I'm Mark Jeffreys, a British artist living in the Netherlands. I grew up in the Cotswolds, England, spent some time in Norfolk, then Oxfordshire, and by my early twenties the gravity of London pulled me in, its attraction felt the first time I visited the National Gallery in my teens and reinforced by the intoxicating diversity and broader creative scene of a big city.

The contrast of the urban and the rural as I travelled to and from the city and the country made me think more about these two spaces, how we see landscape and what it means when it is seen as a multitude of interconnected ecologies instead of something seen on the front of a postcard (although by the same logic that postcard has more landscape in it than would first appear, especially when sent). 

My landscape includes my internal landscape, my thoughts and actions in relation to my environment. Through this lens I recover remnants of being somewhere, seen through a haze of past encounters with spaces places and feelings.

I work with a mixture of materials but most often paint on paper or canvas. I see paintings as windows into mimicked spaces but the physical surface, with its pitted texture and brush mark interventions, as the analogue of -scaped lands. The structure of the frame - if one is used - and boundaries imposed by it have more in common with urban hardness, but its rules and regulations can be bent or broken without repercussion, aside from potential feelings of frustration through failure.

I use oils the most. They have a depth of colour that I enjoy exploring as a vital part of the image-making process. I sometimes also create digital variants of paintings using computer software for further experimentation. By challenging assumptions related to painting I find a space to simultaneously explore ideas about what landscape can be.

For the past few years I've lived in the Netherlands. This brings its own influences into my work as I consider the ever-present proximity of water and the strange feeling that wherever I stand, a least in the area of Amsterdam, I'm likely standing below sea level and should be underwater.

I'm currently researching ideas about conformity, memory and landscape.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2023 - Art Diagonale, Austria

2019 - Stages of Life, Harrow Arts Centre, London

2018 - Somewhere in Time II, C. Y. Tung Maritime Museum, Shanghai

2018 - Somewhere in Time I, West Bund, Shanghai

2018 - MFA Graduate Show, Wimbledon College of Arts

2017 - Otherworlds 1, 5th Base Gallery, Brick Lane, London

2017 - One That Holds Everything, Crypt Gallery, St. Pancras Church, London

2017 - 17m2, UAL High Holborn, London

2017 - Life in a Shoebox, Back Room Gallery, London

2017 - Mixed Relationships, China Design Centre, London

2015 - Looking Sound, live visual arts & music performance, London

2014 - ACME Open Studios, Robinson Road, London

2012 - The Big Event, Stoke Newington Library Gallery, London

2010 - Harvest Moon, The Troubadour, Earls Court, London


July-August 2023 - Art Diagonale V, Austria

December 2018 – ICCI Art Valley Residency, Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China


2016-2018 - MFA Fine Art, University of the Arts London
(Wimbledon College of Art. Grade: Distinction)

2000-2003 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Oxford and Cherwell Valley College, Banbury
(De Montfort University)

1999-2000 - Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, College of West Anglia


University of the Arts London Vice Chancellor's Scholarship

Curatorial /  Volunteering

2016 - 2019 - Window 71
An exhibition space in north London helping new artists gain exposure.

Work held in private collections around the world.