A year ago Julie and I started doing research for Fish's album A Feast of Consequences and finally last month it went on sale thru Fish's website: fishheadsclub.com It took many months to complete a 100 page book to accompany the 'special edition' of the album with drawings, paintings, photography and digital art all in the mix. Some of the art appears in the 'RECENT WORK' section and prints are now available in the shop, along with new designs for a pack of 'Masque' playing cards. I also designed the packaging for Czech band Kreyson's album 'Return Of The King' and went over to Prague for the official launch at the Hard Rock Café. The next big project is for album art and designs for Judas Priest's new album which I will be working on in the coming months.
There is some new work added to the recent work section including the 2012 christmas stamp designs for Jersey Post Office, new album cover art for Brazilian band Dancing Flame, Nearfest poster design and a book cover for a recipe book with 12 short stories for Michelin Star chef Leo Mantingveld. Mark is working on a new range of commissions for 2013 including a poster for a music festival in London later this year, Fish's next album 'A Feast Of Consequences' which there is to be a special edition 100 page hardback book, a new album cover for Italian band Asgard, and a new set of postage stamps for Jersey Post Office based on the theme of music festivals on the island. There is also a private commission for a brand new airbrush painting based on the early Marillion character of the Jester.
The latest postage stamp design by Mark for the 100th anniversary of Titanic can be seen in the stamps section of the Gallery This has also been combined with a highly collectible Sterling Silver coin by Westminster Collection, with a limited edition of only 295 with a special envelope design by Mark, and signed by him, see http://www.westminstercollection.com/p-M973/The-RMS-Titanic-Centenary-Silver-Coin-Cover.aspx for details. There is an interview in this month's Classic Rock Presents Prog magazine (out on April 28th) in the 'Art for Art's sake' section discussing Mark's career.
The new RAK album cover - Lepidoptera 2, The Book of Flight - see http://www.rak-music.com/ - has now been completed and can be seen in the recent work section of the gallery.
There has also been new designs completed for Rick Wakeman's 'In The Nick Of Time' album. Mark will be meeting with Fish later this month for preliminary discussions about his next album Feast of Consequences, designs for his Fisheads box set and plans for his fan club convention in October.
The site has been redesigned. New additions to the shop include Masque Playing Cards and Canvas Prints. Mark is currently working on a new set of postage stamp designs and also a new RAK album cover. Work is underway to design a book for Tolkein and album cover artist Paul Raymond Gregory which is to be published in the new year.
Mark has completed new art - seen here for Judas Priest's Epitaph tour which has been enlarged as a 50' stage backdrop to the shows being seen around the world during the next two years for their farewell tour, as well as on the official tour programme and T-Shirts. The Home Of Metal exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery features Mark's work for Judas Priest including original paintings and sketches created for their albums over the past 20 years http://www.homeofmetal.com/news/tickets-for-our-huge-birmingham-museum-and-art He will be attending the official opening on June 23 where he will take part in a TV feature covering the event for Sky Arts. There is also a new design for a box set of all Judas Priest's 20 singles to be released by Sony, called 'Single Cuts' - the art can be seen here
After the success of Shadowplay - Mark was honoured to be invited to design a book based around the fantastic paintings of Paul Gregory http://www.paulraymondgregory.com to be published next year. Paul also runs Bloodstock http://www.bloodstock.uk.com and Mark is looking forward to going there and also meeting Paul at his studio. Finally, Mark will be exhibiting some of his work in the form of Giclée art prints which will be for sale at Worcester Music Festival http://www.worcestermusicfestival.co.uk and also giving a talk about his career on Sunday 21st August at 12pm at Worcester Arts Workshop and signing copies of Shadowplay.
Mark has completed new art for 4 album covers these past few months, Bloodbound - Unholy Cross which can be seen here. Taletellers - Radicalizer which can be seen here. Sky Architect - A Dying Man's Hymn which can be seen here. Gran Torino - Grantorinoprog which can be seen here. There are commissions underway for Judas Priest's farewell tour which starts in June, plus new album art commissioned for Anita Hegerland and packaging designs for a box set of Rick Wakeman's best known albums including Journey To The Centre of The Earth. Shadowplay continues to get great reviews and appeared in Record Collector's top ten music-related books earlier this year. To see the latest news and views on Shadowplay on Facebook, visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shadowplay/124265967802 Mark will be visiting Norway again next month to appear with Fish at two of his shows in Drammen and Oslo, with a stand selling Shadowplay books and limited edition prints. Mark has been invited to appear at this year's Worcester Music Festival in August to display his work see http://www.worcestermusicfestival.co.uk/ and also at an airbrushing event in Spalding Lincs in September www.kustomkultureblastoff.com In June he will be appearing at NEARfest: www.nearfest.com with his new poster design for the show and to meet with old friends again at one of the best run music festivals in the world.
Work completed for new album art for new Andersonj/Wakeman album: The Living Tree which can be seen here.
There have been designs for DVD packaging for 'Bird On A Wire' - the 1972 film of Leonard Cohen - which has recently been released, Mark will be attending a special screening of the film at The Barbican Cinema on Tuesday November 2nd at 8:45. Mark gave a talk recently about his career as an artist and designer working for the music industry at Westminster School. Current work includes packaging designs for a film on Wagner and 21st century Schizoid Band as well as a series of DVD designs celebrating The Word TV programme made in the 80's. There are also a number of private commissions for paintings and drawings to be finished.
