Mark Grieves


Mark was born in Newcastle upon Tyne. His method of working is different from the traditional approach. Normally artists would work from light to dark but he finds it natural to work in reverse from dark to light. Working exclusively in oils, he always starts with a completely black canvas and add highlights until he finds the balance in contrast.

He works hard at composition and at the geometry emphasising light and shadow. He also likes titles to give clues: there is always a strong sense of narrative. Every one of his original paintings is time consuming and can take several weeks to complete.

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