Mark Spain


The beautiful figurative oil paintings of Mark Spain have established him as one of the UK’s most acclaimed fine artists. Mark Spain trained in technical graphics at Medway College of Art before setting up a printmaking studio in Kent producing original etchings. In 1987 he was commissioned to produce limited edition etchings of Kew Gardens and has since undertaken many other commissions, with clients ranging from National Westminster Bank to The Dorchester Hotel. 


Mark is renowned for his figurative oil paintings, especially his paintings of the female form. Often his women are dancing, or lost in their own world. Mark often plays with texture and colour, switching between bright sunshine and fading dusky imagery at a stroke. His paintings are instantly recognisable as classic with a contemporary twist. Mark figurative work has been exhibited at Harrods in London and Artexpo in New York.


In recent years Mark has exhibited his oil paintings in numerous exhibitions and one man shows including the prestigious Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Show, The 20th Century British Art Fair and The Barbican Contemporary Print Fair. In addition to exhibiting internationally and undertaking notable commissions Mark’s work can be found in private collections around the world including across Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, the USA and Canada.


Mark says of his work: “Having experimented with many forms of imagery in recent years, figurative work has been the most challenging and satisfying. My main goals are always to create a certain amount of movement within the image, with particular emphasis on setting a mood and atmosphere. I would like the viewer to be intrigued as to the possible thoughts of the subject, which can only add to the effect of the picture. Pictures I believe must have a life of their own to allow an ongoing interest.”