Mark Wiggin (b.1958 UK)
Art Education: Studied under Plymouth artists Michael Hill (watercolour) and Xiao-Bai Li (portraits).
Employment: self employed artist (January 2013)
Member of Plymouth Watercolour Society
and Plymouth Arts Club
Artist with Veritasse Christian Art
Artist with Drawn to the Valley
Professional Member of SAA
Homeframe, Union Street Plymouth
Gallery on the Hoe, Hoe Road Plymouth
After careers in the Food Industry, Education and working with the homeless I have followed my childhood dream in establishing myself as a professional artist.
My subjects are varied and include wild open spaces with vast skies, seascapes, portraits, and pets. Subjects which provide me with an opportunity to reflect on God’s beautiful creation and His Word; these are my motivation and inspiration. The painting is my emotional response.
I began painting portraits whilst working at the Salvation Army hostel in Plymouth. Some of the residents offered me the opportunity to practice painting them, and the artist in me blossomed! I gave the portraits to the men and the paintings became treasured memories of a shared time together - they now adorn walls in properties across Plymouth and beyond. When the local newspaper, The Plymouth Herald, wrote a double page spread I was amazed by the number of men who brought along their portraits for a photo-shoot and tea party. My work has been featured in magazines, exhibitions, galleries, churches, department stores and cafes. It is owned by private collectors across the UK and beyond.
Each painting is based on something I’ve seen or a place that I’ve visited; an idea that can be seen and felt in my mind. This may include colours, mood, atmosphere, place, people, Bible verse etc. This idea then goes through a refining stage to clarify the image. Ideally the painting process itself is uninterrupted and intense as I apply the paint to the surface. Practically, the paint is built up with either brush or palette knife to produce a rich tapestry of beautiful colour transitions, using energetic, bold strokes to convey emotion, energy and movement.
My artistic skill has required a life-time of practice, perseverance, passion and patience. For me it is both emotional and spiritual. Also, there’s the additional self-applied pressure in that I always want each painting to be better than the last one.
I spend a lot of time working alone and so self-motivation is very important. I am always my biggest critic and I find myself questioning how I could improve every painting. This means that my art education never ends, and I am on a continuing journey of discovery.
Thank you for reading and I hope that you enjoy my work.
Homeframe, Union Street, Plymouth.,
Gallery on the Hoe, Plymouth.,
Kaya Gallery, Southside Street, Plymouth
Green Space, Mutley Plain, Plymouth
2019 "Drawn to the Valley" Summer Show, Tavistock
2019 Delamore Arts, Cornwood
2018 Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, Pall Mall, London -
2017 "Drawn to the Valley" Open Studios
2016/17 Theatre Royal, Plymouth - group exhibition
2016 Devonport Guildhall - "Plymouth Hoe Artists Collective"
2016 Devonport Live
2016 Plymouth Hoe Art Fair
2016 Gallery On The Hoe, Plymouth
2015 "Drawn to the Valley" Open Studios
2015 Mutley Baptist Church - "Towards the Cross"
2015 Plymouth Arts Club
2014 St Pancras Church, Plymouth
2014 Salvation Army, Devonport House, Plymouth -
2014 Plymouth City Council House Open Art Exhibition
2013 Open-house exhibition
2013 Salvation Army, Morice Town, Plymouth - solo exhibition
2013 Mutley Baptist Church – exhibition of “family” portraits
2013 Debenhams, Plymouth – open exhibition
2012 Open-house exhibition
2012 Mutley Baptist Church – exhibition of “family” portraits
2012 Monty’s coffee shop, Plymouth
2011 Plymouth Guildhall – portrait exhibition.
2004 to 2016 Exhibitor with Plymouth Arts Club
1996 to 2016 Exhibitor with Plymouth Watercolour Society