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.
BA Fine Art, Newcastle University:
· 2018 'As Earnest as I Can Be' Solo show, The Holy Biscuit
· 2018 ‘Magic Memory, O what can I recall’ Newcastle University
· 2019 'Jane Doe Festival' XL Gallery
· 2018 ‘Interim Show’ Newcastle University
· 2017 ‘Stooge 2 Group show, Cobalt Studios
· 2016 ‘Narrative’ Group show, Newbridge Studios
· 2015 ‘Everything Comes from nothing’ Group show, Lime Street Studios
· 2015 ‘Chaka: The Social Exhibition’, Vamos Social
· Featuredon the 10th edition of the Butchers Dog poetry magazine cover.
· Received monetary prize during the show ‘Chakra’ at Vamos Social.
· Receivedarts funding from Kings Gate and Newcastle Council for the group show ‘Narrative’.