Mark Hearld Facts

Mark Hearld is an English artist, best known for his mixed-media work inspired by the countryside and nature around the UK.

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Facts About Mark Hearld

  • Mark Hearld was born in 1974.
  • As a child, he loved nature and the outdoors. When his family moved to the outskirts of York, he spent his time on farms with ponies, chickens, and ducks.
  • He lives and works in York, UK.
  • He admires the work of the artist Paul Nash, Keith Vaughn, and Pablo Picasso.
  • He completed a course in illustration at the Glasgow School of Art, and he also studied Natural History Illustration at the Royal College of Art in London.
  • He studied under the illustrator John Norris Wood.
  • He is inspired by the artists Edward Bawden, John Piper, and Eric Ravilious.
  • In 2005, Mark Hearld worked on the set designs for the Nanny McPhee movie.
  • His artwork is inspired by his observations of the natural world, and the animals, birds, and plants of the British countryside.
  • He works in a number of mediums to produce lithographic prints, linocut prints, paintings, collages, and hand-decorated ceramics.
  • He has illustrated numerous books, including A First Book of Nature, Nature Poems, Animal Poems, and Outside Your Window.
  • Mark Hearld enjoys going to car boot sales and walking with his friends and his dog.
  • He enjoys reading the ghost stories of M.R. James, but he doesn’t actually believe in ghosts.
  • His favourite poem is Soap Suds by Louis Mac Neice.
  • One of his favourite pictures is The Vision of Saint Eustace by Pisanello.
  • He enjoys watching the movie It’s a Wonderful Life.
  • Mark Hearld lives with his partner Emily Sutton (also a successful artist). They met at York College when Mark Hearld was teaching their part-time.
  • He loves the work of E.Q. Nicholson.
  • Mark Hearld’s house in York is full of items that inspire him, including folk art, engravings, and collections of mugs, plates, decoy ducks, and ornaments.
  • His solo exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park was called Birds & Beasts.
  • He has produced artwork for Faber & Faber and Tate Museums, and he has designed fabrics and wallpaper fro St Jude’s.
  • His work has been described as the ‘antithesis of minimalism’ as he brings together numerous elements to create complex and dynamic scenes.