Mark Hearld is a York-based artist and designer known for his prints and collages
inspired by his love for the beauty of the British countryside and its wildlife.
I have been a fan of Mark's work for a while, and would love to be able to visit
Birds and Beasts, his ongoing exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
(love his lettering, by the way)
Hearld studied illustration at Glasgow College of Art and natural history illustration
at the Royal College of Art. Now a successful and prolific artist, he exhibits around the UK,
and receives design commissions ranging from movie sets to fabrics and ceramics.
"The briefest glance around Mark Hearld’s York flat tells you that this is the home
of an artist, an animal lover and, clearly, a hoarder". (BBC Homes and Antiques, 2010)
I appreciate all these qualities, and also love the fact that Mark somehow reminds me
of many other quintessentially British things and people I love...
This was a very productive year for Hearld: among other projects, he illustrated the children's book
A First Book of Nature, his first wallpaper Harvest Hare received the Elle Decoration British Design Award,
and Merrell published his first monograph, the gorgeous Work Book.
This latest show features collages in hand-painted frames,
wooden animals decorated by hand, ceramics, limited edition lithographs,
linocuts, and a collection of found objects.
Hearld always works closely with skilled craftsmen to realise his ideas,
and for this event he has collaborated with a Stoke-based mould maker
to produce a series of limited edition ceramic hares.
Birds and Beasts runs until the 17th of February,
if you make it there let me know how it was!