Curriculum Vitae:

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

 

Galleries:

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.

Galleries:

Homeframe, Union Street, Plymouth., 

Gallery on the Hoe, Plymouth., 

Kaya Gallery, Southside Street, Plymouth

Green Space, Mutley Plain, Plymouth

Exhibitions :-

2019 "Drawn to the Valley" Summer Show, Tavistock

2019 Delamore Arts, Cornwood

2018 Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, Pall Mall, London -

          group exhibition

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 -

          solo exhibition

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

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