Natural History 

‘My work is a meditation on the fragility of life, and the tragedy of obsolete power.’ 

Mark creates complex sculptures featuring animals, horsemen, and vessels. Influenced by archaeology 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, and symbolic natural materials.  

Referencing shamanism, horses and other animals are built from the inside out, starting with a skeleton and often including internal organs. The unsettling anatomical look resembles a cyborg or a creature in the stages of reanimation.  

A recent series of sculptures refer to the First World War; commenting on the dangers of Imperialism, and the forces of unrestricted competition which remain dangerous.  

Since graduating with a first-class degree in Fine Art from the University of Cumbria he has exhibited internationally, in London, and in the North of England. His work is in private and corporate collections in the UK and abroad. 

Mark has set up and managed the Arts provision in a vibrant urban youth centre and for a museum education programme. He has taught art at several local colleges as well as on art holidays and residential courses. Please contact the artist for further details or proposals. 

Read more about Mark’s artwork in an interview for Cumbria Life magazine.

More of Mark’s work can be seen online at

www.westwallsstudios.co.uk

http://www.lloydsartgroup.co.uk/artists/markgibbs.php

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