About

Statement

My work is an investigation into what defines landscape.

Landscape as a word is usually related to something external and scenic, which I see as inaccurate as it is also land that has been altered in some way by human intervention. Ultimately, 'land' is more than this. It is accrued dimensions in space, a region that makes up both our inward and outward worlds: a mutable space with indivisible boundaries that exerts invisible influences as our connection to our environment. It has peaks and troughs and rivers that flow within and around it.

We inhabit it, and it dwells within us and is part of a shared memory, both local and massive.

For these reasons I almost always work from memory. The experience of being in landscape leaves an indelible mark on the person. 

Paintings change over time, as does land. They are (re)developed, worked on and reworked. They are transient, a build up of layers of lost spaces. As the past gets obscured the surface takes priority, processed via the serial influence of the preceding layers. These different spaces continually influence one another. A painting therefore is a landscape and one that bridges the inner-outer divide between ourselves and the world and become a way to process and visualise how the world around affects you.


I work with a mix of materials but most commonly paint on paper or canvas. I enjoy using oils the most; they have a depth of colour worth exploring as a vital part of the image-making process.  I also sometimes create digital variants of paintings for further experimentation using 3D software. I'm influenced by abstract expressionism, colour field painting, and other related post-painterly abstract movements.


CV

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

Residencies

July-August 2023 - Art Diagonale V, Austria

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

Curatorial

2016 - 2019 - Organiser / Curator,  Window71 - exhibition space in a disused ground floor window, north London, UK

Education

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

Awards

University of the Arts London Vice Chancellor's Scholarship

Work held in private collections in the UK, the Netherlands, Hungary, and Austria.

Raised in England, Mark Jeffreys now lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  His MFA is from University of the Arts in London.

You can view some of his graduate work here.

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