Biography of Mark Burrell






Mark Burrell (b. 1957) is a British Artist, born and resident in Lowestoft, Suffolk, UK. He spent a year during his childhood in Libya. Returning to Lowestoft he studied art at Lowestoft College but considers himself self-taught.
Portrait of the artist Mark Burrell 2014


Burrell has won numerous prizes for his art including winning the Lucy Morrison Memorial Prize. His work has also featured in books and in magazines, including illustrations for 'The Iron Bridge' by John Ward. He is also conjointly with Peter Rodulfo a leading member of the North Sea Magical Realists.





Critical appraisal



In a career now spanning several decades, Burrell has exhibited his paintings throughout East Anglia, London, and the US, receiving much critical acclaim, including the following -




Burrell's work is obsessive and probing, revealing underlying elements that question ones sense of self. A psychotic surrealism that is a refreshing assault on ritualised aesthetics


The paintings by Mark Burrell convey rare command of a very peculiar and very English painter, for Mark is essentially a story teller who employs pigment rather than words to construct allegories, fables and fictions. His fantastic narratives are as much concerned with plot, setting and character as they are with line space and colour.

…(His) paintings are colourful and often very personal, and at times very mysterious indeed, these paintings can be looked at again and again, there are touches of humour as well as the darker side of life, from strange green beings growing out of bushes, communing with ghosts, to sheep in fields flying.


Mark paints symbolist figurative oils with psychic, religious or political themes, often dealing with intense states of mind or emotion, a highly patterned world in beautiful states of decay.


His work has a visionary quality to it, which embraces deep rich colours of mysterious blues through to purples. The pictures come to life through delicate lighting whether it is a full moon, sunset, or from some magical source.

Media appearances



Burrell has frequently appeared on British TV including-



* Anglia Television Programme: 'Coastal Inspiration's' Interviewed in the artists studio with work exhibited: Series on Lowestoft

* BBC 2 TV Programme: Matter of Fact Cabbage Patch War (Nov 1996)

* Anglia Television: 'The Front Row' Paintings Exhibited: Presented by Shaun Meo: November 1995

* Anglia Television: 'Moving Art' Awarded First Prize. Presenter George Melly, interviewed by Sister Wendy Beckett and prize awarded by Bill Oddie: November 1991

* Anglia Television: personal Interview and paintings exhibited: August 1991

* Mustard TV: Work shown in documentary 'Bendy Caravans and Everlasting Pens written and produced by Nick Murray-Brown http://www.nickmurraybrown.co.uk/film.htm

Exhibitions



2020




Chappel Galleries, Essex: New Year Selection


2019




Chappel Galleries, Essex: Solo Exhibition


Easterly Artists: Lowestoft Heritage week, Suffolk: Mixed Exhibition


Open Studios, Lowestoft, Suffolk: Artist studio open to public


Easterly Artists, Britten Centre, Lowestoft, Suffolk: Mixed Exhibition


Ferini Art Gallery, Suffolk: The Four Marks: Four Man Show and video interview


Ferini Art Gallery, Suffolk: Resident Artist


Beccles Public Hall: Documentary Film ‘Bendy Caravans’ shown to the public =====


2018




Skippings Gallery, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk: Two Man Exhibition Open Studios, Lowestoft, Suffolk: Artist studio open to public Ferini Art Gallery Suffolk: Resident Artist


2017




Tripp Gallery London: The North Sea Magical Realists: Three Man Exhibition


Buckingham Gallery, Southwold, Suffolk


Open Studios: Artist studio open to public


Ferini Art Gallery Suffolk: Resident Artist


2016




Buckingham Gallery, Southwold


Suffolk Open Studios: Artist studio open to public


Ferini Art Gallery Suffolk: Resident Artist


2015




Craft Co Art Gallery, Southwold, Suffolk: Two Person Exhibition Ferini Art Gallery, Suffolk: Resident Artist   Open Studios: Artist studio open to public


2014




Ferini Art Gallery, Suffolk: Solo Exhibition with video interview


Suffolk Open Studios, Lowestoft, Suffolk


Ferini Art Gallery, Suffolk: Resident Artist


The Coconut Loft Art Gallery, Lowestoft, Suffolk: Opening Exhibition


Great Yarmouth Library, Norfolk: Two Man Exhibition with Peter Rodulfo


2013




Assembly House Art Show: Arts Alive Norwich, Norfolk


2012




West Halls Secret Postcard Auction: Patron, Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge


Other exhibitors included the Prime Minister David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Twiggy, Maggi Hambling, Bernard Hill, and Tessa Newcomb.


