Mark Hearld has created a limited edition lithograph for Tate Britain. The natural world and mid-20th century art and design informs his work as an artist and printmaker in his collages, design and illustration projects. Mark studied illustration at Glasgow School of Art and the RCA and now lives in York. I met Mark earlier this year through Colin Wilkin, a college friend, at the home of Iris and Nigel Weaver who curate the Fry Art Gallery here in Saffron Walden. Mark’s edition was being printed when I was last at the Curwen Studio.
Mark says of his work for the Tate: “This summer has presented me with a range of new challenges. It’s been wonderful to design particular artefacts, from print for a bag to a linocut bird for a mug. All of the projects present different design problems to solve, and the whole range has developed gradually, involving much collaboration with the very best British manufacturers. Hopefully the range is playful – I felt it important to design things that people would use on a day-to-day basis and follow the tradition of artist working as designer – so much a feature of mid-twentieth century British design.”
Mark is one of the big success stories of the Modern British revival. He makes prints, drawings and collages and his designs are applied to fabric and soft furnishings. He also designed painted furniture for the film Nanny Mc Phee & The Big Bang.
To see more of Mark’s work visit St Jude’s Gallery website, or the St Jude’s In The City exhibition at the Bankside Gallery (next door to Tate Modern) from the 10th – 21st November.
Thanks to Tate for the images.