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A Conversation with Mark Demsteader

Published 21 January 2017

Mark Demsteader is one of Panter and Hall's oldest friends. With his upcoming show fast approaching, we thought we would have a chat to him about his paintings and inspirations.

Mark Demsteader - Fallow Lake. Oil on panel 55 x 47 ins

Mark Demsteader - Fallow Lake. Oil on panel 55 x 47 ins

Please could we have some pictures of your studio? 

Do you have a daily routine? 

"Not really it depends on how things are going, if it`s good I`m in there a lot, if not I stay out until I come up with an idea and rush back in. "

What do you listen to while you work, or do you work in silence? 

"Generally nothing but if I`ve got a large canvas to fill I blast out some sounds to get me working fast."

Why do you think that you are drawn to your subject matter?

"I`ve always been into figurative art, and Victorian paintings in particular. I just stumbled into Oldham art gallery one day when I was younger, they have a lovely collection of Victorian art that was donated by wealthy industrialists and suddenly a new world opened up that was a lot better than the one I was in. "

Could you tell us a little about your process? 

"I think it`s just an ongoing search for something that can`t really be found, but I enjoy the process of doing it."

Could you talk us through how your work changed and evolved over time?

"I think when I started I was intent on learning about form and structure and as I’ve gone on I began to add in more abstract ideas of colour and mood."

Mark Demsteader - Dalton II. Pastel and collage 46 x 32 ins

Mark Demsteader - Dalton II. Pastel and collage 46 x 32 ins

Mark Demsteader - Wilderness Study II. Oil on board 32 x 24 ins

Mark Demsteader - Wilderness Study II. Oil on board 32 x 24 ins

What has been the most influential exhibition that you have ever visited?

"Probably the first one at Oldham gallery, I knew straight away what I knew wanted to do."

If you could meet one famous artist, living or dead who would it be and why?

"Rembrandt, just to see him apply paint."

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

We are holding a show of Mark Demsteader's beautiful ‘Drawings’ from the 23 February - 3 March 2017. Please do come and visit and let us know if you would like any further details about the show.

Mark Demsteader - Alana 6. Pastel &  collage 46

Mark Demsteader - Alana 6. Pastel & collage 46" x 32"


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