Mark Bletcher’s work depicts magical or esoteric imagery in opposition with mundane, but emotionally charged domestic scenes. His diverse visual language is inspired by biographical experiences, such as the five years he spent in Hong Kong as a child, his annual trips to Norway, and his current life in Newcastle. Since childhood he has had an obsession with escapism and fiction: playing games, watching films and eagerly reading. However after discovering Haruki Murakami’s work, he became passionate about ‘Modern Magical Realism’, and began to explore the power of fiction by introducing external narratives into his own memories. He explores these memories though his painting and printmaking practice, preferring slow mediums that allow for associations to develop in the artwork over time – producing bizarre, dreamlike compositions.
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· BA Fine Art, Newcastle University - First-class honours
Final Year Achievement Prize - awarded in Final year to each of the three top ranked graduating students in Fine Art for studio practice.
· TBC, The Story Institute, Lancaster
· The Woon Foundation Prize, Baltic 39, Newcastle
· 2018 'As Earnest as I Can Be' Solo show, The Holy Biscuit, Newcastle
· 2018 ‘Magic Memory, O what can I recall’ Newcastle University
· 2019 Derby Print Open, Banks Mill Studios, Derby
· 2019 Newcastle Degree Show, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle
· 2019 'Jane Doe Festival' XL Gallery, Newcastle
· 2018 ‘Interim Show’ Newcastle University, Newcastle
· 2017 ‘Stooge 2 Group show, Cobalt Studios, Newcastle
· 2016 ‘Narrative’ Group show, Newbridge Studios, Newcastle
· 2015 ‘Everything Comes from nothing’ Group show, Lime Street Studios, Newcastle
· 2015 ‘Chaka: The Social Exhibition’, Vamos Social, Newcastle
Awards / Funding
· Shortlisted for the Woon Foundation Prize.
· Commissioned for the 10th edition of the Butchers Dog poetry magazine cover.
· Bartlett Off-Site Funding for upcoming publication
· Received monetary prize during the show ‘Chakra’ at Vamos Social.