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About Us

This store is features the work of artist Mark Riley.  

 

Mark Riley is a visual artist living and working in Birmingham, United Kingdom.  He studied Visual Arts and Art History at DeMonfort University.  He is inspired by light, colour and landscape, and the marks that we leave behind on it.  He works mainly in pastel, combining his love of the immediacy of drawing and colour, and has also a long interest in printing.  He has exhibited at the Pastel Society Annual at the Mall Gallery, 2018, and received Highly Commended at the TALP Open in 2017, and 2019.

 "I use a variety of mediums, including oils, acrylics and printmaking, but currently focus on pastel painting, which combines my interests in drawing and colour.  I generally begin with Unison pastels and Caran D'ache pencils, laying the down the first layers, and then going over the top with the softer, buttery consistency of  Sennelier and Schmincke pastels.

 My main interests are landscape and the marks we leave behind on it- structures, field patterns, made over the recent history and some echoes of the past- recorded on explorations and walks in the landscape.  I am drawn to colour in the landscape- sunrise, sunset, weather and the seasons, which lend themselves to the medium of pastels."

We hope you enjoy browsing through the artworks!