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Beyond age, race or gender, whether animal or human, my images are all related. Believing that there is an essential kinship beneath all surface appearances of differences, I am drawn to those subjects which can carry me to the heart of human experience.
This work is very slow, meditative for me. I use ink because I sense that colour would distract from and diminish the possibility of entering the unguarded world of my subjects. Pointillism affords the visceral enticement of heightened texture. It softens the stark presentation of black and white, reminding the eye that raw life is seldom flat.
"Brothers and Sisters"
As configurations of black dots reveal the latent image hidden on the white paper, a humbling compassion grows within me. Rediscovering again and again the connective tissue of human longing and loss, I become related to my subjects, intimately involved with those images of my "brothers and sisters". Like an icon painter, I strive to release the viewer to discover and engage the divine in these images of fellow human beings. The creative act is a powerful antidote to cynicism.
Perhaps, to truly understand and live fully our own separate lives, we must find and accept the hurt, the wonder, the aloneness, the passion, the despair, the joy and the grief which by birth unites us all, trying to make some sense of our place on this earth. To do less, I fear, only hollows the deaths which await us. My images attempt to suggest that finally none of us is exempt from emotional membership in the great circus of life.
Responses to the Portraits"
“Fantastic work Mark. You have captured the moods of each person. I love the “Faith” picture, well done! “ J.M.P
“Alec was totally speechless for once!! Well done on a beautiful collection of moving images” Alec & Maz Williams
“A real artist, beautifully drawn powerful pictures with such emotion” Vicki.
“Very Powerful and full of emotion” Faith.
“I am a photographer, so I was very drawn towards your work. These images, and your words are very powerful” Helen.
"These are real people. Thank you"
"Extraordinarily powerful. I felt drawn to each one. The technique and the effect are quite astonishing" David Williams
"The powerful images are truly beautiful and thought provoking"
"Thank you. Visually very powerful. Something we all need" Hilary