A British figurative artist born in 1963 in Manchester
This week 25th Jan 12 my art classes (David Ochiltree Art Classes) used stirring, Mark Demsteader image, as an inspiration this week making their own artwork using charcoal.
Mark Demsteader http://demsteader.com/www.demsteader.com/home.html
Born in Manchester in 1963, Mark’s formative years were spent in Manchester’s meat market at his father’s family butchery and meat-packing business. Mark learnt about the structure of sinew, bone, and flesh at the butchery business.
Mark completed two foundation courses: at Oldham and then Rochdale Colleges of Art. With no prospects as a figurative painter, Mark returned to work at his father’s wholesale butchery, Mark continued to attend life classes throughout the next ten years.
In the early 1990s the family business went into recession and Mark was decided to find a commercial outlet for his artwork. He took a job as an art technician at an Oldham grammar school for ten years whilst building his art portfolio. During a short course at the Slade School of Fine Art Slade School of Fine Art he toured the London galleries with his art portfolio, but with Brit Art in the ascendency he found drawing out of favour. Eventually, a gallery in Greenwich offered him space in a mixed show where he sold six art works.
In 1997 he became a founder member of the Neomodern Art Group founded by Guy Denning Guy Denning.. He has held an annual solo exhibition with Panter & Hall in the West End of London since 2004. He is now represented in Daikanyama, Japan by Art Obsession.