Mark Holden, 'Highland Glen,' Oil on Canvas
Sproson Gallery is thrilled to announce the opening of our 2022 Winter Exhibition on Saturday, 10 December, 2022. The show will feature Mark Holden: A 20-Year Retrospective, displaying works by Scottish impressionistic painter Mark Holden to celebrate his twentieth year as a professional artist. Also included in the exhibition will be works by Margaret Evans, Elena Guillaumin, Penelope Anstice, Jenny Matthews, Linda Paton, and Yvonne Hair among others.
After a career in sales and marketing, Mark was fortunate to be able to follow his interest in painting and begin his professional career in 2002. He is known for his depictions of St Andrews, many of which are held in private collections in the UK and abroad. Mark also teaches at various art clubs around Scotland and on Fred Olsen Line cruises across the globe. In addition, he leads art and photography holiday groups to Italy, Spain, and Morocco for Edinburgh-based Flavours Holidays. He previously led residential Art Weeks in Inchnadamph Hotel near Loch Assynt in the Highlands.
Mark paints primarily in oils, creating his pieces with both a brush and palette knife, but also enjoys working in watercolour. He is a great fan of the Colourist and the Impressionist artistic movements, both of which have strongly influenced his own painting style. His subjects range from Scottish seascapes to Venetian architecture, with wild poppies and the Fife coast being particular favourites. More recently, he has enjoyed depicting the grandeur of classic cars and the lively activity of skiing scenes. One of his most enduring preferred subjects, however, has been the West Sands of St Andrews, where his painting career started.
For a chance to meet Mark while enjoying the exhibition and toasting the festive season, join us on Saturday, 10 December, from 3-5pm! Those unable to make it on Saturday are invited to visit us at their own convenience from 10 December to 3 January. We are located at 138 South Street, St Andrews, KY16 9EQ and open from Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-1pm and 1:30pm-5pm.