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Here is the latest edition of Behind the Art with Mark Southern
In this fifteenth edition we talk with artist Mark Southern from the United Kingdom.
Where do you find continued inspiration?
Just from all around me, in life and nature.
As I used to be figurative in my art, I tend now to lean more to abstract, but occasionally return to my old ways.
Abstract allows me freedom with colour and forms.
As for artists, that inspire me, I come from the same area as the painters Theodore Major and L. S Lowry came from and I do get inspired by the darkness in their work, especially Major’s work.
What do you hope to achieve?
To be classed as a professional artist and sometimes sculptor.
I think I would love the opportunity to be able to earn a living and being remembered at doing what I love most in my life… Art.
What are your struggles?
To find sponsors or art champions.
To find an art body or patron that could help me through my difficulties.
Like being able to live on my meagre budget as I can hardly afford food some days, never mind art supplies.
So I sometimes just don’t bother eating some days, and wear clothes either given or bought from charity shops as cheap as possible. But I rarely buy clothes.
The Art and food and yes bills come first.
Have you achieved what you want?
No not as yet.
I really want to get exhibited, as this is the first step to get noted among the art world.
More recognition as an artist, I think is key to it all.
I think social media helps quite a bit, but it won’t do it all.
How did you achieve your success?
Still working on this.
As for successes, getting more accomplished in my artwork it self and becoming more professional on your approach is one success you could say, but the art should speak and sell itself I think.
Is there anything else you would like to share about your story?
Just that like many artists. There are many barriers to get over.
It seems like one obstacle after another and I’ll admit I’ve felt like quitting art altogether but I love to create and sometimes it seems art, is all I have…
I’ve thought and still thinking of starting a fine art education at college but even this seems like a barrier, to my ambition, but like I said:
Art is all I seem to have.