Mark Coreth

Artist Biography:

Mark Coreth was born in London in 1958 and was immediately dispatched to the family farm in the Kenyan highlands where the Equator ran through the house. Black and white Colobus monkeys leapt amongst the branches in the trees behind the house where leopard and cheetah also lived. This idyllic childhood fostered Mark's early and continuing passion for wildlife.

After prep school in Kenya, Mark attended Ampleforth and on leaving joined The Blues and Royals, serving with the Regiment as a regular officer. He has spent time in England, Cyprus, Germany, Ireland and the Falkland Islands during the 1982 hostilities. On his return to England he was commissioned to make a silver sculpture of his regiment's drum horse "Belisarius", for the Warrant Officer's Mess and later a second cast in bronze became the Household Cavalry's wedding present to The Duke and Duchess of York; his first commission, a taste of many more to come in the following years.

Whilst Mark has had no formal art training his ability is based quite simply on dedication and hard work coupled with an acute and perceptive eye, drawing heavily on experiences gained during his early years in Kenya. Mark's sculptures reflect his instinctive understanding of the moods of the animals he sculpts. He works with extraordinary speed, if the original plasticine or clay fails to speak to him within a couple of hours Mark destroys it and starts again. His trademark loose, impressionist surface and incredible knowledge of the beasts he sculpts helps him capture violence, speed, tranquility and pathos with deceptive ease and he is now internationally recognized as a master sculptor of the animal in motion.

As well as his regular one-man shows at Sladmore Contemporary, Mark shows regularly in Paris and New York. His many monumental commissions include a lifesize piece of two Cheetahs in a tree for the ruling family in Dubai, a lifesize figure for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Leaping Deer and Ram in the City of London and a massive 50 piece fountain at the Natural History Museum. His most spectacular commission to date has been an enormous 16 foot high life-size charging elephant, the subject of a half hour documentary on the Discovery Channel.

Following a visit to the Arctic in 2010 he determined to bring home the fragility of the eco-system through his sculpture. He made an enormous bronze Polar Bear skeleton and encased it in a giant block of ice which he then carved in front of the public. This large ice bear was then allowed to melt on site while people touched it, revealing the
haunting skeleton inside. This project has been created in London’s Trafalgar Square and at climate change conferences in Copenhagen and Ottawa and it is planned for other international locations.

His most recent exhibition at the Sladmore contained sculptures from the Arctic and Africa.

Pair of Meerkats

Bronze, Edition of nine 23 x 13 x -29 cm 9" x 5" x -0' -11 1/-2" (height x length x depth)