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Mark Hislop
updated: 03/08/2010
website: www.markhislop.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Stephanie
Stephen
Henry
Brodee
Elvis
Sally
Greg
Sadie
Morgan
Omar
John
Lil
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  figurative, portraiture
 
 
Stephanie by Mark Hislop
Stephanie
graphite
2009
54" x  48" 
Stephen by Mark Hislop
Stephen
graphite
2009
54" x  48" 
Henry by Mark Hislop
Henry
graphite
2009
48" x  36" 
Brodee by Mark Hislop
Brodee
graphite
2009
48" x  36" 
Elvis by Mark Hislop
Elvis
graphite
2009
24" x  18" 
Sally by Mark Hislop
Sally
graphite
2010
24" x  18" 
Greg by Mark Hislop
Greg
graphite
2010
24" x  18" 
Sadie by Mark Hislop
Sadie
graphite
2009
24" x  18" 
Morgan by Mark Hislop
Morgan
graphite
2010
24" x  18" 
Omar by Mark Hislop
Omar
graphite
2009
22" x  16" 
John by Mark Hislop
John
graphite
2009
22" x  26" 
Lil by Mark Hislop
Lil
graphite
2009
22" x  16" 

Artist Statement
These works are intricately detailed portraits of family and friends; artists and musicians. Drawn from a photographic source each subject faces away from the viewer so as to be drawn from the back, rendering a tripartite combination of textures - hair, skin and clothing.

The move from photograph to drawing depends on a painstaking accretion of marks over a long time-period. Subtle gestures and minutiae that mark our individuality and differentiate us are articulated in these works-as if believing that every mark makes a difference.

The drawings are life-size or bigger and isolate the subject in the centre of the paper with the effect that the subject is gazing at an expansive open space beyond. The larger works show the subjects looking at works of art, producing a double-entendre like effect that speaks about our viewing experience in galleries.

Unconscious physical gestures become topologies of thought. Meticulously drawn details speak about the relationship between the body and mind. Using a vantage point from which the subjects can never see themselves, these works remind us of the place of photography in contemporary image making.

Artist Bio / CV
Curriculum Vitae

Education
1994    Master of Art, Chelsea School of Art and Design, London.
1987    Graduate Diploma in Professional Art Studies, City Art Institute, UNSW
1986    Bachelor of Arts, City Art Institute, UNSW

Individual Exhibitions

2010     Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne
2009    James Dorahy Project Space, Sydney
2008    James Dorahy Project Space, Sydney
2006    James Dorahy Project Space, Sydney
2000    Gallery 4A, Sydney

Selected Group Exhibitions


2009    Dobell Prize for Drawing, AGNSW, Sydney
            Art on paper award Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney
            Hobart Art Prize Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
            Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize PLC, Sydney
            Colouring-in James Dorahy Project Space, Sydney
2008    9 shades of white James Dorahy Project Space, Sydney
            Postcard show Linden Arts Centre, Melbourne
2007    Colouring the landscape James Dorahy Project Space, Sydney
            Paper James Dorahy Project Space, Sydney
2006    Lucky 7 James Dorahy Project Space, Sydney
2005    The year in art 2005 SH Irvin Gallery, Sydney
            Elastic: The Archive Project Cross Art Projects, Sydney.
            Marking time Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney
            Invitation only Sir Herman Black Gallery, Sydney
            Deep purple Manning Clarke House, Canberra
            Popcorn  Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra
2004    Elastic Book Launch and Exhibition Elastic Residence, London,UK
2003    Word Egizio’s Project, New York, NY
            New York Calling  Australian studio, PS1 Centre of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
2002    Mondo Cane II Leroy Neiman Gallery, New York, NY
            Attention Span Freespace, Sydney
2001    Caravan Freespace, Sydney
            OK Computer Leroy Neiman Gallery, New York, NY
    
Awards
1993    Samstag International Visual Art Scholarship
1995    New work grant Australia Council for the Arts
1999    Marketing promotional grant NAVA
2000    New work grant Australia Council for the Arts
2009    People’s choice award Adelaide Perry drawing prize, Sydney
2009    People’s choice award Art on paper, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney