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Today Mark's artwork has moved on somewhat recently developing a pointillist oil painting approach to landscapes. Throughout his art career Mark's work has maintained a recognisable feel despite changing subject matter and styling of the media used.

Mark has lived his whole life close to the inspiring landscape of the Peak District and its beautiful countryside has proved a great inspiration to his artwork. He grew up near Derby, spent a few years studying design and then working in Sheffield before moved to Belper where he now works from a home studio overlooking The Chevin, a hill that dominates the town's skyline.

For a number of years Mark worked exclusively in highly detailed graphite and colour pencil. A part drawn style using negative space developed which lent a unique appearance to the artwork a style which characterises some of his most recognisable and well known drawings.

Mark’s background has shaped his approach. His drawing skills were entirely self-taught sitting for hours and hours sketching as a child. At just 13 he developed a love of realistic pure graphite drawing, and began creating photo-realistic pencil drawings, taking time to advance his skills technically in a way which is evident in his work today. After leaving school Mark began working in a print shop while studying graphic design. He subsequently moved on to study illustration and photography on top of graphic design on a HND in Sheffield. There he commenced a career as a professional graphic artist.


A grounding in design has formed a firm foundation for Mark's art approach. There is an open minded yet intriguingly fastidious way about his work. His attention to detail is an instinctive part of his creative manner. He has a proud love of painters and architects from another century but also thinks photography can play a productive part of the artistic process.

Mark is inspired primarily by informality and humour in his animal art. He likes to express the mood of his subject and has a good feel for their thoughts, leading one magazine feature to describe his portraits as photo-realistic expressionism.

Architectural studies came later with Mark seeking a creative outlet in addition to his commissions. The art can be a structure in decline, an architectural masterpiece or the more everyday. A process of keeping an ever open eye is his way, keeping his camera ready for anything that captures his imagination. He admits he can't sit and sketch because there are always another 20 things down the footpath to see as well. Mark's love of walking for miles coupled with a curiosity for what is out there has lead him to many inspirational places and prompted many of his works of art.

A multi award winning artist, Mark has sold work extensively both in the UK and abroad. He keeps a busy diary of commissions and exhibits his work at a variety of shows and galleries throughout the UK but mainly in the Midlands. You can find his artwork in selected galleries. Commissions are always welcome, and no challenge is too great or too small!


Mark Langley Artist by Caroline Bridges Photography

  Features and Publications

Talking Point UK Coloured Pencil Society November 2017
Wonder Street www.wonderstreet.com/blog June 2015
Artsbeat (Derbyshire) March 2015
4Walls (larsonjuhl.co.uk) Edition 10 2013
Derbyshire Life July 2011
Art Horse Magazine
Spring 2010
Reflections January 2010
Artists and Illustrators March 2009
The Derbyshire July 2008

cultpens.com/news 'Hurray or Coloured Pencils!' March 2020  
blog.pencils.com August 2011   jacksonsart.com/blog April 2018
wonderstreet.com/blog April 2017
 
DK Books 'Artist's Drawing Techniques' 'Baddesley Clinton Door and Window' double page spread of how to draw this picture. Publication release August 2017
Buxton International Festival printed guide 'Scrivener's View' - 'Books' header image 2017
Pure Buxton 'Pavilion Reflection' cover design June/July 2017
The Ark 'Nosey Cow' cover design (www.all-creatures.org) Sept 2011

'Baddesley Clinton Door and Window' was used in the August 2017 release DK Books 'Artist's Drawing Techniques'

Awards

Highly Commended in the TALP Open 2022
for 'Newcomer'

Highly Commended
in the TALP Open 2022
for 'Looking out to San Giorgio Maggiore'

Buxton International Festival Choice
in The Buxton Spa Art Prize 2021
for 'Crescent Illumination'


People's Choice Award
in the Keswick Derwent Pencil Museum virtual exhibition 2020

UK Coloured Pencil Society
for 'Tom, Georgia and Isla'

Highly Commended
in the Keswick Derwent Pencil Museum virtual exhibition 2020
UK Coloured Pencil Society
for 'Tom, Georgia and Isla'

Highly Commended
in Inside the Lines 2019
UK Coloured Pencil Society
for 'Isabella and Bailey'

3rd Prize Other Media
in Upper Broughton Art Show 2019
for 'Chapel Buttress Ascent'

Highly Commended in Upper Broughton Art Show 2019
for 'Clumber Park Long Range Greenhouse'

Best Pure Coloured Pencil Award in Annual Open Exhibition 2019
UK Coloured Pencil Society
for 'Clumber Park Long Range Greenhouse'

Commendation in 2018 Derbyshire Open Art Competition
for 'Pilsbury Castle Tree'

Highly Commended in Annual Open Exhibition 2018

UK Coloured Pencil Society
for
'Harry'


Highly Commended in Upper Broughton Art Show 2017
for 'Aspectus Apricus'

The Derbyshire Trophy in 2017 Derbyshire Open Art Competition
for 'Pavilion Reflection'

Pencils4Artists Award for Best Building/Transport in Annual Open Exhibition 2017

UK Coloured Pencil Society for ''Haddon Hall II'

Highly Commended in The Buxton Spa Prize 2016
for 'Scrivener's View'

Buxton Festival Choice in The Buxton Spa Prize 2016
for 'Scrivener's View''

People's Choice
in The Buxton Spa Prize 2016
for 'Scrivener's View''

Derbyshire County Council Award in 2013 Derbyshire Open Art Competition
for 'Haddon Hall'

Society of All Artists Prize 2008 in Society of Equestrian Artists Annual Show at
The Mall Galleries for 'Contemplation'

Favourite Picture voted for by The Horse Trust 2008 in The Horse in Art at Obsidian Art
for 'Contemplation'
 
 
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