride on the nearest ‘blessed’ ride.

Vogue Composition No.1 – A Collage Painting

Vogue Composition No.1 - An Original Oil Painting by Mark Gisbourne
Vogue Composition No. 1, 2006. Oil on canvas. 76.2 x 76.2 cm

Vogue Composition No.1 is third painting in a series of contemporary artwork that uses Vogue fashion magazine images to create a collage that is then painted onto a canvas.

About Vogue

Vogue is an American fashion and lifestyle magazine made up of many components including fashion, beauty, culture, living, and runway. Vogue began as a weekly newspaper in 1892 in the United States, before becoming a monthly publication years later.

The British Vogue was the first international edition launched in 1916. As of today there are 22 international editions, and the launch the twenty-third edition, Vogue Polska in Polish, has been announced for March 2018.

From The Archives: 100% Human Tested Original Gouache Painting

This blog post is retrospectively backdated to 1990 as part of my retrospective art blog project.

Original Gouache Painting 100% Human Tested Mark Gisbourne Art

100% Human Tested was the final painting of a small project based on a summer collage I created during the summer of 1989. The exercise of the project had several modules. This particular segment was to learn the skill of scaling up small images into much larger finished artworks. There are several different versions of this particular work.

The artwork is available to buy directly from my online shop here.

A Pale Blue Dot Painting: The FIFA World Cup 1974 Begins

FIFA World Cup 1974 Begins

The FIFA World Cup 1974 Begins on The Pale Blue Dot Painting 13.06.1974

On this day in the summer of 1974, Brazil began the defence of their 1970 World Cup triumph in a first round game against Yugoslavia and thus opening the 25 day tournament hosted by West Germany.