Contact was made with Disk Union in Tokyo at NEARfest and they have taken a sizable number of Mark's Shadowplay books for their chain of stores in Japan. New album cover art for Norwegian band Highland Glory can be seen here.
Mark is about to start on a new painting for the Fantasmus gallery which is moving to Copenhagen in September. The grand opening will feature a mixed exhibition from fantasy artists all over the world and the theme is 'Erotic Dreams'.
Some great photos from the NEARfest shows which Mark attended can be seen here: http://www.studiomlive.com/NEARfest2010/ Mark will be at The British Music Experience on Tuesday 13th to talk about his work - details here: http://www.britishmusicexperience.com/heavy-rock
Mark was also Interviewed for Bizarre magazine which comes out in August.
Mark will be in the USA to attend this year's NEARfest from 18th - 20th June to be part of their art room exhibit. He'll be in attendance with Claus Brusen publisher of his book Shadowplay who will be showing some of his other fantasy art books. This year's NEARfest poster design can be seen here
Mark has also been invited by The British Music Experience at The O2 in London on Tuesday July 13th to take part in a presentation and Q&A as part of a new series of events looking at iconic album artwork and how each artist defines themselves visually. He'll be sharing the event with Andie Airfix who has been designing graphics for a wide variety of legendary recording artists including AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Guns 'N' Roses, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Metallica, The Rolling Stones, The Who and many more. More info here: http://www.britishmusicexperience.com/heavy-rock
Mark will be at the Red Lion Bookshop in Colchester: www.redlionbooks.co.uk on Saturday 27th March - signing copies of Shadowplay and anything else people want to bring along:) Be nice if anyone fairly local could pop along and say hello. According to Mark it's a great shop with a large fantasy section downstairs and is one of the last of the local independents. The book has now been well reviewed in Classic Rock, Classic Prog, Fireworks, Record Collector and Metalhammer...some of these can be seen in the Shadowplay reviews section.
Shadowplay has been reviewed in the latest edition of Classic Rock presents Prog. Mark was asked to supply the cover art for that issue which concentrated on album art in general. The cover in full can be seen here.
Reviews of the book can be seen here. Shadowplay has also been sent to Metalhammer, Kerrang, Record Collector and Rocksound for review.
There is new art for Dutch band Sky Architect, Tangent Plane and a DVD celebrating the story of The Kinks in the gallery section.
A Shadowplay page has been added which includes a selection of the page spreads from the book.
Look out for more pages being added over the coming days.
More page spreads added.
Any budding artists out there?
Mark has been asked by Classic Rock Presents Prog to judge a competition for readers to design the CD coverdisc for the next issue. Anyone interested should take a peak at
http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/news/ design-classic-rock-presents-progs-next- cd-cover/
Mark was also asked to design the cover art for that issue, and his latest book Shadowplay will be reviewed too. The Black Box edition of Shadowplay has been slightly delayed due to the special black cloth binding being out of stock at the binders in Denmark:(
Mark has been assured that both editions will arrive no later than the middle of November. All the pre-orders of the book will be sent as soon as books arrive. This might not be such a bad thing as the UK postal strike - which is still going on might have delayed things anyway - hopefully this may have been settled by mid-November. All the A4 miniprints are signed and ready to place inside the wallet and the packaging is being delivered this week. So hopefully all will be more or less ready when Mark returns from Zurich on 12th November.
The pages for the Shadowplay book have all been printed and the binding is now being done, both for the standard hardback and special limited edition version. Mark should be taking delivery of the books in the next few weeks - so we will update the Masque site when they arrive. Mark will also be attending the Galileo Festival in Zurich on November 7th and 8th with his good friends from Galileo Records Patrick and Roberto and will hopefully have some books to display there. There are some details here: http://www.galileo-records.com/
There are a few jobs in the pipeline for Mark this month including album art for the German band Tangent Plane and Dutch band Sky Architects. Also, being a lifelong fan of Frank Zappa, Mark is thrilled to be designing the first release on DVD of his infamous 200 Motels film, directed by Tony Palmer. Other work recently completed was the artwork for the soon to be released film documentary by Tony Palmer of Wigan Casino, where he explores the roots of the Northern Soul and the breakdancing phenomenon.
Back to all things 'Prog' - Mark will be getting some major coverage soon, working on two exciting prog-jects (oh dear) that prog readers could be involved in too:) Anyone interested should stay tuned to www.classicrockmagazine.com
Shadowplay is the first compilation of Mark Wilkinson's best artwork, taken from a thirty year career during which he has created iconic album covers and concert posters for some of the top rock bands in the music industry including Marillion and Fish, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and The Darkness. Outside of the music business, he has also illustrated numerous book covers, postage stamps and created comic art for Judge Dredd, as well as producing artwork for the cult BBC TV series Red Dwarf. "Highly memorable and evocative artwork. One of the true greats of album sleeve artists." - Fish
Standard hardback edition: 315mm x 235mm, 168 pages. Price - £30 plus p&p
Also available in a special signed and numbered 'Black Box' edition, bound in black cloth inside a slipcase
together with a portfolio holding 2 signed Giclée prints exclusive to this edition. Strictly limited to 500 copies
Price - £90 plus p&p
Both editions will be published this Autumn 2009
SPECIAL PRE-ORDER BONUS
To guarantee your copy, pre-ordered books are now offered for sale.
