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After graduating from Amersham school of art in 1981 I went into a career in advertising and marketing and earned my living working as an art director until i left the advertising industry to pursue my ambition of becoming a professional artist.
I started painting in 2001 and was elected member of The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 2007, i’m also a member of Buckinghamshire Art Society.
I'm a self taught painter and work predominantly in oils, specialising in portrait and figurative work. Commissions to date include Antony Worrall Thompson and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham. I also enjoy the challenge of painting outdoors, working at speed to capture fleeting clouds or a setting sun. The light changes so fast and the most dramatic effects can disappear in minutes!
One of my self portraits was shortlisted out of nearly 10,000 entries for the Daily Mail ‘Not the Turner Prize’ and exhibited at The Mall Galleries, London (2005). In the same year I also featured on ITV’s ‘A Brush With Fame’, and my portrait of Antony Worrall Thompson was chosen as his favourite. In 2012 my portrait of Len was awarded The Artists and Illustrators Artist of the Year West Design prize and the peoples choice award. My knife painted portrait of Tony was selected for The Artist and Leisure Painter competition 2014 Patchings Exhibition and my portrait of Sir Walter. J. Wallis, was awarded highly commended in 2013. My work has been selected for exhibition with The Royal Society of Portrait Painters at the Mall galleries London on three occasions.
I'm currently running regular courses with The Henley school of art as well as workshops and demonstrations mainly in in the south east of England within an 80 mile radius of my home in Brill Buckinghamshire. I’ve also been running courses in the Costa blanca Spain over the past 2 years and from this summer onwards i will teaching in at ' Arts holiday Italy ‘ in Tuscany.
As a professional associate member of the SAA I can offer the full support and learning benefits that come from an art society with over 43000 members.
I’m available to run the following workshops and demonstrations:-
Based in Bucks I am happy to travel to groups in Buckinghamshire and surrounding counties.
For more information please visit his website www.markfennell.co.uk