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Paintings

This selection gives an idea of the range of Mark's paintings.

Please go directly to paintings such as Port in a Storm or the Parachute Jump or simply scroll down through the paintings

 

Parachute Jump

I once took part in a charity parachute jump - never again! Many of us will face situations analogous to a parachute jump, be it a change of job, moving house, or any other activity that requires a leap into the unknown.

Mrs Jenkins' Sunflowers

Based on a local newspaper report and photograph of Mrs Jenkins's prize sunflowers. I added the shed and jealous neighbour glowering over the fence.

 

 

 

Dreaming

(Courtesy of Mrs Christine Bowen of Risca)

A young Risca friend, Wayne Bowen, provided the inspiration for this one:

Are the bubbles prayers or wishes?
Does the hammer and sickle motif represent a bubble that burst?
A dream that faded and died?
Does the railway line provide an escape route?
Or the rugby pitch a field of dreams?

 

 

 

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Port in a Storm

'The East Usk lighthouse' at Nash. I painted this when I heard that a friend's father was dying. I wanted to identify with that family in their crises and to affirm that their faith in Christ can help us weather the most violent of storms.

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Jack's Pill


I like the elongated format in a painting and the muddy expanse of Newport's 'Jack's Pill' provided an excuse to paint one.

I am informed that this was the site of the town's ship building ventures. If so, I hint at this in the painting, whilst the decaying wooden wharves recall Newport's maritime past. Note the ubiquitous discarded shopping trolley, the obligatory abandoned car sinking into the oozing mud and the marooned lavatory seat: all treasures revealed at low tide. In painting this picture from left to right I found the mud had assumed this strange surrealist pink. I did not object to this however and have left it stand as a hymn to the River Usk mud.

 

The Dudley Wharf

A sand batching plant, now gone, close by the location of the new Arts Centre and the site of the 'Newport Ship' archaeological discovery.

 

 

 

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Golden Pylon

Remember the drought of 1976? Experts forecast that summer droughts would be normal events due to 'global warming'. This is a 'composite' Newport allotment scene - a little bit Maindee, a little bit Maesglas. Look out for the Benny Hill hose pipe gag, and there's also an 'art joke' in the reference to Van Gogh's wicker chair. See if you can spot it.

 

 

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(Courtesy of Mr Richard Frame of Newport)

The Nativity

 

It is impossible to be interested in painting in this country without being aware of the influence of Stanley Spencer (1891-1959). He would set biblical subject matter in contemporary settings, usually in his native village of Cookham in Berkshire. " I believe all things that happened in the bible happened in Cookham," he once remarked, thereby attesting to a somewhat flawed doctrine and askew theology perhaps.

He sought to render the biblical message fresh and relevant, and I attempted a similar thing here by setting my own Nativity in my mother's back garden. There is again a seasonal ambiguity, to which my mother commented on the fact that I'd painted one of the trees as though it were summer and another as if it were winter. "That's not very realistic," she remarked, to which I responded with the question, "When was the last time you looked out of your kitchen window to see the three wise men and the Virgin Mary sat out on your back lawn?"

The painting is a deliberately considered conundrum in which various anachronisms and religious symbolism are juxtaposed against contemporary garden furniture. Although the sun is shining there are no shadows, an attempt to create an ethereal and esoteric atmosphere. The Christ child looks out from the central group of figures to observe a jumper hanging on a rotary line, a reference to the crucifixion and the reason why he has come into the world.. Meanwhile, a peacock, the most regal of birds, bows it's head and unruffles it's fine plume of feathers to acknowledge that one more majestic than he is here - the King of Kings and Lord of Lords >> go back to top

 

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Have Toothbrush, will Travel

A self portrait made whilst deliberating whether to remain in a Cardiff flat or to move on elsewhere.

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