York based artist Mark Hearld (b. 1974) studied Illustration at Glasgow College of Art, going on to complete an MA at the Royal College of Art in Natural History Illustration. Working across various mediums such as collage, lithographic prints, painting, linocut prints and ceramics, Hearld’s work is also available on printed fabrics and textiles. His work is influenced by the natural environment, the British countryside and wildlife. The fruitful and fertile depictions of the flora and fauna are portrayed through vibrant colour and playful illustration and design, following his influence of mid-twentieth century art and design and 1930’s modernism.
Hearld has exhibited at Aldeburgh Gallery in Suffolk, the Scottish Gallery in Edinbrugh, Godfrey and Watt in Harrogate, St. Jude’s in Norfolk, and most recently at York Art Gallery. His solo exhibition entitled The Lumber Room: Unimagined Treasures contained Hearld’s paintings, collages and painted ceramics presented alongside historic objects and artworks such as taxidermy and pottery from York Museums Trust collection. As well as illustrating Nicola Davies A First Book of Nature and designing a limited range of bags, fabrics, mugs and greeting cards for Tate Britain, Hearld’s distinguished style was spotted by the producers of the children’s film Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang. His signature technique and portrayal of the natural world led to Hearld designing the farmhouse set for the hit film.
Mark Hearld now works from his studio at Pica Studios in York.