Mark Watkins

Mark’s analog collage explores the minutiae of human existence inspired by the absurd, disturbing, humorous or beautiful worlds in which we dream. Ideas and themes are realised through the juxtaposition and layering of vintage imagery, papers, colours and text which are reconstructed reflecting on how memories can recede, become lost or randomly re-surface. Searching for an aesthetic quality within items that have either been discarded or overlooked, the process of making the work is a combination of deliberate, carefully constructed composition and intuitive actions in terms of cutting, tearing and editing along with the happy accidents that the medium of collage constantly presents.

The studio is near Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire and visits can be arranged.
All the work is for sale. Please email or call for information.

Awards:
Doug + Laurie Kanyer Art Collection Open Call Purchase Award “Finding Calm While We Wait - Inspiring Hope” 2020
Juror Award received for ‘Making it Better’ selected by juror Rishi Mistry
(To view this collage go to ‘Recent Work’)

Publications:
Rapsodia Magazine issue 16, Summer 2017
Rapsodia Magazine issue 17, Fall 2017
Rapsodia Magazine issue 19, Summer 2018
‘Cut & Post’ Limited Edition Postcard Set published by Edinburgh College Collective
Defaced issue 2, May 2019
{th ink} 2: Objectextion, April 2020
FT Weekend Magazine, 3-4 October 2020, commission for the front cover and inside spread
‘Strike a Light’ Matchbox open call 2020 published by Edinburgh Collage Collective
An Echo In the Heart Cave published by the 6ress, February 2021
Crooked Jukebox published by the 6ress, July 2021
Collage Care: Transforming emotions and life experiences with collage published by Kanyer Publishing, July 2021

Exhibitions:
IMPRESSIONS ART EXHIBITION Derby Royal Hospital, Spring 2016
EVERYONE OPEN 2016, Derby Museum & Art Gallery
MIDLANDS OPEN 2016 Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington
NOTTINGHAM CASTLE OPEN 22 October 2016 - 8 January 2017, Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery
CUT AND PASTE Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington, February - March 2017
G.L.U.E. International Show curated by Edinburgh Collage Collective, The Tent Gallery, Edinburgh, 22-28 June 2017
LIFEDEATHSPIRITFLESH Collagistes Collective International Group Show, 31 May - 3 June 2018, Hundred Years Gallery, London
VINYLISM International Show curated by Edinburgh Collage Collective, 3-14 July 2018, Tent Gallery, Edinburgh
SEVENTY: Celebrating 70 years of the NHS curated by Air Arts. October 2018, London Road Community Hospital Derby
INTERNATIONAL POSTCARD SHOW Surface Gallery, Nottingham, January 2019
INNOVATE: Celebrating Derbyshire’s Industrial Heritage curated by Air Arts, April 2019-February 2020, London Road Community
Hospital Derby
TODO LOCO 2 international exhibition of collage, April 2019, La Case Verde, Columbia, South America
FRESH CUTS international exhibition of collage, 31 May - 4 June 2019, EPH Congleton, Cheshire
TARPEY GALLERY WINTER EXHIBITION 2019 November - December 2019, Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington
CUTTING EDGE CONTEMPORARY COLLAGE Collagistes Collective International Group Show, 3-31 January 2020, Brixton Library, London
ANALOG Exhibition of Contemporary Collage Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington, August 8 - 13 September 2020