MARK SOFILAS

Mark Sofilas was born in Western Australia in 1961.

After obtaining his diploma in graphic design (specialising in illustration), Mark began his professional career in 1981 as a freelance artist. He has worked in the advertising, publishing and editorial industries in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. Having worked as an illustrator/artist for over 20 years, Mark relocated to the UK in 2008 where he now paints full time from his studio in Leeds.

Mark’s paintings are inspired by the idiosyncrasies of the northern English & Scottish countryside, bringing to his work the perspective of someone who originates from a very different landscape. Mark works primarily in oils and enjoys exploring textures, colour and the intrinsic geometry of the natural world. His use of colour is bold, direct and challenges the viewer to consider familiar landscape in a very different way.

In his own words "My paintings are very heavily guided by the emotions a particular scene or moment evokes in me. It’s this feeling that I try to convey to the viewer. It might be something as simple as smoke drifting from a chimney pot or silhouette created by a particular light source. It may be the strength or history, which emanates from an everyday object or piece of architecture. By exaggerating colour, manipulating perspective slightly & pushing shape & form, I arrive, hopefully, at a nicely balanced place, where the image created has not only captured the physical qualities of the scene, but more importantly, the feeling of the occasion."

Mark is an exhibiting member of the Leeds Fine Art Club and his work is shown & sold in galleries throughout the UK. www.marksofilasart.com

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