Elected to the Society 2017
Mark Gibbs intertwines nature with history; his artworks are a meditation on the fragility of life, and the tragedy of obsolete power.
He says; ‘I’m led by a fascination with making and materials. I want my work to have an undeniable physical presence, and through that the work carries stories and ideas.’
Mark’s animals are made from thousands of wire stands, while the bird sculptures are made feather by feather out of newspaper or combine raku ceramic with mixed media. The mysterious forest paintings could be the creature’s habitat or perhaps the forgotten sites of conflict. The horseman and vessel series explore the contemporary significance of the First World War.
Mark has exhibited widely regionally, and in London and Amsterdam. He was included in the;
•2018/19 New Lights Prize
•The Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour 2018, Craft and Conflict
•Won the 2016 Cumbrian Open at the Upfront Gallery
•Shortlisted 5 times for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year.
Mark is closely involved with Arts education, delivering hundreds of workshops and managing the Arts programme of Carlisle Youth Zone.