Venue: The Great Hall, Oundle School, PE8 4GH
Mark Hearld is a York-based artist who studied illustration at Glasgow School of Art, graduating with a Masters degree from the Royal College of Art in 1999. He broke into the artistic world following exhibitions at Godfrey & Watt in Harrogate, St Judes in Norfolk, and in London's arty Lower Sloane Street.
Taking his inspiration from the flora and fauna of the British countryside, Mark works across a number of media, producing limited edition lithographic and linocut prints, unique paintings, collages and hand-painted ceramics.
Mark has completed commissions for Faber & Faber and Tate Museums. A children's book illustrated by a series of his unique collages was published by Walker Books in 2012.
In Autumn 2012 Merrell Books published Mark Hearld's Work Book - the first book devoted to Mark's work and his enchanting, bold visions of the landscapes, plants and animals of the British countryside - featuring some 200 of Hearld's popular prints, collages, sketches and textile and ceramic designs.
The Mark Hearld for Tate range was commissioned to celebrate the wealth of creative talent in the UK and to help promote and support British manufacturing and the specialist skills that go with it. Mark also designed several pieces to accompany the British Folk Art exhibition at Tate Britain in summer 2014.
Mark Hearld’s work may look oddly familiar to anyone who has seen the film Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang. There’s a very good reason for that. Some of the most striking artwork on the set was painted by him.
“I painted a cockerel and a hen on a Victorian bed board, a mural on the children’s nursery wall, and parts of the kitchen,” he says. “The farm themes they wanted are very typical of the work I do.”
Mark’s work is in great demand around the country and he has several exhibitions planned for 2015.
This is a fantastic opportunity to hear Mark Hearld talk about his work and show us his wonderful pictures and ceramics. Come along and be inspired.
This event is kindly sponsored by The Dolby Gallery, Oundle
Tickets £7 (£5), available from the Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle.
Open hours: 10.00am – 1.00pm Mon to Fri Tel 01832 274734, online at www.oundlefestival.org.uk