For the standard edition, the price is reduced to £25 plus p&p
For a limited time (up to 30th August 2009) - those wishing to guarantee their numbered 'Black Box' Shadowplay
will get a bonus 3rd Giclée print - a design of your choice, taken from those that appear on my website in the 'Store' section. They will then have something more unique and special to them.
Please write for details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark has completed two paintings for the Danté Divine Comedy exhibition in Denmark which opens later this month. You can see one of these together with examples of some of the other artists' work here
The exhibition will be opened officially by Fish and will move on to Germany and Poland later in the year.
Because of the closeness of this event and NEARfest, Mark has not been able to attend the US music festival this year which was a disappointment...you can see Mark's logo design on the NEARfest official site here
Mark has been designing a new book about his art called Shadowplay and details are available at the publisher's site here
It will be available in two versions, a 168 page hardback book containing the best of Mark's work during the past 30 years. It will also be available in a signed and numbered edition housed in a clothbound slipcase with foil embossed lettering and containing 2 exclusive A4 limited edition prints inside a wallet. It is planned to have this ready by October - and Mark will be showing page samples and taking pre-orders with a special offer at Fish's convention in Leamington in August.
Mark has completed work on 'Game Of Fools' for Australian band Koritni which you can see here
This month's 'Guitarist' magazine has an article about Justin Hawkins and features a photo of him with the 'Black Shuck' guitar designed by Mark which you can see here
There are two commissions for British bands Fury UK and Decadenze which Mark will start on soon.
As well as doing at least one new painting for a mixed exhibition based on Danté's Divine Comedy for the Centre for Art of International Imaginary Realism, there is news of a book project that will feature Mark's work. The exhibition will open at the end of June in Denmark and will then go to Germany and possibly France and Poland too.
The book is to be published sometime this year through Edition Brusen. Provisionally titled 'Shadowplay' it will feature some of Mark's best work in a career spanning 3 decades. See www.fantasmus-art.com
Shadowplay will be a hardback book and the plan is to release a limited edition version in a special format which will include some exclusive signed prints. There will be a new cover painting for the book, which is currently being sketched out.
Mark has completed work on 'The Never Ending Illusion' for Daedalus which you can see here
Work just completed this month for a box set of early Marillion live recordings featuring Fish. Called 'Early Stages' the cover art which you can see here - features the famous Jester playing live on stage just as the curtains open to reveal a fantasy backdrop. Elements from past record sleeves appear hidden in the folds of the curtain. Limited edition fine art prints are now available of this new painting, for details please contact Mark
New illustrations this month commissioned by Italian band Daedalus for their album 'The Never Ending Illusion' plus Australian band Koritni's new album called 'Game of Fools'.
There is also a wraparound illustration commissioned by EMI for a box set of Fish era Marillion live albums. Zoe 25 - the new Fish single cover was completed this month and can be seen here
New work this month commissioned by Irish band Glyder for their ep 'Weather The Storm'. Mark has been invited to take part in a mixed exhibition in Denmark and moving on to France and Germany and possibly London next year...to produce 2 paintings on the theme of Dante's Divine Comedy. The link to the gallery site and expo details are here: http://www.fantasmus-art.com/DANTES.htm
Mark is off to USA on June 19th to Nearfest: www.nearfest.com to attend the famous progressive rock festival now in its 10th year. He will be sharing an exhibition space once again with Roger Dean. Fish is headlining on the Friday night and Mark is looking forward to meeting up with the band over there as well as some of the friends he made the last time he attended in 2006.
Nostradamus - the latest double album by Judas Priest is released this month, and another of the pieces Mark illustrated for it - '4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse' is shown here This concept album about the 16th Century prophet is available in 3 different formats, with the special deluxe version - a 12 inch square box set housing 3 vinyl albums with specially designed labels, a 48 page fully illustrated book with 2 CDs housed in floating wallet pages and a 600 cm square poster. A 3D visual of the box set can be seen here A TV promo ad for the album created using Mark's artwork can be seen at:
Mark finished Work on the New Judas Priest album and with the help yours truly has given judaspriest.com a new intro animation
Mark finished Work on a new piece of artwork for Koritini an Australian band. Also finishing off the lavish packaging for Judas Priest's next album 'Nostradamus' Mark will also be attending this year's Nearfest www.nearfest.com where he will be showing some new artwork as well as art printshe has designed for 13th Star.
Mark finished Work on a new piece of artwork for Taletellers and a first piece for Norwegian band Black Ocean
Mark also completed artwork for the new Fish single Arc of the Curve.
Mark was interviewed recently about the work he did for Red Dwarf on the remastered series a few years ago. The first 3 series that were remastered have just been released in a new box set called 'Bodysnatcher' in time for Christmas. It features all the artwork Mark did for the video covers at the time plus some sketches for illustrations used in that first remastered show. The interview and a very dodgy photo of him and Mr Flibble can be seen here www.reddwarf.co.uk He has also just completed work on a box set for Tony Palmer for the complete 17 part series on the history of popular music called All You Need Is Love to be released early next year. More work has been done for the lavish packaging for the new Judas Priest concept album Nostradamus also to be released next year. There is a new album cover underway for the German band Taletellers as well as a commission from the avant garde experimental band called Dreams Of Tall Buildings for a sound and vision installation next year at the St Pauls Gallery in Birmingham. This will be to design an album cover (limited edition viny) to accompany the show. A commission from Guernsey Philatelic Bureau for a new set of aviation stamps has just come in too...to celebrate 3 anniversaries of flight next year.