2011




Assembly House Art Show: Flying Colours Fascinating Forms, Norwich Playhouse, Norfolk: Two Man Exhibition Ferini Art Gallery, Suffolk: Summer Show


2010




Ferini Art Gallery, Suffolk: Christmas Show


Eastern Open, Kings Lynn, Norfolk


2008




Norwich Castle Museum: Open Art Show: Chosen by William Boyer (Royal Academy), Benjamin Sullivan (Royal Portrait Society) and Peter Brown (N.E.A.C) Open Studios, Suffolk: Artist studio open to public The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk: Drawings and Paintings, accompanied by excerpts from the Poem ‘The Iron Bridge’, Written by John Ward. Ferini Art Gallery Lowestoft, Suffolk: Three Man Exhibition The Cut Halesworth, Suffolk: Christmas Show Prize Winner of ‘The People’s Choice’


2007




The Cut Halesworth, Suffolk: Christmas Art Show’ Prize Winner of ’The People’s Choice’


2006




Exhibited at ‘The House of Commons


Anglia Television: Part of the series ‘Coastal Inspirations’ filmed in Lowestoft Suffolk, Interviewed on Television and Work Exhibited


2005




Ferini Art Gallery, Suffolk: Drawings and paintings created for the ‘The Iron Bridge’ book by John Ward The Warehouse, Lowestoft, Suffolk:  Summer Show The forum, Norwich, Norfolk: ‘Norwich Market’ Drawings exhibited Open Studios, Lowestoft, Suffolk: Artist studio open to public Eastern Open, Kings Lynn, Norfolk


2004




Open Studios, Lowestoft, Suffolk

‘The Iron Bridge’ book. ‘Drawings and paintings’ by Mark Burrell: Author, John Ward


2003




Cork Street Gallery, London Seachange Gallery, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk: Solo Exhibition Interart Gallery, New York, USA Galleriart – Kirkcudbright, Scotland Williamsburg Historical Art Centre, New York, USA


2001




Galerie de Vis Noorderhaven, Holland


Gissing Hall, Gissing ‘Portrait Works’


The Open Studios, Lowestoft, Suffolk


Blackthorpe Barn, Roughman


The New Wosley Theatre, Ipswich


The John Russell Gallery, Ipswich


2000




The Eastern Open, Kings Lynn


Open Studios, Lowestoft, Suffolk


Halesworth Gallery, Suffolk


Yoxford Gallery, Yoxford


Electric House Gallery, Ipswich


Buckingham Galleries, Southwold


The Affordable Art Fair, London


Galerie de Vis Noorderhaven, Holland


The Mall Galleries, London 'The Discerning Eye'


Geneva Gallery – Lowestoft, Suffolk


1999




Chappell Galleries, Essex: Solo Exhibition Work Exhibited in Holland


Lowestoft Town Hall, The Council Chambers, Suffolk


Suffolk Open Studios: Artist studio open to public


The Red Dot Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk


Artists Gallery, Electric House, Ipswich, Suffolk


The Yoxford Gallery, Suffolk


Cottons Yard Gallery, Yoxford, Suffolk


Halesworth Gallery, Steeple End, Suffolk


Old Stable Gallery Diss, Norfolk


Raphael Gallery, Suffolk: Opening Exhibition


Open Studios Lowestoft Suffolk: Artist studio open to public


Chappell Galleries, Essex


Artexpo, New York, U.S.A


1998




Chappell Galleries, Essex: Solo Exhibition


Lowestoft Library, Lowestoft, Suffolk


The Yoxford Gallery, Yoxford


Cottons Yard Gallery, Yoxford


Halesworth Gallery, Steeple End


Old Stable Gallery, Diss, Suffolk


Raphael Gallery Open Studios


1997




The Minories Art Gallery, Colchester, Essex


The LAING, National Art Competition, Raveningham, Norfolk


The Eastern Open, Kings Lynn Arts Centre, Norfolk


St Margaret’s Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk Works of the Imagination (Contemporary Figurative Exhibition)


