Art has the power to connect us to a region of immaterial space. It is a window, a conduit through which we see the world more clearly.
Art can raise awareness.
Art is freedom to imagine and is powerful.
What is landscape? My work is an investigation into the meaning of landscape. I use a mixture of materials to explore the language abstraction to discover things hard to grasp and hard to define.
I think of landscapes as a region of space neither here nor there, internal and external, at once close and yet far away. An environment is a region that makes up both our internal space and external space: mutable landscapes with indivisible boundaries exerting invisible influences as our connection to nature.
I also try to imagine the landscape of the future, where we will have lost so much through environmental change, or landscapes on other worlds where we might only have an inhospitable environment in common. I paint these feelings and ideas as abstract compositions that evoke lost spaces through layering the paint to cover up previous details.
Recently I've been combining landscape photography and sculptural interventions with old photographs to highlight a separation between the past and present through two separate spaces. The content of these photos is important to create a personal connection and I hope that the work triggers a more general conversation about our connection to the environment.
Mark Jeffreys (b. UK 1981) currently lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His MFA is from University of the Arts in London.
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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 - 2019 - Organiser / Curator, Window71 - exhibition space in a disused ground floor window, north London, UK
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 (De Montfort University)
1999-2000 - Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, College of West Anglia
University of the Arts London Vice Chancellor's Scholarship