Mark finished the poster design for the Subtacto festival in Norway Which can be found here. Also completed was the latest album design for Glyder and that can be seen here. The artwork and illustrations have been completed for '13th Star' - the new Fish album and they can be seen here New limited edition Giclée prints are now available for these designs and info about them can be seen here
Mark has joined an interesting online art community called Deviant Art and has put up a gallery of work plus a journal. It can be found here: http://aliensexdeath.deviantart.com Work done in the past few months include a DVD box set design 'Treasure Chest' for Rick Wakeman to accompany the CD box set of the same name as well as a few more DVD designs for Tony Palmer...all of which can be seen in the Design and Packaging section. A private portrait commissioned for Sindre from Norway can be seen in the private commissions section. There are some new designs for posters and press ads for Fish's upcoming tour related to the 13th Star project, as well as these Mark has started on the rough drawings for 2 new illustrations for the album based on the Angel and boat idea. There has been a lot of new illustration and design work for the upcoming Judas Priest album 'Nostradamus'. To coincide with the special double DVD reissue of the Syd Barrett Story, Mark has revamped the box packaging and included a set of 8 postcard size designs based on tickets, flyers and promo material. A logo design based on a Jester's head was completed this month...for Punch Consulting in Norway. and a poster design for a rock festival 'Subtacto' is underway.
Mark has finished the cover illustration for new band No Machine and it can be seen in the new work section. Also completed was the EP cover for new singer Alex Vargas...who commissioned a logo and some 'rusty dusty' treatments to some photos his management provided. The logo was actually hand drawn by Hannah...Mark's daughter who was doing a project on Sixties design at Art College at the time, Alex had requested a 60's feel to the logo so it seemed an ideal opportunity to test her design skills...Alex loved the result and you can see the cover and logo as well as hearing some of his songs on his website: www.alexvargas.com Also commissioned this month is a cover design for Irish band Glyder www.glydermusic.com and a poster for a rock festival in Norway. A trip to Scotland has been organised too this month to discuss the artwork for Fish's next album The Thirteenth Star as well as designs for the upcoming tour later in the year.
Mark has had the final photos sent to him of the guitar painting commissioned by Justin Hawkins. He did the original illustration and sent it off to Beej Curtis www.organicimage.com an award winning specialist custom artist to airbrush it on to the Les Paul guitar. You can see Mark's original illustration and some step-by-steps of Beej working on the guitar here The Jon Anderson box set which Mark designed and illustrated is now available to purchase at www.jonboxset.com you can see some examples here Also completed this month are some designs for Tangerine Dream live DVDs, and a special DVD box design for the famous 60's documentary about Rock music 'All My Loving' which can be seen in the gallery section.A transcript of the Deviantart chat session is now available here
Mark is in the chat with the username aliensexdeath :)
The auction is now officially closed, many thanks to all who took part.
Mark will be taking part in a web chat on Wednesday November 8th at 9PM GMT more info here
The auction is now officially open and has received mentions on a couple of Pink Floyd sites, Brain Damage have an item here and the Neptune Pink Floyd site has an article on the creation of the Syd painting here
Mark has been commissioned to design a set of double albums from The Pretty Things' back catalogue. There is a box set design for Jon Anderson which will house 20 CDs eventually, this is planned for a Christmas release. The initial roughs for Judas Priest's new album 'Nostradamus' have been accepted by the band subject to some slight revamping which Mark will undertake this month. Mark has planned an online auction to be arranged during the month of October. There will be 4 original paintings up for sale, Syd Barrett, Market Square Heroes reworked painting on canvas, The Best Of Both Worlds original painting and the Lepidoptera painting. The auction is now live and can be found here.
The Haddington Fish Convention was very successful this year for all concerned, a write-up with photos on Mark's Airbrush demo can be seen here.
Mark has completed the postage stamps, they will be issued at the beginning of November and can be purchased through the Guernsey website here and the designs can be seen here There are a set of Christmas cards available to purchase based on these designs and can be see in the site shop here
Mark has returned from Nearfest, a write up and some pics can be seen here. He has returned to a few projects, firstly a set of postage stamps illustrating the 12 days of Christmas for Guernsey Post Office. Also a DVD design for The Pretty Things and the Snapper reissue of Internal Exile for Fish. There is a logo for Justin Hawkins' solo project to go with the illustration that has been completed and final tweaks for his guitar airbrush design. There is also a DVD design for Tangerine Dream's anniversary Phaedra concert to be done in the coming weeks.
Mark completed the album cover design for German band TaleTellers. New projects so far this month include a DVD and CD design for a Tangerine Dream concert at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, and a DVD design for the 40th Anniversary concert of The Pretty things. This was a particular dream come true for Mark as 'SF Sorrow' and 'Parachute' are two of his favourite albums of all time and he has admired the band for many years.
