Mark Sutherland SGFA
About the Artist
I am a South African born British Artist based in the United Kingdom. I relocated to the South East of England in 2005, after my graduate exhibition at the University of South Africa (UNISA). I live and work in Folkestone where I have a studio in the Creative Quarter.
Since the late 1990s I have been creating nudes and portraiture done traditionally in oil, as well as sensitive, bold and atmospheric drawings done in a wide variety of media. Drawing lies at the heart of my artistic practice and I work from a live model at every possible opportunity. Other important thematic content includes retro technology: Tools, instruments and implements whose uses are being forgotten to time.
I also create sculptures in wood, metal and felt. Many of my human-scale sculptures are informed by the human body, stilted, distopian communication, and human-mechanical interfaces. Other media and processes used include electronics and programming, recycled materials, storm-fallen trees and an array of axes, adzes and other traditional tools.
I enjoy experimenting with media, materials and process, while always striving for a stable, professional end product.
2019 is the 8th consecutive year that I've had work selected for the prestigious Royal Society of British Artists' (RBA) annual exhibitions at the Mall Galleries, London. I have also had work shown at the annual exhibitions of the New English Arts Club (NEAC) and Pastel Society, also at the Mall Galleries. In 2018 I was elected full member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art. I have exhibited in many group exhibitions in South Africa, Kent and London.