Whether his source material is from life, found photographs or a combination of both, the starting point and foundation of all his pictures is drawing. Mixing pencil work with translucent glazes of paint he produces evocative and compelling paintings.
Mark I’Anson was born in Glasgow in 1968. He studied at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, from 1988-1992 and has since worked full time as a painter. Since 1994, Mark has had eighteen solo exhibitions in London, Scotland and Canada, including two solo touring exhibitions; ‘The Dream Team’ with the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2003/4 and ‘Drifter’ with the Highland Council and the Scottish Fisheries Museum in 2006.
In 2008, Mark focussed on a group of paintings relating to the history of Arsenal FC, in conjunction with Thackeray Gallery and the Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation, which was then exhibited at the Emirates Stadium. It was a complete sell out.
Mark’s work can be found in several Public Collections, including the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and is owned by numerous Private Collectors in the UK, USA, Canada, and Europe. His work can also be found in Corporate Collections in London, Scotland and Canada.