Mark has been packing prints and books ready to courier over to America for his first display of work there (see www.nearfest.com ). He'll be sharing an exhibition room at the festival with Roger Dean who he met once before at Roger's show in Newcastle a few years ago. Mark has just completed the design for a poster for Fish's Mexican show and the DVD release of Return To Childhood. There is also the packaging design for the first of Fish's back catalogue reissues on Snapper of Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors. Satellite, the Polish band Mark worked with a few years ago have asked him to design their next album, and Moongarden, who he met at Progsol in Switzerland have also asked Mark to paint their next album sleeve as well as designing a logo for them. Taletellers...a band from Germany have commissioned a design for their next album too.
Mark has completed a number of designs for The Darkness tour merchandise along with a new E.P. For Skirtbox and album artwork for 'Tipton, Entwistle, Powell' .
Mark has been confirmed for the Fish fanclub convention in Haddington, Scotland at the end of August, Mark is hoping to do a live airbrushing demonstration as well as the traditional artwork exhibition.
Mark's artwork for the Judas Priest album Angel of Retribution has been voted best cover art of the year by Burrn a popular Japanese rock magazine. The Darkness album was voted No.5.
Mark has completed some new designs for The Darkness tour and has been commissioned by Justin Hawkins to design a new album sleeve for his solo project There are also plans afoot to paint a guitar, which Mark will collaborate on with a top airbrush artist
in this specialised field to transfer his illustration on to a Gibson.
There was a stylised tee shirt design for Bullet For My Valentine earlier this month for their current tour and Mark plans to expand this idea into a fully realised airbrush painting next month for the band. There is also a new commission from a band called Skirtbox see www.skirtbox.com Initially for an EP cover and an album sleeve to follow later in the year. Fish has asked Mark to appear at his fanclub convention in August with an exhibition of Marillion and Fish related art and he will give a live demo of airbrushing at the event too. The artwork for Fish's live album 'Return To Childhood' was completed this month too.
Well, as you can see we are going through a bit of a metamorphosis, this will be gradual and will not be completed
until early next year so please be patient.The Darkness album has been released and the artwork is all over the music
magazines and even on huge billboards across the country.
Mark survived a week on the tour bus with Fish and company and had a great time meeting some of the fans hopefully we'll have a few words about the trip soon.
Mark has been commissioned to provide the cover art for The Darkness' new album: "One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back",
the roughs have just been approved by the band, and Mark is looking forward to working on a complex
picture that is quite different to anything he's done before.
Don't forget Mark will be on the Road with Fish for the latter part of the 'Return to Childhood' tour in London, Germany and Holland
and will have Giclee prints available(while stocks last)
Just a quick alteration to the plans...
Mark will not now be attending the airbrush forum in Germany, he will however be at the Koln Fish show
(November 18th - E-Werk: Koln, Germany.)
The will be a Special 'pre-show' private view of Mark Wilkinson artworks in the foyer of the Ewerk in Cologne for The Company Germany from 16:00 to 18:30...including the original painting for Return To Childhood and questions/signings by Mark.
Mark has now been asked to exhibit at an exhibition at the "Sala Barna" in Barcelona starting on September 30th and running until October 19th,
Mark will be there for the opening night of the show. http://www.grupobatikart.com
Mark is also hoping to make it across the pond for Nearfest 2006
Mark has finished the artwork for the new Fish 'best of album' and has also been working on some tour artwork for Finnish band 'HIM'
and 'Juliette and the Licks' along with a t-shirt design for John Wesley and some more work for Judas Priest.
Mark has done a couple of interviews one for Colossus magazine see www.colossus.fi and the other for a German e-mag see www.rock-avenue.de
Mark will be accompanying Fish on the road for some of the Return to Childhood dates,
initially this will cover the tour of Norway in september
(2/9 Trondheim, 3/9 Bergen, 4/9 Stavanger, 6-8/9 Oslo)
Mark Will have the original Return to Childhood Painting and the New Highland glory painting with him along with high quality prints of these and other paintings,
Mark has designed a poster for The Tour which can be found on the New Work page.
Mark Recently Visited Fish to take preparatory photographs for the new Fish 'Best Of' album.
Mark has since been working on the Sleeve and packaging for the album to be called 'Bouilabaise'.
Mark has been commissioned to produce a set of stamps for Guernsey Post
Office commemorating the Fifa World Cup 2006. This will be released in
February next year and elements of the 40th anniversary since England
won the World Cup are to be included in the design.
There is a new interview with Mark here:
Mark has been invited to attend a large Airbrush show in Germany in October,
The Return to childhood painting is finished and will be unveiled soon.
The Highland Glory sleeve is also finished.
Mark had a successful trip to Florence for the Aerographica 4 exhibition.
Mark recently gave a lecture at Eltham College where the staff commented aftewards that this was the best attended lecture they have had. Mark is available for weddings, funerals, barmitzvahs. :)
Judas Priest Giclee prints are now going to be available
Mark has also been working on the 'Return to Childhood' Piece, Robert Mead, the original 'Misplaced' boy has been posing!
Mark Will be appearing at 'Aerographica 4' in Florence Sunday 19th June, 10:30 AM with a talk entitled Airbrush Art and Rock'n' roll music in Britain. Further details can be found here:
Mark is hoping to have a number of paintings on display including the new Return to Childhood and Syd pictures and a selection of prints.
Mark is also working on a new piece for Highland Glory.
There is now a Swiss 'Masque' site
Mark has been busy working on the new Judas Priest album 'Angel of Retribution' and their new single.
