July 2nd, 2010

This commission asked for a portrait of the Beatles as they might have looked circa 1980, had they stuck together.

This Week’s Featured Artwork

June 29th, 2010

Portrait of Joseph Merrick

Joseph Carey Merrick (5 August 1862 – 11 April 1890)

Working as a sideshow freak, Merrick traveled to London for exhibition in a shop on Whitechapel Road managed by showman Tom Norman. Norman’s shop was directly across the street from the London Hospital and was frequented by the hospital’s medical students and doctors. One visitor, a surgeon named Frederick Treves, invited Merrick to the hospital to be examined and photographed.

It was later decided that Merrick would be allowed to stay at the hospital for the remainder of his life. Rooms were adapted for him in the basement of the hospital and he lived there for the next four years. Treves visited him daily and they developed quite a close friendship. Merrick also received visits from the wealthy ladies and gentlemen of London society.

Merrick died on 11 April 1890, age 27. The official cause of death was asphyxia, although Treves, who dissected the body, said that it was a dislocated neck. He believed that Merick—who had to sleep sitting up, due to the weight of his head—had been attempting to sleep lying down, to “be like other people”. Merrick’s skeleton was preserved and remains in the London Hospital. Although several theories abound, the exact cause of Merrick’s deformities remains a mystery.


June 13th, 2010

Welcome to the newly-designed Mark’s Art Studio! Thanks go to the lovely and talented Janine Stoll for doing such a fantastic job. I’ll be updating the site regularly with new pictures and posts, so check back often, and feel free to leave a message, I’d love to read what you think of the changes.

Graphic Novel ready!

November 18th, 2009

I’d like to remind everyone that my book is already available for pre-sale. All pre-sold books will be personally signed and numbered, so be sure to get your order in early!

Visit my STORE page to make your purchase, It’s the first item on the list. Thanks, Mark

My graphic novel has gone to print!

November 11th, 2009

My graphic novel has gone to print!!! You guys can help me out by pre-ordering your copy today. Visit my STORE page to make your purchase, It’s the first item on the list.


Statler’s Show ends

November 5th, 2009

Hey fans!

I just recently took down my Statler’s Show (boo hoo), and now I find myself stuck with a Living Room full of paintings I never expected to see again. So, I’d like to make them available to you guys for a HUGE discount. They’re priced at $300 each, and even THAT’s negotiable. Visit my STORE page to make your purchase, they’re the first items on the list.


Zombie Prom story

November 2nd, 2009

There’s a great story in BlogTO about the Zombie Prom, complete with pictures of me doing my magic! Check it out HERE

As always, thanks for your continued interest and support!

Zombie makeup and other things…

November 1st, 2009

Zombie Prom 2009

Zombie Prom 2009

It’s been a while since my last post, but rest-assured I’ve been very busy. I just finished writing my first graphic novel which should be available in mid-late November. I’ll keep you posted on the specific date once I know for sure, but in the meantime you can click HERE to get a preview of the artwork.

I’ve also been busy during the Halloween season doing zombie makeup for a few events. I’ve posted the images in a new gallery under Body Art, or just click HERE.

As always, thanks for your continued interest and support!

Live Paintings

June 11th, 2009

Last week’s painting of Sue and Dwight went extremely well, and I expect tonight’s painting of Corin Raymond to be something special as well. If you’re in Toronto, come on by the Cameron House from 6-8pm to see the show! It’s at 408 Queen Street West, just west of Spadina.

Live Painting at The CamHo

June 3rd, 2009

As part of my Cameron House show I’ll be painting some of the performers this month, so be sure to come out and watch a Live Painting in action. The dates are tentatively as follows:

Sue and Dwight – Sat. June 6th, 3:30-6pm
Corin Raymond and the Sundowners, Thursday June 11th, 6-8pm
The Cameron Family Singers – Sat. June 13th, 6-8pm