Mark Gibbs Artist Bio

Mark creates complex sculptures featuring animals, horsemen, and vessels. Influenced by archelogy his sculptures resemble ancient ritual artefacts. 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 in clay or with bundles of wire representing the muscle groups. The unsettling anatomical look resembles a cyborg or a creature in the stages of reanimation. 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 sculptures refer to a little known First World War African campaign, commenting on the dangers of Imperialism, and the forces of unrestricted competition which continue to fuel this destructive mind set.

Mark has been shortlisted for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 5 times, and this autumn will be included in the Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour: Craft and Conflict showing alongside craftwork made in UN refugee camps.

Art Education

1995-98 Cumbria College of Art and Design; BA Hons Fine Art. First Class Degree.

1986-87 Chelsea School of Art, Foundation Course in Art and Design; passed with Merit.

 

Selected Exhibitions- Involved in 95 exhibitions since 1998

2017 Elected a Member of the Lake Artist Society

New Lights Prize exhibition Bowes Musuem, then touring

Cumbrian Artist of the Year exhibition Rheged Gallery Cumbria, Group show

Lloyds Art Group Prize Lloyds of London

Cumbrian Open exhibition Upfront Gallery, Cumbria, Group show.

Spring Fling Guest artist Dumfries & Galloway’s open studio event

Solo Show Gallery Artemis Cockermouth, Cumbria.

 

2016 First Prize Cumbrian Open exhibition Upfront Gallery, Cumbria, Group show.

Cumbrian Artist of the Year exhibition Rheged Gallery Cumbria, Group show.

Lloyds Art Group Lloyds of London

 

2015 The Art of Remembering Barrow Dock Museum, Cumbria. Then touring to the Beacon

Museum, Whitehaven. Group show.

Solo show Gallery Artemis Cockermouth, Cumbria.

Selected C-Art show                                University of Cumbria.         

 

2014 Adventures, selected group show Rheged Gallery, Cumbria.

C-Art @Rheged selected group show of Cumbrian artists and makers.

Inner Journey, Brantwood John Ruskin’s home, Coniston, joint show.

The Art of Remembering Rheged Gallery Cumbria. Group show.

Cumbrian Open Upfront Gallery Cumbria.

Summer exhibition Maiden Bridge Art Centre, Lancashire.

 

2013 C-Art @Rheged selected group show of Cumbrian artists and makers.

Association of Animal Artists Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire.

‘Animalia’ Group show Coombe Gallery Dartmouth.

Summer exhibition Maiden Bridge Art Centre, Lancashire.

 

2012 C-Art @Tullie House Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle.

Association of Animal Artists Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire.

Cumbrian Open Upfront Gallery. Group show.

2011 Totem Body; Art and Shamanism. The Crypt Gallery at St Pancras Church, London.

Marwell International Wildlife Art Society Marwell Wildlife, Hampshire.

Man, Beast, Magic, Crown Gallery, Carlisle. Solo show.

Lloyds Art Group, Lloyds of London.

Forest: Furrow Riverside Studios Gallery, London. Solo show.

Mark Gibbs CV Continued

 

2010 ‘Sustainability’ Foyer of Hammerson's Plc, London. Group show

Lloyds Art Group Lloyds of London

Iona House Gallery Woodstock, Oxfordshire, Group Show

Red Barn Gallery Cumbria. Joint Show

Modern Artists Gallery Whitchurch on Thames. Group show

2009 FiFieFoFum, Northumberland, Group Show

2008 Red Barn Gallery Cumbria. Joint Show

Lloyds Art Group Lloyds of London.

 

2007 Beasts & Borders 1 Solo show. Ice House Gallery, London.

Beasts & Borders 2 Solo show. Barbican Central Library, City of London.

 

2006 Essere Umano, [Human Being] PrimoPiano Livingallery, Lecce, Italy.

2005 Haven West Walls Studios at the Beacon Gallery, Whitehaven.

1999 ‘Lanka Landscapes’ Solo show, Ice House Gallery, Holland Park, London.

 

1998 Degree show

 

Competitions Short listed 5 times for the £10K David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year.

Highly Commended Wildlife in 3D; 2010, 2011  2012, 2013, 2014.

 

Commissions Won national commission to produce work inspired by the First World War for

‘The Art of Remembering’ Rheged Gallery, Cumbria. Show toured to the Barrow Dock Museum and Beacon Gallery, Whitehaven.

 

ABN AMRO Bank; a series of 30 bronze bull sculptures.

Numerous private commissions.

Art Fairs

Edinburgh Art Fair 2015

Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead London 2015

Aberdeen Art Fair 2015

Animal Art Fair, Emerging artist stand, South Bank, London. 2012

Affordable Art Fair London 2000-2008

Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam 2008, 2009

Affordable Art Fair Bath 2000

Glasgow Art Fair 2006, 2007

Islington Art Fair 2006

Great Art Fair, Alexandra Palace London 2006

Inspired Art Fair, London 2005

Leeds Art Fair 2004, On the Wall 2004, Olympia London.

 

Collections Numerous private collections worldwide and the following corporate collections:

ABN AMRO

Royal College of Radiologists

Campbel Luytens and Co Ltd.

The Mastforce Group.

The Insight Co Ltd.

The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad

 

Group Membership Mark is a longstanding member of Westwalls Artists an award winning artist group.

 

Teaching

and employment    Mark has taught numerous art classes and school workshops and has DBS clearance.

© 2015 by Saul Hay Fine Art
Manchester, UK
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