Marillion's debut album 'Script for a Jesters Tear' was featured in Classic Rock magazines 'Cover Notes' section on sale this month.
Mark has been asked to guest at an airbrush exhibition in Florence in June.
Mark has met with Fish to discuss an update to the Misplaced Childhood artwork to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the album and the 20th anniversary tour.
Mark: "Whenever I'm asked what my dream job would be...in the past I've always said something for Pink Floyd as they were my favourite band...and the nearest I came to experiencing fandom way back in the late 60's when I was fan club member 425! I saw Pink Floyd many times then and have continued to love (most) of their work ever since. Imagine my insane delight to be asked to paint a portrait of Syd for a DVD sleeve for 'The Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd Story'. I was also asked to create a montage for the inner sleeve...and had this been 6 years ago I would have still had all that fanclub stuff! But I sold a lot of it to a collector to finance the purchase of an Applemac to keep me afloat...I was broke at the time goddammit...an affliction most artists experience at odd times in their careers. I bitterly regret making that decision now of course! So I've had to beg, borrow and steal from friends who weren't so rash and still have some of their collections intact!
I am intending to paint something that remains faithful to the spirit of Syd and Pink Floyd of those early days, in particular the UFO Club/Hapshash-And-The -Coloured-Coat style of art that so inspired me as a teenager. The DVD has already been released in the UK, so this will be the American NTSC version."
Mark will be appearing at a rock festival in Switzerland with an exhibition of his artworks...(see link) with a new painting and designs for 'Lepidoptera' a new album for Swiss band RAK. As well as this he will be showing around 30 pieces of work as mounted Giclée prints. Full report and photos in a few weeks.
Mark has also designed a poster for the event which can be seen on the new work page along with the artwork for the new 'Rak' album Lepidoptera.
The European Exibition tour continues with a stop in Germany on Friday November 19th in Oberhausen.
There will be an exhibition of Marks work followed by a Performance by the UKs premier Marillion/Fish tribute band The Skyline Drifters http://www.skylinedrifters.co.uk/
Quality Inn, Holmsbu, Hurum, Norway
The exhibition in Norway was very successful. Mark opened the show, displaying 35 of his best designs as Giclée prints, on the Saturday afternoon July 3 at 2:00pm and unveiled his the new painting 'The Fool' half an hour afterwards. Some of the fans had travelled many hours to be there and Mark really enjoyed chatting to them, answering questions about his work over the years and discussing the new pieces on show. A working version of a new painting 'Lepidoptera' was shown and he had many enquiries about the band RAK who commissioned it. There will be a website soon for them, but for now there is some info on the writer and vocalist Dave Thwaites' site: http://www.spiritualmind.org/rak.htm
After the exhibition opening the Marillion tribute band, Misplaced Neighbourhood, played an acoustic set outside the hotel bar. In the evening they played the full electric set at another bar in Holmsbu, with a sell out show dedicated to Marillion old and new. They went down a storm, and reckoned it was the best set they'd ever played and the most enthusiastic crowd they'd ever had! The celebrating went on until the early hours. The exhibition continued until Wednesday and Mark was around for a few hours each day to chat to visitors to the show. Mark and his family; wife Julie, daughter Hannah and son Sean (who modelled as the jester for the new painting) had a great time at the show and had a very relaxed holiday at the wonderful hotel which is situated in such a stunning area...many thanks go to Morten Eliassen for organising such a fantastic week for them.
Mark will be returning to Norway on July 2nd for an exhibition at the Spa hotel in Holmsbu and has designed a poster for the event.
Mark has been commissioned to paint a new album sleeve for the Swiss band RAK for their concept album: Lepidoptera. This will form the centrepiece of an exhibition at the Swiss Progsol Rock Festival in September http://www.progsol.net for which he has designed the poster. Other private commissions in the pipeline this year are paintings for Robert D. WOJTASZCZYK (Whiskey), a huge Judas Priest fan based in the US, and a painting for Barry Rosen, based on the early Marillion 'themes' Mark has been associated with. This is a private commission, but Mark will be offering the design as a print when completed.
Mark will be attending Fish's Norway Rockafella gig on March 5th and will be displaying some of his signed Giclée prints.
New 'mini giclees' will also be on sale and will also be on sale through the site
Mark has been invited to attend the Progsol Rock festival in September. He
is hoping to exhibit the painting for a new commission for the Swiss band
RAK's album 'Lepidoptera' as well as displaying some other work and selling
his prints. For more info please see:
Mark and Dave are no longer working together as L-space design and the L-space email address is no longer valid, please use Marks new address email@example.com for all corespondence.
www.masque-studio.com coming soon!
Mark has completed work on the cover for the new Fish Album 'Field of Crows'
and has also been painting a few private pieces.
Mark has been busy with the airbrush working on the first new Marillion artwork since The Best of Both Worlds.
The site has had a second glowing review in Classic Rock Magazine
As far as I'm aware no other site has been reviewed twice!
Mark has decided to change the previously supplied prints for much higher quality limited edition Giclee prints full details in the shop section.
Mark has decide to go back to the airbrush for the new Fish album and has also been asked to airbrush a cover for a live 'Fish-era' Marillion box set.
Mark has also been doing some work for Robbie Williams and for the Download festival.
Some work for a new band called 'Funeral For A Friend'
A book cover for a Viking novel and some more architectural designs.
