Newcastle upon Tyne born Mark Grieves admits he would struggle to find work other than painting.
Marks hugely successful musical series was a complete sell-out with his former publishers and his originals and limited editions often sold within a few days of issue. Due to the painstaking attention to detail original paintings are in short supply leading to a high demand.
Continuing on that theme after a break of 5 years, Mark has joined a new pulishers who have added a new dimension to the new Ebony and Ivory releases by offering not only canvas, but 3D resined editions. By using black and white lacquered frames the whole piano look fused beautifully with the artwork.
If I hadnt have had a talent for painting and drawing I would dread to think what I would have ended up doing as a career. I have no interest in doing anything else. I grew up with fantasy and sci fi art. My bedroom walls were adorned with Rodney Matthews posters. The beauty of creating images that normally wouldnt exist in real life is what art means to me. Whenever I see photorealistic paintings it fills me with sadness.
My method of working is a little bit different from the traditional approach. Normally you would work from light to dark but I find it natural to work in reverse from dark to light. Working exclusively in oils I always start with a completely black canvas and add highlights until I find the balance in contrast. I work hard at composition and at the geometry emphasising light and shadow. I like painting titles to give clues. There is always a strong sense of narrative. I paint what comes into my head, from my imagination. Every original painting is time consuming and can take many weeks to complete but I am confident this shows in the end result.
We are privileged to have Mark in our portfolio.
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