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Mark Stopforth

About the artist

For the past twenty years, Mark Stopforth’s work has been devoted to the untamed and wild landscapes that can be found in the Moors, Fens, Fells and Estuaries of Britain. He has carried the impressions of the sublime in the landscape from his childhood roots in the Fens of East Anglia - impressions that are still relevant to his work today. The vast immersive spaces of moorland, fen and river estuary have consumed his imagination, prompting him to recapture those impressions through charcoal, pencil and oil.

Mark’s influences are many and varied, and include the calligraphic paintings of Cy Twombly, the tonal ink paintings of Hosagawa Tohaku and the landscapes of Constable, Claude, Cottman and Turner.

Mark has exhibited work around the country, most notably on a number of occasions at the prestigious Royal West of England Gallery in Bristol, as well as throughout the South West and London. He is also a published poet being shortlisted for the Brit Writers’ Award in 2012 and winning Fleeting Magazines International Best Short Writing 2010. Writing has been put on the shelf for the time being as I wish to devote myself to landscape painting as it is for me, and probably always will be, unfinished business.

“…it is not a record of landscape, but a sensation of landscape that’s internalised within an individuals’ imagination and so completed..” - Howard Hodgkin

“Eternity…where life is boundless in its duration and love in its sympathy, a joy in its fullness. It was a sea stretching into infinity….” - Emily Bronte from “notes on the moor”