'Highland Glory' Album sleeve added.
'Silverman' album sleeve added
'Fools Company' and 'Sunsets' Fish DVD sleeves added
Mark has also repainted the Led Zep Hermit poster
Mark has been busy on a number of projects since the last update.
There has been artwork for the Fish album Fellini nights and artwork for the Fish European convention.
A single cover for Jo McCafferty and an album sleeve for Brutal Deluxe.
The is also tour artwork for Alice Coopers Monsters of Rock tour and a set of wine labels along with a few private commisions.
Mark is also working on another set of stamps this time featuring the history of aeroplanes.
Classic Rock featured Misplaced Childhood in their 'Cover Notes' section.
There are several new pieces of Marks work available, The Rick Wakeman Treasure Chest is now ready, there is now a Fellini Days picture disc, the new John Wesley single 'Fly Boy' features part of the album sleeve which Mark designed.
Mark is to be interviewed by MTV Italy on 1st March.
Mark has been busy working on a number of different projects.
There is a new album cover on the new art page, this is for Brittany Mayers album 20/20. There is more work underway for Iron Maiden more news on that soon Iron Maiden art cards may also be available soon. Other projects include some work for Rick Wakeman and a few private commissions.
Masque can once again be ordered online now the secure server has been changed.
Mark has been working on a number of projects including a logo for a new record company,
'Picture This' which will specialise in picture disc vinyl releases, mark should be working on some of these picture discs.
Mark has also been interviewed by Dave Ling of Classic Rock magazine for their 'Sleeve Notes' column, the article covers Judas Priests 'Painkiller' album.
This should be included in the January issue on sale in December.
Mark has been very busy since the last update, there have been new albums for Fish, Judas Priest, Satellite and Pris'n Style and most recently the new album for John Wesley.
Private commissions and work on the Judas Priest remaster series have also taken up time along with merchandise work for Bon Jovi.
Mark did a bit of a talk and Q&A session at the Fish convention in Haddington and you can read his thoughts about this in the 'stories' section.
The site is also on a new server which should make things a little faster.
Mark has been working on a number of images originally intended for use in the Kylie Minogue tour programme.
Masque has had good reviews in Classic Rock and Mark is interviewed in Both the Company Holland Magazine and 'The Rest of Both Worlds' Fanzine.
Masque T-shirts are now available (as well as prints and cards) through the-company.com website and they look very good!
Masque has been shipping for a few weeeks and all the feedback is good.
Robert Mead (The misplaced boy) is now a journalist and reviewed the book for his newspaper.
Colchester public library are carrying a copy of the book and will be having an exhibition shortly.
Classic Rock magazine stopped the presses to make sure they got the review in the Jan 2001 issue.
Masque is ready, preordered copies are now being despached.
The new site is live!
Mark has been busy putting the final touches to Masque along with another sleeve for Iron Maiden.
Other work has included an 'artist impession' of plans for an old water tower in Colchester.
The book should be available at the end of November and can be pre-ordered now from
Mark has had some great news, in his own words...
"Well I must be doing something right, both 'Lightbulbsun' and 'The Wicker Man' have been accepted for this year's Association of Illustrators 'Images 25-The Best Of British Illustration' book and also at least one of them (hopefully both) will be included in the 'Images 25 exhibition' at The Royal College of Art next April!! Both images will be included in the Association of Illustrator's website: www.aoi.co.uk at the same time as publication next April too. This is good news, I used to
enter every year for this but never got in. It was Harry, my Agent who pushed me into entering again as he loved the new stuff so much. Literally thousands of artists enter every year, so the competition's stiff. Imagine...Eddie at the Royal College of Art!"
The Masque book is nearing completion and we have launched a competition to win a copy(follow the link in the 'contents').
Mark was recently commissioned to produce a gatefold illustration for Iron Maiden.
This will be used for the Forthcoming single 'The Wicker Man' It's released on May 8th and will be released as 2 CDs and a 12" vinyl picture disc.
One of the CDs will contain a poster but I'm not sure if this will feature the artwork or just a band picture. unfortunately we have to wait until they unveil the design on their official site before I can put it on SITAB but, once they have it online we'll be bringing you a 'step by step'.
Also, Mark has provided the illustration for 'The weird world of Lionel Fanthorpe and The Amphibians from Space' I'll be adding the illustration to the voiceprint section of the site shortly.
We have moved!!!!
The site has a new home and now have our own domain name
Something in the Airbrush now lives at:
(Thanks to Brian for the hosting)
The old URL will still be updated for some time but I will be updating the new URL first.
The latest issue of Classic Rock magazine has a new section called 'While You're Surfing' and this is what they said about us:
"The homepage for the man whose artwork has graced all the classic Marillion and Fish sleeves as well as bands like Hawkwind and even James Brown. Colourful and well worth checking out"
Well, There hasn't been much news to report recently but Mark has been busy.
He spent several months working on a new catalogue for voiceprint but there have been a few other things he's been working on too.There were Christmas cards for Voiceprint and Kimberley clark, a couple of things that have to be kept under wraps at the moment but we hope to be able to bring them to you soon.
Work is also underway on The Masque, it is now hoped to be out this summer.
Mark was one of several artists who submitted work for the new Porcupine Tree album, unfortunately none of the designs were chosen and the band opted for a completely different idea for the sleeve.Marks design may still be used for a single sleeve.
