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Mark Carr
Registered: 06/01/2015   Last Update: 12/06/2015
Artist Statement

Questioning oneself, one’s actual being, one’s intellect, one’s desires and disappointments, ones place in this complex, cultural political social order, is at the core of my current practice. So, although my work from an external view point appears political, social, even erotic, it is in fact a personal journey, a personal exploration of the conflict of functioning within, what I would describe, ‘this extremely complex world’. My work, I hope, allows the internal and subconscious to flourish, and find a place where others can share the experience and find their own meanings and narratives.

Further, travelling and working in Europe, North America, India and Australasia are central to adding to the personal narrative that goes into making my work. And although not always easy to pin down, it is this personal story which has been the key in developing a multi-faceted way of working; from painting, through prints, to the use of video, sound and words. My work is conceived from single incidents or echoes found in our society;these evolve into series of works held together by a single theme. The results look to change space within the picture fame and beyond through juxtaposition and visual displacement.


1994 University of Northumbria - MA Fine Art
1992 University of Durham - PGCE
1984 Sunderland Polytechnic - BA (Hon) Fine Art (2-1)
1981 Sunderland Polytechnic - Foundation Studies, Art & Design

National awards and prizes:

1983 Sunderland Polytechnic Travelling Scholarship
1987 Fierens Art Gallery Purchase Prize
1995 Northern Arts Awards for Artists



2013 SUPPRESSION Rook Lane Arts - Frome
2012 Fear and Loathing 67B Gallery, Newcastle Arts Centre – Newcastle
1993 Serious Men High-Street Billboard and School Hall – Sacriston
1990 ‘1989’ Southwark College Gallery – London
1989 Portraits and Paintings Tricycle Gallery – London
1988 ‘1987’ Casson gallery – Eastbourne
1985 Men Playhouse Gallery – Newcastle

Selected Group Shows

2015 Pure Painting BAR Gallery - London
2015 The Art of Caring Kingston Theatre - London
2015 Discorporate Bodies 5 The Uninstitute - On line portal
2014 Toride International Video Projection Contest Toride City – Japan
2014 Heaton Arts Festival Various Locations in Heaton - Newcastle
2014 Jawspring Wimbledon Village Hall - London
2013 Biscuit Tin Artists Van Mildert College – Durham
2013 The Late Shows Biscuit Tin Studios - Newcastle
1996 Open Studio Show Childers Street Studios – London
1994 M.A. Show University of Northumbria – Newcastle
1994 Middlesbrough Open Middlesbrough Art Gallery – Cleveland
1992 Spring & Autumn Show South Yorkshire Art Gallery – Doncaster
1990 JP Portrait Award - Four selected works Broughton House Gallery – Cambridge
1989 John Player Portrait Award National Portrait Gallery – London
1988 John Player Portrait Award National Portrait Gallery – London
1988 Richmond Open Richmond Print Gallery – Melbourne Australia
1987 4th Humberside Print Open Fierens Art Gallery – Hull
1987 Staff Show WSCAD Maltings – Farnham
1987 On a Plate WSCAD – Farnham
1986 9th Bradford Print Open Cartwright Hall – Bradford
1985 Printers Progress Carlisle Art Gallery – Carlisle
1984 Contemporary Printmakers Playhouse Gallery – Newcastle
1984 3rd Mini Print Biennale Tallergaleria Fort – Barcelona
1983 8th Mini Print Open Pratt Graphics Center – New York