Interview with Artist Mark Sofilas

Mark was born in Western Australia in 1961. After obtaining his
diploma in graphic design (specialising in illustration), Mark began his
professional career in 1981 as a freelance artist. He has worked in the
advertising, publishing and editorial sectors in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney,
Australia. Having worked as an illustrator / artist for over 20 years, Mark
relocated to the UK in 2008 where he now paints full time from his studio in Leeds.

Mark’s
paintings are inspired by the idiosyncrasies of the northern English and
Scottish countryside, bringing to his work the fresh perspective of someone who
originates from a very different environment. Mark works primarily in oils on
canvas or on wood and enjoys exploring textures, colour and the intrinsic
geometry of the natural world. His use of colour is bold, direct and challenges
the viewer to consider familiar landscapes in a very different way. Mark’s
paintings also explore figurative themes, applying the same approach as he does
to his landscape pieces.

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