I am a Sydney-based caricature artist and enjoy doing ‘serious’ caricature portrait work. I find working in pastels the best medium for my work and have recently had a ‘how to’ article published in Exaggerated Features – the magazine of the International Caricaturists Society.
Mark Tippett began life as a commercial artist, working in advertising layout and design before graphic design and art direction. He paints and draws portraits: his self-styled approach, irreverent, aligning to the art of caricature. He has entered the Archibald Prize three times, and a six-times finalist in its more laconic partner, the celebrated Bald Archy Prize. Subjects for the Archibald have included dual Olympic gold medallist sports shooter, Michael Diamond, Prof Gordian Fulde from Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital and champion marathon swimmer, Susie Maroney.
Mark works as a commissioning artist (as well as live work at occasional functions and events). He is in his final year of a Fine Arts degree and also teaches art classes to all ages. Clients include the Sydney Art School, Art Gallery of NSW and high schools and community groups.His impressionist work focuses on the essence of face, using gestural mark making to capture the image in impastoed lines and contours with fauvist-style complementary colours and experimenting with built up oil glazes. He wants to create awareness to the viewer of complexities of personality and colourful deftness of character: seeking images of pop art icons or those people less widely known. Influences include Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud, André Derain, Ben Quilty and Adam Cullen.
We share our beautiful planet with a host of other very beautiful creatures. Because they cannot speak, because we cannot communicate with them we usually treat them like things, like objects without feelings and needs and fears and hurts and joys. This blindness is a curse.
I paint and draw animals accurately and without enhancement as an expression of love. I choose not to use false colors or busy backgrounds because that would take us into the realm of imagination and I think we need to see animals for what they really are - glorious, beautiful expressions of the growing sentience of the universe.
To achieve this realism, I use materials and media best suited to the purpose and my skills - pencil, watercolor, and most of all, pastels. With pencil I achieve definition and contrast, whilst pastels allow more nuance and subtlety.
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