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Mark Petty’s screen prints aim to promote sustainability in art, following his awareness of the increased plastic pollution in our oceans during scuba diving and surfing trips. Mark recycles plastic that was due to go to landfill sites, carefully blending the material to create what would then be his medium for ‘Ocean Life Limited Edition’. Today, we get an insight ‘Inside the Studio’ of Mark, who was due to exhibit at our postponed London edition of The Other Art Fair…
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Tell us a little bit about yourself and your creative practice. How did you first learn about screen printing as a medium?
Mostly known as just Petty. Half Irish, half English, East London-born and London-based self taught artist. I’ve spent the last 22 years in dirty advertising, knowing that I really wanted to be was an artist which I felt I had left behind at school & college. Leave a very comfortable life behind and pursue your dreams? Why not!
I got back into screen printing about 5/6 years ago by doing a beginners course at Sonsoles studios in Peckham London and I’ve never looked back! it was great getting away from the soulless digital world that I was living in and getting dirty with real paints, with successes whilst also making lots of mistakes!! It took me a good 5 years of hard graft and two TOAF’s whilst holding down my 9-5 at the same time, to finally have the courage to give up my job, but I did! I got my first studio in February 2020, I picked a right year to go full time!! but to be honest, there are worse problems, on the whole it’s been amazing, I love the quote “An artist cannot fail, it’s a success to be one…”!
How has your personal connection with the ocean (a water sports enthusiast I believe!) influenced your creative practice?
What does the use of gold leaf / gilding represent in your works?
What message do you want your audience to take away from your works about sustainability?
Finally, what have you been working on lately?
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