Mark Roscoe is a British artist and portrait painter best known for his traditional paintings of business leaders and heads of colleges in London, Oxford, and Cambridge. He has also worked internationally on portraits for clients based in India, Malaysia, Eastern Europe, and New York.
From an early age, Mark enjoyed drawing and painting as most children do, and often made sketches of his friends and family for practice. After secondary school, he followed the natural progression and studied fine art (drawing and painting) at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. During his final year, a self-portrait was successfully exhibited in the 1998 BP Portrait Awards and it was chosen to advertise the exhibition nationwide, this exposure/lucky break established his reputation for being a portrait painter and commissions started coming in. Since then he has completed over 200 portraits for a variety of private clients, large companies, and institutions, painted Bill Oddie for the BBC 1 Programme “Star Portraits with Rolf Harris” and won multiple awards including the much respected Ondaatjie award for portraiture. In 2016 he became a fully elected member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
First and foremost, Mark prides himself on being a nice guy, easy to work with, hard-working, and honest. He looks for the good in people not just with portraits but in life. He is always trying to improve and develop his work, attempting to make each new painting better than the last.