Mark Nelson is an artist,a singer songwriter and a leading rugby coach. His work is now widely becoming recognised for his urban landscape paintings that celebrate his northern roots but also challenge the perception of how people view the cultural and social aspects of 21st century life in England, Judith Nesbitt, Chief Curator at Tate Britain described his work as “ a refreshing representation of the region “.
He has had several recent highly successful one man shows attracting large audiences particularily at “ A Northern View “ his acclaimed exhibition at The Storey in Lancaster. He has undertaken several major commissions including works for Paul Heathcote, the restaurateur, Phillippe St Andre ,Head Coach France Rugby, and other private collectors. His work has featured in regional and national publications including Lancashire Magazine,Lancashire Life and Art of England. The painting “ Milltown “ was used for the The Hollies album “ Then ,Now and Always “ on which he co wrote the title track with drummer Bob Elliott.
He has shown work at many Galleries including The Portico Gallery, Colin Jellicoe Gallery and The Blythe Gallery in Manchester and The Delamore in Devon and Art Deco,Whalley .
Of his work he says “ My paintings represent a vision of the country which is on one hand bright and vibrant yet is also coming to terms with industrial and technological progress and changes in its cultural and socio economic framework.I see paradox almost everywhere “. Bob Elliott described Marks work as “ Beauty and the Beast in perfect harmony “