Meet Mark Hearld,
A very well established artist living and working in York. Taking his inspiration from the flora and fauna of the British countryside, Mark works across a number of mediums, producing limited edition lithographic and linocut prints, unique paintings, collages and hand-painted ceramics.
Only having recently discovered Mark’s work I am fascinated by the enchanting, and sometimes almost Gothic scenes that he creates. Having studied illustration at Glasgow College of Art and then completed an MA in Natural History Illustration at the Royal College of Art, Mark certainly has the credentials to back up his artwork. Along with creating commissions for Faber & Faber and Tate Museums you may also recognise his work from The Nanny McPhee films, as Mark painted all the illustrations in the farmhouse.
I’m sure many of you, like me, remember the attempts at the dreaded lino print in art class. Painstakingly gouging out chunks of lino with a blunt tool (removing quite a lot of skin in the meantime), covering your mangled creation in ink, pressing it to paper, removing it to view your beautiful picture and the result being quite frankly horrific! Well Mark does that! Only well!
If you live in York then I urge you take the opportunity to visit his home, at the 2017’s York Open Studios 22nd, 23rd 29th &30th April Venue 29, at 104 The Mount YO24 1GR. He will be showing along side painter Emily Sutton.
Plus his venue is only a stone throw away from mine at venue 27, Bar Lane Studios YO1 6JU.