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.
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."
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."
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.Share this article