Chappell Galleries, Essex


1996




Eastern Open, Kings Lynn, Norfolk Arts Centre, Lowestoft, Suffolk: Various Dimensions


The Advice Arcade Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk: Summer Exhibition


Gallery, St George’s Street, Norwich, Norfolk


Regent Road Art Gallery, Lowestoft, Suffolk: Arts Forum


Halesworth Gallery, Steeple End, Suffolk


1995




Le Chat, Noir Gallery, Mayfair, London Logos Art Gallery, Bloomsbury, London


Mall Galleries ‘The Discerning Eye’ London


Regent Road Art Gallery, Lowestoft, Suffolk: Art Forum


Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich, Norfolk


1994




Eastern Open, Kings Lynn Arts Centre, Norfolk: Painting Highly Commended


Regent Road Art Gallery, Lowestoft, Suffolk: Solo Exhibition


The Corpusty Gallery, Norfolk: Three-Person Exhibition


The Spectator, 7th National Award


The Fruit market Gallery, Edinburgh


Sotheby’s: New Bond Street, London


1993




Contact Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk, The Human Condition: Three-Person Exhibition


Regent Road Art Gallery, Lowestoft, Suffolk: Arts Forum


Chappel Galleries, Essex: Summer Exhibition


Gallery 12, B Fredrikstad, Norway


Boundary Gallery, Cransfield, Suffolk


Gallery 44, Aldeburgh, Suffolk: Solo Exhibition


Castle Museum, Norwich, Norfolk: Norfolk Art Now


1992




Mall Galleries, London: Wilde Contemporary Art The Splinter Gallery, London: Painters Today Boundary Gallery, Cransfield, Suffolk: Summer/Autumn Exhibition The Gallery, 74 South Audley Street, London Regent Road Art Gallery, Lowestoft, Suffolk Chappel Galleries, Essex Cork Brick Gallery, Bungay, Suffolk: Christmas Exhibition Chappel Galleries, Essex: Christmas Exhibition


1991




Eastern Open, Kings Lynn Arts Centre, Norfolk Boundary Gallery, Cransford, Suffolk – Easter Exhibition


The Picture Place, Lowestoft, Suffolk


Eastern Arts – Open Studio


Chappel Galleries, Essex Royal Over Seas League, London: ‘A View of the New Exhibition: Lucy Morison Memorial Prize’ awarded for an Oil Painting


Norwich Artists Group, Norfolk


Kings Lynn Art Centre, Norfolk


Norfolk and Norwich Festival: Open Studio


Boundary Gallery, Suffolk. Summer Exhibition and Christmas Show


The Splinter Gallery, London


1990




Regent Road Gallery, Lowestoft, Suffolk Chappel Galleries, Essex: Solo Exhibition


Centre d’Art Contemporain, Rouen, France


The Knapp Gallery, London


The Halesworth Gallery, Suffolk


Norwich School of Art, Norwich, Norfolk: Norwich Artists


Boundary Gallery, Suffolk: Summer Exhibition


The School House Gallery, Norfolk


1989




Eastern Open: The Fermoy Gallery, Kings Lynn


Norfolk Contact Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk: An Intensity of Vision


Castle Museum, Norwich, Norfolk: Art Now


Norwich School of Art, Norwich, Norfolk: Norwich Artists


Chappel Galleries, Essex: Summer Exhibition


Advice Arcade Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk


Norwich 20 Group, Norwich, Norfolk


Art Auction Centre, Norwich Union Headquarters, Norfolk: In Aid of Third World  


1988




Mall Galleries, London: Britain's Painters


Central Library, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk


Christie’s Assembly Rooms, Norwich


Norfolk: Cley mill Appeal


1987




The Royal Academy, London: Summer Exhibition

Links



Mark Burrell Art - Home Page


'Masks and Layers' a portrait of Mark Burrell by Ferini Films


Mark Burrells 'The Homing-ground' - All aboard the British transcendent locomotion.


Mark Burrell: North Sea Magical Realist artist extraordinaire


Nick Murray Brown Talking about The Iron Bridge and various news reels





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