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Mark Stopforth/ Winter Issue

A painter of great lyricism and sensitivity, Stopforth captures the majesty and drama of the British landscape at its wildest, while expressing a profound reverence for the sublime tradition.

His work over the past twenty years has been devoted to those vistas that are associated with the untamed and wild atmosphere that can be found in the moors, fens, fells and coastal waters of Britain. He has carried those impressions of the sublime in the landscape that were left on him as a child growing up in the Fens of East Anglia, impressions that are still relevant to his work today. Recently it has been the vast immersive spaces of moorland and river estuary that have consumed Mark's imagination and which he strives to evoke through charcoal, pencil and oil.

His influences are many and varied, and include the calligraphic paintings of Cy Twombly, the tonal ink paintings of Hasegawa Tohaku and the landscapes of Constable, Claude, Cotman and Turner.

Mark has exhibited work around the country, most notably on a number of occasions at the RWA in Bristol. He has also been successful as a published poet, being shortlisted for the Brit Writers’ Award in 2012 and winning Fleeting Magazine's International Best Short Writing prize in 2010. Writing has been put on the shelf for the time being as Mark wishes to devote himself full-time to his painting.


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