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Mark Mawson

About the artist

Mark Mawson has had a camera in his hands since he was eight years old. After leaving school at 18, he studied photojournalism in Sheffield, England, and then went on to work for many of the national daily newspapers in London such as The Times, The Sunday Times, Today, The Daily Mail and The Mail On Sunday. After a few years, he became a little frustrated with photographing news and sport, and looked for something that gave him more directorial control over the subjects and lighting of his photographs. He moved into shooting for magazines and advertising agencies, where his subjects range from celebrities to portraiture to atmospheric landscapes.

Mark Mawson has been shooting a personal series titled ‘Aqueous’, for a number of years. Aqueous is a journey into an, as yet, undiscovered alien or underwater world, using a combination of coloured liquids and photography. The colours swirl and blend resulting in beautiful creations that resemble strange creatures from far-off places, inter-galactic explosions or even microscopic organisms. Mark was first inspired to shoot the series by watching milk being poured into the numerous cups of coffee he drinks daily.

Mark has won several awards for his Aqueous series.

In 2018, he was presented with the prestigious Futurum Award for his significant contribution to Art in Monte Carlo by Prince Albert II.

In 2017, he was awarded an Association of Photographers Award for his Aqueous Roses series.

He was nominated for the 2012 London Awards for Art & Performance in the photography category.

In 2011, he was awarded a Gold in the Dabomba Creative Awards for his Aqueous Fluoreau series.

In 2010, he was awarded a Gold and Platinum Award in the Dabomba Creative Awards and Silver in the 2010 International Aperture Awards.

In 2009, he was a finalist in the Sovereign Asian Art Awards.