Mark was born in 1961, in Jordan, where his father was stationed as an RAF pilot. Aged seven he moved to England.
Mark studied printmaking at Cambridge College of Art and Technology, and then completed a degree in illustration at Brighton. He went on to work as an illustrator for 15 years, with clients including Penguin, Random House and the National Theatre. During this time he began to exhibit, and in 1990 Mark had his first exhibition at Beaux Arts Bath.
“In 1999 I was ecstatic to have a portrait accepted for the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery,” Mark recalls. “I had another accepted the following year and received a commendation in 2002. This led to my first portrait commission and marked the start of my career as a portrait painter.”
Mark has been the recipient of many prestigious awards and prizes, such as: the BP Portrait Award; the RA Summer Show; The Discerning Eye; and the Lynn Painters-Stainers Prize. Mark also teaches part-time at the National Portrait Gallery.
Nat West Art Prize Shortlisted 1987
Hunting Art Prize 1998 /winner 2000/2003
Discerning Eye Competition 1998/1999/2001/Founders Prize 2014/2015/2016/2017/2020/Mentors prize 2019
Laing Art Prize 1999
R A Summer show 2001/2003/2006/2020
BP Portrait Award 2000/2001/commended 2002
Threadneedle Art Prize 2010
Lynne Stainer’s Art Prize 2013
Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2016/2019/First prize 2020
Wells Art Contemporary 2018
Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2020
Andelli Art “Figures and faces” 2018 “Perfectly Formed” 2019 Christmas show 2020
Flowers Gallery “Small is Beautiful” 2019/2020
Long and Ryle Christmas show 2020
Beaux Art Bath 1990/1992 and 1998/2021
Long and Ryle 2000/2002/2004/2005/2007/2008/2010/2015
Paul Smith Westbourne Grove 2019