Above you can see two of my recent portrait commissions, both 30" x 25" inches. They have now been approved by the client and framed and will be delivered on a day which is most convenient. Commissioning a portrait can feel like such a daunting task so I try to alleviate any concerns from the first point of contact, from the very first phone call/e-mail. The process should be enjoyable, perhaps even exciting and I always do my best to keep it that way. To find out more feel free to get in touch. Mark
The UK Coloured Pencil Society have included Marks drawing of Eniola Sokalu in their 20th Anniversary Gala Exhibition. The drawing can be seen alongside the other works at the Bargehouse gallery, South bank, London.
Marks recent work "painting of my children" has been accepted into the SPA in Edinburgh and will be on show at the Scottish Arts Club from 30th October to 27th November.
St Edmunds College have commissioned Mark to paint two portraits for their permanent collection. Firstly, a portrait of Patrick Mitton who was the Chairman of Governors, and the second portrait will be of Cardinal Vincent Nichols who is President of the College.
Brentwood School in Essex have commissioned a portrait of Sir Michael Snyder who is a Governor at the school. In addition to his role at the school, Sir Michael is also a businessman, a politician and a Metropolitan Grand Master of the Freemasons of London.
Mark has received a large portrait commission from Mr Venu Srinivasan who is the chairman of the TVS Motor Company. Once completed the portrait will be boxed and shipped to his home in Singapore.
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters are having their Annual Exhibition a little later than usual this year because of the governments lockdown and social distancing rules but its better late than never. It will be running from the 16th to 26th September. Mark will be exhibiting his portrait of Sir Brian Leveson, Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, and Sir Peter Estlin, 691st Lord Mayor of London.
Mark has received a commission from Sedbergh School to paint a group portrait involving their Principal Mr Andrew Fleck, the Chief operating officer Peter Marshall, and Mr Hugh Blair, the recently retired Chairman of Governors.
A former pupil of St Edmund’s College- Michael Holland, has commissioned a portrait of the late Father Michael Pinot de Moira and is generously gifting it to the college. Father pinot had been a priest-schoolmaster at St Edmund’s for 55 years until his death at the age of 80 and had been well regarded. The portrait will be unveiled later this year.
Mark is delighted to have received a commendation for his Self Portrait from the Scottish Portrait Awards. The opening ceremony was held at the Scottish Art Club in Edinburgh which he attended with his wife Clare. The SPA’s will then be moving to the Glasgow Art Club, from 17th January – 15th February and Kirkcudbright Galleries from 14th March – 24th May.
The results are in from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition and for the second year running Mark was found to be one of the most sought after portrait painters (based on the number of enquiries made throughout the exhibition) This year Mark reached the top two.
Mark attended the unveiling of his portrait of Sir Brian Leveson during the Chancellors dinner inside the spectacular Liverpool Cathedral. The portrait was then delivered to Liverpool John Moores University where it will enter their permanent collection.
Keble College, Oxford, have commissioned two portrait drawings of much valued members of the college community. Firstly a posthumous portrait of Mr Stephen Cameron who was a much admired computer Science Fellow, and a portrait of Amanda Philips, who alongside her husband Sir Jonathan Phillips - the current Warden have worked tirelessly for the college.