Mark Surridge was born in 1963, he studied at Maidstone College of Art and gained an MA at Falmouth University, where he is now a part time senior lecturer on Fine Art BA. He has established himself as a highly committed abstract artists living and working in Cornwall. Landscape and the elemental forces of nature have been major inspirations in his work, resulting in ambitious large-scale paintings, sculpture and installation.
Surridge’s distinctive and individual work has been selected for numerous exhibitions including, the Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall, The Royal Academy, London, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, Mini-Meta Abstract Painting from mid -generation British Artists, London and Tate St Ives, Cornwall. He has had many solo exhibitions.
Mark Surridge’s paintings reveal traces, signs and veils. Making work from specific sites, each site ‘mapped’, remembered and transformed into works of ‘equivalence of experience’. The paintings suggest aspects of archaeology; images appear half excavated in the paint, revealing hidden codes and syntaxes. Some of the canvases are divided into two parts, suggesting the passing of accumulated time or the movement of an ultra violet scanning device, searching for meaning.
He uses the principles of the palimpsest to look at the world, the most distant layers erased or partially erased by the ones in front, the landscape can be seen as a series of elements, pictorial, psychological and metaphorical.