'Moving towards the 'Unknown' with Mark Fleming

'Moving towards the 'Unknown' with Mark Fleming

March 19, 2020

Mark Fleming is an illustrator/artist working in Dublin. He draws stylised images on a range of subjects, including his hometown, Dublin. His style is loosely abstract and expressionist, sometimes dealing with social or environmental issues. Most of the artworks he produces are done digitally, and is experimenting with a mixed medium of digital and acrylic. Mark has recently had his first exhibition in The Ireland Institute, Dublin.


What initially drew you towards becoming an artist?

My father was a commercial artist and he had a lot of books and stuff lying around, so I was exposed to visual art early on. I think I also inherited his love of art as well.

How would you describe your own personal style?

If I have a style at all I suppose it could be considered semi-abstract. I love 'modern' expressionism. I'd like to see if that style can develop into, I don't know, the 'unknown' : )


What inspires you in your work, is there a driving factor that draws you to the easel?

I'm really just inspired to create for the sake of it, to make something that wasn't there before. Although political issues can sometimes be on my mind. Homelessness, for example.

Could you describe the process behind your art? How do you get from concept to execution?

Concept to execution would be very much a mental doodle to a quick sketch and whatever medium I'm in the mood for. Digital, acrylic, etc.


Could you describe your normal day as an artist? Have you set routines and rituals or is a more a case of when the moment is right you work?

I don't have a strict routine but I love to work late at night, early hours. Unfortunately for my sleep patterns : ) Also, since my mood changes during the day I tend to be working on more than one thing at a time.

How has your art evolved to be where it is today?

I think my work is definitely evolving to a more abstract style.


Which of your artworks are you most proud off?

I don't really have a favourite artwork of my own as I seem to always prefer the one I've just done. One I particularly like though is the sleeping homeless people in the alley that look like rubbish bags. Though that's more for the content than the style.

Is there a fellow artist alive today that you admire? If so, why?

Not alive today, but Jean Michel Basquiat would be an artist whose work I really like. And David Hockney.

If you could travel back in time, is there a particular artistic period / era that you would like to have been involved in?

I'd like to have been around to have a drink with Van Gogh and Gauguin. Just one : )


What challenges do you feel the 21st century artist has to overcome?

I think, for the future, there needs to more acceptance of new technology in creating art. Digital art is a great new medium.

Many people see artists as storytellers or advocates for a cause, do you believe that it is an artist’s responsibility to shine a light on a particular subject / theme, or do you create purely for the sake of expression your creative nature?

I don't think it's the artist's responsibility to shine a light on world issues, but like music, it can often help, as it has an audience.


Have you ever been part of an artistic group / movement? How did your work benefit from that experience?

I've never been part of any movement : )


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