Mark Roscoe is a British artist and portrait painter, best known for his traditional portraits of business leaders and heads of colleges in London, Oxford and Cambridge. Perhaps because of his background in fine art (which among other things, teaches aesthetics and the history of art) Mark has also found popularity with the most discerning private clients from the UK, Malaysia, India and Russia.
Mark started drawing and painting at an early age and followed the natural progression after school when he went on to study fine art at Duncan of Jordanstone College. Working part time in Supermarkets and fast food restaurant’s to pay his way through university and to support his art income after graduating, he became more determined than ever to escape the trappings of a minimum wage existence and began entering competitions and exhibitions. During the final year of his degree his self portrait was exhibited in the 1998 BP Portrait Awards and it was also used to advertise the competition nationwide. This exposure established his reputation for being a portrait painter and commissions started coming in. Since then he has successfully completed a large number of portraits for a variety of private clients, large companies and institutions, won multiple awards including the much respected Ondaatjie Award for portraiture, and in 2016 became a fully elected member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Most importantly, however, he managed to give up his job pushing trollies in Asda.
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 with the hope that each new painting is better than the last.