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I am a self-employed artist painter, making works on canvas and paper as well as large scale wall paintings of birds in public places. I have worked as a painter since leaving art college. My work is mostly concerned with the natural world in all its beauty, complexity and variety. I also have a great interest in mythology and its concern with our place in the world and the other creatures in it.
Frith Wood Kent
Paintings made in the beautiful and mysterious Frith Wood in Kent, in different seasons and weather conditions, aiming to capture the atmosphere and light of the particular moment
Monkeys and Men
‘Monkeys and Men’
By Mark Wydler
These paintings of monkeys are depicted alongside Mandalas, which are pictorial symbols of the universe and also function as maps of the inner mind, being used in meditation to help gain access to unconscious realms. The Mandala can therefore also be seen as a symbol of the unseen, the yet to be discovered potential.
‘94%’ is a painting of a Rhesus monkey used in scientific experiments which has had the top of its skull removed to enable scientific instruments to be implanted to measure its responses. The justification given for this type of behaviour is the search for cures for human diseases and illnesses.
If the brains of primates are as similar to ours to warrant experiments being performed upon them to find cures for our ailments, it is reasonable to assume that they also suffer as we do.
Juxtaposed with the rhesus monkey is a Jain map of the cosmos. Jainism is a religion of absolute respect for all other life, to the extent that devotees sweep the floor before them to avoid causing harm to other living things. This attitude is contrasted with the contemporary use of the millions of animals which are kept in bleak conditions and subjected to painful and distressing experiments in scientific research centres.
The ‘Treatment Rooms’ expresses the idea that there are different ways of looking at human health, where the health of the spirit is as important as that of the physical body. The Mandala is shown alongside a modern hospital, representing our society’s focus on the physical.
‘98%’: Chimpanzees are so closely akin to us, sharing more than 98% of their DNA, that some scientists think they should belong in the same genus as Homo sapiens. So the question of where we begin and they end is somewhat blurred. The chimpanzee is shown alongside a Mandala to express the idea that we really do not know what is happening within the mind of this creature.
How can it be justifiable to cause immense pain and suffering to highly intelligent sentient beings in the name of the greater good of humanity, but by doing so immeasurably to demean our own humanity by the pain and distress we cause to others?
So much the better to look for the roots of our chronic modern diseases and illnesses in our own behaviour towards our environment, its pollution and poisoning, and find the solutions and cures by rectifying that.
Some drawings of my friend Leo done from life
Recent drawings of owls
Here's a drawing for a street art painting I've just finished and another for one that's yet to come
Barn Owl street art on South Acton Estate
One of a series of paintings of birds that used to live in this area and perhaps could again with some nice habitat reclaimed from the urban sprawl
Street art of birds in South Acton, London
Qualifications & Certifications
BA hons Fine Art Sheffield Hallam University
School of constant drawing
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