Mark Hearld was born in 1974. He studied illustration at Glasgow School of Art followed by an MA in Natural History Illustration at the Royal College of Art. Godfrey & Watt gave Mark his first exhibition in 2001.
His work is based on his observations of the natural world, influenced by mid twentieth century Neo-Romanticism and the gaiety of 1930s Modernism. He is inspired by British artists such as Eric Ravilious, John Piper and Edward Bawden. Mark's practice extends across painting, collage, ceramics, sculpture and print. His long-standing collaborations with Simon Lewin from St.Judes have extended to exclusive designs for wallpaper and fabrics.
As part of a major refurbishment of York City Art Gallery Mark was commissioned to curate one of the new galleries for the opening in 2015. He transformed the upper gallery into a his vision of a Lumber Room, inspired by a story of that name by Saki. The installation was a glorious combination of objects and artefacts selected from the museum's store, specially created pieces by Mark, items from his own extensive collection and pieces commissioned from fellow artists. Initially intended to be on show for 9 months, it proved to be so popular that it remained on show for nearly 2 years. Mark has recently curated the rehang of the British Folk Collection at Compton Verney.