Mark Welland

Has a BA Hons in Graphic Design and Illustration from Birmingham Polytechnic. He is an award winning artist who has created illustrations and artworks both commercially and for the public. He works in a variety of mediums and has pieces in public and private collections. He revels in producing work that at its heart has a ‘Hero’. 

So what is a Hero? 
In his work the Hero is a theme, style, subject matter, idea or method that lays at the heart of a collection. It is central to and defines the finished piece. It brings focus to a subject and creates a level of engagement that becomes a personal connection. 

Mark’s ongoing study ‘Symmetrees’ creates a hero of an oak tree.

There are many ancient trees in and around the beautiful Weald of Kent. Like the Badsell Oak Tree, some are isolated within a farmed field. Over the a period of 2 years, Mark has been interpreting the Badsell Oak Tree, capturing it at different times of the day and in unusual and atmospheric weather conditions.

It’s a unique and on-going study of a remarkable piece of English nature. Badsell Park Farm (originally named Bog Hole) is believed to have been a hunting lodge for the English Tudor King, Henry VIII.

The Symmetrees collection explores the light, moods and layouts that take the oak tree beyond the literal and create a delicate visualisation of a truly massive object.

Mark has produced unique 'one of a kind' Symmetree pieces exclusively for the Gallery.

COLLECTIONS:
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust

AWARDS :
2014 The Sylvia Tiffin Award for Creativity and Imagination
The September Art Show

Commissions available.

During the spring of 2016 the Badsell Oak Tree fell shattering many of its limbs under the enormous pressure. Through the techniques that Mark has applied fragments of the Oak Tree are now preserved as natural sculptural pieces. Click here to view Mark's sculptural work.

 

New SYMMETREE collection - presented in stunning hand crafted frames created from the wood of the Badsell Oak Tree, skilfully preserved using an ancient Japanese scorching technique.

 

Rising Sun in Umber

Print on paper in resin
Oak frame crafted from the tree
Frame finished in shou sugi ban and gold leaf
150 x 90cm

 

The Black and White Symmetrees use tones and multiple exposures borrowed from Cubism to create atmospheric, graphite drawing like, delicate structures:

 

Symmetree - Tesla’s Vision I
Print on paper in resin with tin leaf
Graphite frame
78 x 78cm


Symmetree - Tesla’s Vision II
Print on paper in resin with tin leaf
Graphite frame
78 x 78cm

 

'Symmetree - Approaching Perihelion'

Size: 172x36cm
Set in resin and framed with charcoal created from the Symmetree Oak

 
What is Perihelion?
Each body in our solar system takes an elliptical journey around the sun. This path is offset, meaning the sun is not in the centre. This offset means that each year as a body like the earth orbits its star, it has one point furthest away from the sun (aphelion) and one point closest, known as perihelion. 
Perihelion for the earth is generally around the 3rd January. In the northern hemisphere this coincides with our winter, which as you’ve probably guessed, has proven to be my favourite time to capture the architecture of the Symmetree Oak. 
‘Symmetree – Approaching Perihelion’ has been created from a single photograph taken with a low sun emerging through the mist. The photograph was composed by placing the sun to one side of the frame. By duplicating and flipping the image in two directions and putting the sun in the centre of the finished piece, it creates a dynamic relationship between the tree and the sun. 
The importance of this relationship cannot be understated. It has been one of the major contributors for both allowing life on Earth to flourish and a cornerstone of our own technology. Knowing that there have been annual rhythmic cycles for millions of years could perhaps make us feel complacent about the ability of the earth to carry on its journey forever.
Perihelion may only happen once a year, and will pass without you neccessarily experiencing it. So make the most of any day with sunshine by stepping outside and finding the shade of a tree. Then take a look up through the branches and consider in awe, one of the spectacular natural cycles that have created our beautiful but fragile home.