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Mark Demsteader

Born in 1963 - United Kingdom

BIOGRAPHY

Named by the Daily Telegraph as ‘One of Britain’s best-selling figurative painters’, Mark Demsteader was born and remains in Manchester and over a long a illustrious career has a built up a huge following internationally, including a long list of celebrity clients, namely Emma Watson, who famously sat for a portrait series by the artist in 2011. With his preferred mediums of charcoal, pastel and oil, Demsteader has immense technical ability which has grown from close observation of the human form from life drawing.

His drawing have won multiple awards including The Lyceum Prize and the coveted Sidney Andrews Scholarship, and through his very contemporary reimagining of the portrait, he has renewed interest in traditional life drawing and classic figurative paintings amongst art collectors worldwide. Due to their scarcity, the value of his original paintings are outstanding, ranging from £20,000 to £50,000.

Using life models, his figurative drawings often depict the head, thorough in detail, and paying careful attention to every attribute on the subject’s face. The rest of the image is left experimental as he abstracts the figure into merely a few lines, leaving the canvas seemingly unfinished. In contrast to his drawings, Demsteader paintings do not have open space and are filled with rich textures, bold colour, and heavy movement. His figures are very soft, delicate creatures, which are placed in a harsh, often overbearing backgrounds – adding an alluring sense of mystery to each piece.

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EXHIBITIONS

2015

London Art Fair 2015

The Art for Art’s Sake Show

LAPADA Art and Antiques Fair

2014

Hampstead Affordable Art Fair 2014

Mark Demsteader, Marianela

Mark Demsteader, Studies 2014

Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair 2014

2013

London Art Fair 2013

20/21 International Art Fair 2013

Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong, 2013

2012

On a Grand Scale at Cork Street

Mark Demsteader, Paintings

London Art Fair, 2012

2011

Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead 2011

Affordable Art Fair 2011, Singapore

Art London, 2011

Mark Demsteader 2011, Emma

The London Art Fair 2011, Islington

2010

Art London Show 2010

Panter and Hall, Artists of Fame and Promise 2010

Panter and Hall, Mark Demsteader 2010

Panter and Hall, Mixed Exhibition of Artists working at the gallery

The Figurative Show

2009

Panter and Hall, Mark Demsteader 2009

2008

Mark Demsteader and Donald Hamilton Fraser RA

Richard Thorn 2008

2007

Panter and Hall, Mark Demsteader 2007

The London Affordable Fair, 2007

2006

Panter and Hall, Christmas Show 2006.

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