Mark Gibbs

Contemporary sculptor, Cumbria, UK

Dove,seeds of conflict
Dove,seeds of conflict

Mixed media with shredded UN Declaration of Human Rights and poppy seeds 40x24x15cm base is a floating shelf that can also be wall mounted £1100

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Hero
Hero

Mixed media 42x12x56cm £1500

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Shadow of Empire
Shadow of Empire

Mixed media 60x23x56cm base is a floating shelf that can also be wall mounted £2200

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Shadow of Empire
Shadow of Empire
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Strength & Sensitivity
Strength & Sensitivity

Mixed media scuplture 35x47x14cm £1500

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Strength & Sensitivity (detail)
Strength & Sensitivity (detail)
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Cry Freedom (Nightjar)
Cry Freedom (Nightjar)

Mixed media and African colonial era banknotes on that can be float wall mounted overall dimensions 40x23.5x16cm £1100

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Victor's History
Victor's History

Mixed media sculpture 53 x 35 x 12cm £1500

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Victor's History (detail)
Victor's History (detail)
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After Pandora
After Pandora

Mixed media sculpture in acrylic exhibition case 37.5 x 66 x 22cm £1,500

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After Pandora (detail)
After Pandora (detail)
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Alchemical Bird 1
Alchemical Bird 1

Mixed media 26 x 39 x 11cm £800

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Alchemical Bird 2
Alchemical Bird 2

Mixed media 27 x 20 x 17 cm £800

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War & Peace
War & Peace

Mixed media sculpture including doves made from the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights in various languages-shredded, poppy seeds, ceramic shell form, ash and plaster dust 36 x 37 x 16.5cm £1200

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Ash Birds - Alchemical Incinerator
Ash Birds - Alchemical Incinerator

Mixed media 22 x 43 x 15.5cm £1,200

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Nightjar - New World, Old Wars, 2020
Nightjar - New World, Old Wars, 2020

Newspaper and urban camouflage pattern approx 13x30x15 (HxLxW) £1100

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Nightjar - New World, Old Wars, 2020
Nightjar - New World, Old Wars, 2020

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Nightjar - Hybrid
Nightjar - Hybrid

Mixed media approx 20x30x15 (HxLxW) £1100

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Nightjar - Hybrid
Nightjar - Hybrid

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Mark Gibbs
Mark Gibbs

Oryx gazelle - Scorched Earth Mixed media Sculpture SOLD

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About the Artist

Mark creates complex sculptures featuring animals, horsemen, and ships. Influenced by archeology his sculptures resemble ancient ritual artefacts with many layers of meaning. He describes his work as ‘Natural-History’; in which themes of deep time, loss and conflict are combined with animal form.

​Referencing shamanism, the animals are built from the inside out, starting with a skeleton and often including internal organs which are then covered with bundles of wire representing the muscle groups, or torn newspaper to represent feathers. 

The unsettling anatomical look resembles a cyborg or a creature in the stages of reanimation. The newspaper stories are relevant to the works’ meaning, and the inclusion of modern elements such as wire or electronics produces an intentional conflict, are they ancient or from some dystopian future?  

​Mark says he sees his animals as guardian spirits of a battered environment, standing in opposition to unsustainable materialism. A recent series of cavalry sculptures comments on the dangers of Imperialism, and the forces of unrestricted competition which continue to fuel this destructive mind set.

​Mark has been included in the 2018 and 2020 New Light Prize touring exhibitions and shortlisted for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 5 times. In 2018 he was included in the Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour: Craft and Conflict showing alongside craftwork made in UN refugee camps.