Mark Stuart

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Resistance

Glass Cube Gallery 
14 Nov to 25 Feb


Sculpture by Mark Stuart that embraces the European sensibility of marble. All pieces are made by hand, as a rejection against the quasi-industrial processes of sculpting. His art is about curiosity for the world and a certain resistance to precepts.

 

Overreaction

Cube Gallery
27 Jan to 25 Feb

 

Mark Stuart's misophonia has led him to look at his own reaction to the world with more intention. These paintings are a layered response to stillness and movement, apathy and energy, sound and silence. Light is disrupted and the possibility of chance becomes a driving force.

Mark Stuart is a figurative sculptor and abstract painter. His new exhibition at Frankston Arts Centre is a survey of three decades of his work, tracing his time in Italy and France and his return to Australia. Stuart's misophonia has led him to look at his own reaction to the world with more intention. His paintings are a layered response to stillness and movement, apathy and energy, sound and silence. Light is disrupted and the possibility of chance becomes a driving force. His sculpture embraces the European sensibility of marble. His pieces are made mostly by hand, as a rejection against the quasi-industrial processes of sculpting. His art is about curiosity for the mysteries of the world and a certain resistance to social expectations. Mark grew up in Beaumaris and moved to Sydney in 1978 determined to be a sculptor. He became associated with the leading Sydney artists of the time, using Brett Whiteley’s studio in Waverton for a year and purchasing Joel Ellenberg’s sculpting tools. In 1983, on the advice of Ellenberg, Stuart moved to Carrara, Italy, to carve monumental sculptures by hand. Carrara was the centre of marble sculpture in Europe and laid the foundation for acquiring timeless techniques and a European sensibility towards the beauty of marble. Mark Stuart lived in France for thirty years and has exhibited widely in France, Italy, America and the United Kingdom. His work is in numerous important private collections and he was a finalist in the 1992 Wynne Prize. He returned to live in Australia in 2014. - Art Consultant Rodney Knight

 

Artist Work: L to R:
Mark Stuart, Portrait 30 x 20 x 14 statuario, Sky fell in 63 x 50 x 30 black carrara marble, The Wrong Man 240 x 50 x 40 ordinario carrara marble (detail)