Mark Tippett began life as a commercial artist, working in advertising layout and design before graphic design and art direction. He paints and draws portraits: his self-styled approach, irreverent, aligning to the art of caricature. He has entered the Archibald Prize three times, and is an eight-times finalist in the celebrated Bald Archy Prize. Subjects for the Archibald have included dual Olympic gold medallist sports shooter, Michael Diamond, Prof Gordian Fulde from Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital and champion marathon swimmer, Susie Maroney.
Mark works as a commissioning artist (as well as live work at occasional functions and events). He has a degree in Fine Arts and also teaches art classes to all ages. Clients include the Sydney Art School, Art Gallery of NSW and high schools and community groups.
His impressionist work focuses on the essence of face, using gestural mark making to capture the image in impastoed lines and contours with fauvist-style complementary colours and experimenting with built up oil glazes. He wants to create awareness to the viewer of complexities of personality and colourful deftness of character: seeking images of pop art icons or those people less widely known. Influences include Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud, André Derain, Ben Quilty and Adam Cullen.
Update: selected work currently showing on Art Arena New York.
As seen on Channel 7Two's Get Arty children's program.
Awards / shows / sales
Selected in Rock Legends exhibition at The Loftworks Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, October 2017
Solo exhibition Expressionism 2017 - May 2017
2nd Prize in Category at Aspects Art Show, Goondiwindi Qld, May 2017
Shortlisted in the Bald Archy Prize in 2013, 2015 and an exhibiting finalist in 2010-17.
Bald Archy entries sold, 2010-2013, 2015-17.
Exhibitor at Rotary Cartoon Awards 2010, 2011-16 (Coffs Harbour)
Contributor to ACA award winning exhibition winning the Prix de la Presse International at Saint Just le Martel (International Press Prize) 2014 (France)
Exhibitor in the Who is Looking at You? Portrait Prize 2015 (Melbourne)
Exhibitor in ACA exhibition at the Prix de la Presse International at Saint Just le Martel (International Press Prize) 2015 (France)
Selected for the Who is Looking at You? Portrait Prize 2016 (Melbourne)
Artworks sold through auction house Lawsons (Two Faces, Midnight Oil, Audrey, Daniel Johns Young Modern, Pro Hart)
Represented by ArtInvest selling agent and work available online at lloydsauctions.com.au
Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts)
Diploma of Commercial Art
Diploma of Vocational Training and Education
20+ years experience in art
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)
Australian Cartoonists Association (ACA)
International Society of Caricature Artists (ISCA)
Cartoonist’s Club of Great Britain (CCGB)
Guest spot in Business Spotlight-Verlag magazine July 2016 (Germany)
One page in Art/Edit magazine No 10 (2016) portraiture feature
Double page spread in Art/Edit magazine No 7
Article in The Leader, Feb 2015
Hobart Mercury article by Anne Mather, Feb 7, 2015