Original linocuts by Cumbria-based painter and printmaker Mark Pearce that depict nature through layers of textured colours. Of his exhibition, Mark says “Brantwood is special to me as the home of John Ruskin who said ….”The purist and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour most”. In essence my prints are layers of pure colour and it will be exciting to share them with an audience already predisposed to Ruskin’s ideas”.
Early Years: At school Mark spent most of his time in the art department. He then went on to do a one year foundation course at Carlisle College of Art. It was here that he learnt the art of printmaking and then continued his studies at the Norwich School of Art doing a degree in graphic design.
Career: Keen to move to London he found his first job as a graphic designer with John Nash and Friends and his second with Michael Peters and Partners. He went on to win a D&AD (Design and Art Directors Club of Great Britain) silver award for the very first greeting stamps issued by the Royal Mail. These featured smiles from the likes of Dennis the Menace and the Cheshire Cat. He also won a BBC design award which included a number of appearances on TV.
In the 90’s he set up the design consultancy Springpoint with his business partner Fiona Gilmore. There were eventually more than 30 designers in offices around the world and as design director he created and worked on brands including Vodafone, the BBC, Martel, Birds Eye, the Hong Kong Government and Unilever. After the sale of Springpoint he tried his hand at a nightclub. This was based in the famous Raymond Review bar but this proved too much of a challenge and ended in financial disaster so he returned to Cumbria.
About Mark Now: Cumbria is now his home and studio where he practices his passion for painting and printmaking. “Eskside Studio” was set up in 2010 by him and his sister Sarah Bell. She now ensures that this does not end in financial disaster and promotes the work both locally and further afield.