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Mark Demsteader

Born in: 1963

United Kingdom

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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  • Painting

  • Painting Portrait

  • Painting Oil

  • British Artist

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Mark Demsteader, Moorland 3, Painting

Mark Demsteader

Moorland 3, 2013
45.3 x 34.6 x 2 inch


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