James Mortimer – Interview

James Mortimer – Interview

James Mortimer is a 27-year-old artist and sculptor from Bath.  Described as Dutch master meets Oscar Wilde meets Pete Doherty, his 2015 solo show of paintings at the Catto Gallery in London made such an impact that the Independent’s art critic, Charlotte Cripps, dubbed him ‘one to watch.’

Born and brought up in Swindon, Wiltshire, James has an artistic lineage – most notably, the 18th century painter and etcher, John Hamilton Mortimer.  He studied sculpture at the Bath School of Art and Design under the tutelage of, among others, Gavin Turk, a pioneer of many forms of contemporary British sculpture.  Central to his degree show was a large risqué sculpture of two men and a woman in an act of passion; ‘The Great Penetration’ won him the Kenneth Armitage Prize.

James, who sold his first painting while studying Art and the History of Art at New College in Swindon, has had made a considerable mark on the art world with more than 20 exhibitions at fairs and galleries including Hampstead’s Catto gallery, the James Freeman gallery in Islington and the Accesso gallery in Pietrasanta, Italy.

His provocative style challenges the viewer with images of decadence, aggression, sexuality and fantastical creatures.  His art is inspired by a love of the ridiculous and is the antithesis of the British reserve in which he was brought up.

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Mark Sheeky – Interview

Mark Sheeky – Interview

Mark Sheeky was born in 1972 in Crewe, South Cheshire in an average working class family, and educated in a catholic school to an above average but not exceptional level. Always a self-learner, his first passion was computer games, and he taught myself how to program on a home computer, later learning how to write music for his games, before self-publishing his work with limited success! In his early thirties he started to paint oil paintings and he’s now a full time artist.

Mark has one painting in the Cheshire art collection at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester and he has exhibited widely throughout the country, winning the Grosvenor Art Prize in 2013. On his small record label he has released over fifteen music albums in different styles, largely created using software he designed himself, and in 2012 he self-published his first book, an illustrated poetry collection.

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