Mark has been working on another project which involves Porcupine Tree supremo Steven Wilson though, Steven plays and is musical director for the new Uri Geller album!!! Marks previous work for Uri geller can be seen in the voiceprint section of the site.
Other projects include the new Chocolate Frogs Records logo (the new label for official Fish releases) and the sleeve for the Fish 'issue 30' CD
The Fish gig in Cambridge on November 7th was cancelled.
Mark will be at the 'Art at the Ancient' exhibition, Mark will be there with Julie all day on Saturday 11th December and will have a few Fishy cards with him to sell and perhaps a few POG. prints as well as the 'Shoes Don't Spin' cards and bookmarks etc. He will be happy to sign anything you want. The Ancient House Gallery is in The Buttermarket in Ipswich town BTW and is the oldest and most famous building in Ipswich. Check the site Journal for a link to an advertising poster.
Mark will be at the Fish gig in Cambridge on November 7th with Prints, Cards and Mouse Mats on the merch. stand.
The Masque book is back on the agenda, Mark has been researching the possibilities of finally finishing the project and things are looking fairly positive, more news soon.
Mark has been working on a few Christmas card designs and a special limited edition 'Plague of Ghosts' print.
Marks mugshot also appears on the cover of the new Marillion album 'marilion.com'.
Mark's talk at the Fish convention was cancelled due to lack of time :( maybe next time, eh.
Mark was there and enjoyed the weekend, thanks to everyone who stopped for a chat with him.
He will also be at the Fish gig in Cambridge on November 7th with Prints, Cards and Mouse Mats on the merch. stand.
There are now a range of A4 and A3 prints available.
64 solutions used the Duke Nukem picture 4 times in the current issue but chopped it about quite a bit.
The latest issue of Classic Rock magazine has the results of their readers poll for the best album covers of all time, Misplaced
Childhood came in at number 3 (and they got Marks name wrong) and Script was Number 17.
Mark had a chat with Steve Wilson of Porcupine Tree at the Fish convention so you never know what may happen on that front ;-).
There is also a chance that the fabled 'Masque' book may soon become a reality.
Mark will be at the Fish convention at the end of August giving a talk about his paintings
Fish will also have his collection on display .
Mark has Finished a painting of Duke Nukem for 64 Solutions magazine.
The latest stamps from Guernsey are now available.
There are additions to the range of cards available to include some Fish/Marillion designs.
Mouse mats with a Fishy theme should be available soon.
JUNE / JULY
Mark has been working on several new album sleeves and a catalogue for Voiceprint
along with David Axtell who worked with him on Fish's 'Raingods' sleeve together they are now known as L-Space.
Mark and Julie have started a handmade greetings card company under the name of 'Shoes Don't Spin' the cards are available in the Shoes don't spin section.
JANUARY / FEBRUARY
Mark has completed the Guernsey stamps which will be on the site soonish
The album and single covers for Fish are complete and appearing gradually as step by step pieces.
The Album is due out world-wide on April 19th/20th and the single on March 5th.
There is a new interview on 'Smegweb' an unofficial Red Dwarf site
Mark is working on some more stamps for Guernsey
The Airbrush exhibition was enjoyed by all, pictures and a report elsewhere on the site.
Mark has flown off to Germany for the airbrush exhibition
Kettle of Fish is released in the UK
Mark has started putting some Ideas together for Fish's 'Raingods with Zippos' album - look out for a step by step guide coming to a computer near you soon.
Mark started off October by celebrating his birthday at the Freaks'n'Friends charity party and helped out by donating prizes for the draw and quiz,then assisted by Mickey Simmonds.
The first Record Mark has illustrated since the arrival of the computer into his studio,Judas Priests 'Live Meltdown' has been released.
The remastered version of Iron Maidens Live At Donnington album has been released featuring the illustration Mark provided for the concert program and event t-shirt.
The re-mastered version of Marillion's Misplaced childhood is released featuring Marks art and sleeve notes.
As promised more details of the exhibition in Castrop-Rauxel on 7th and 8th of November.
The international airbrush forum takes place in Castrop-Rauxel(Near Dortmund,Germany) every year.It is the largest and most prestigious airbrush event in the world drawing crowds of 12000 .Divided over 2 halls Airbrush artists,Manufacturers and other companies related to art materials will be present.Live acts and other events are spread over the 2 halls to ensure continuous
entertainment for the public. One area though is reserved for The Fine art gallery ,organised by the European Airbrush Association, the most prestigious area of the whole show and exhibiting artists are selected very carefully each year,it is the only area where a very high line is drawn regarding quality and professionalism.Around a dozen artists from around the world are chosen in a wide variety of
styles and this year Mark has been asked to exhibit a number of pieces.
Details of the art and memorabilia have been announced and added to the site
Mark has decided to have a bit of a clearout and will be auctioning a number of paintings and memorabilia-details soon.
The first of the Guernsey Maritime Definitive stamps has been issued
Mark has been asked to produce the artwork for the next Fish album 'Raingods with Zippos' expected to be released next march.
Mark has completed work on the new Judas Priest album 'Meltdown' which will be added to the site as soon as it is released.
Mark has been asked to exhibit a number of paintings at the European Airbrush Association show this year,details later.
Airbrush Art and Action this month includes an interview and a step by step.
Airbrush Art and Action this month includes a poster of Judge Anderson.