Mark Stopforth

My work over the past twenty years has been devoted to those landscapes that are associated with the untamed and wild landscapes that can be found in the Moors, Fens, Fells and Estuaries of Britain. I have carried those impressions of the sublime in the landscape that were left on me as a child growing up in the Fens of East Anglia, impressions that are still relevant to my work today. It is this sense of the liminal landscape that persists. A line between two worlds, given its focal point in the horizon. It is also something I keenly feel and anticipate when the first marks of charcoal, pencil or paint are made on the paper, that I am breaking into another plane or perceptual depth, this “liminal” space which is so important to the work.

My influences are many and varied and include the calligraphic paintings of Cy Twombly, the tonal ink paintings of Hosagawa Tohaku and the landscapes of Constable, Claude, Cottman and Turner. I have exhibited work around the country, most notably on a number of occasions at the RWA, Bristol as well as being shortlisted for SKY’s Landscape Artist of the Year 2016, I was also a finalist for TOAST’s “works from the heart” 2017. I have also been successful as a published poet being shortlisted for the Brit Writers’ Award 2012 and winning Fleeting Magazines International Best Short Writing 2010.

“Eternity…where life is boundless in its duration and love in its sympathy, a joy in its fullness. It was a sea stretching into infinity…. (Emily Bronte from “notes on the moor”)

“Mark Stopforth’s work captured me from the first. The delicate relationship between expression, fluidity and order is one that occupies me in the searches of my own work, and in encounters with art that moves me. Mark is one of those rare artists able to balance these qualities with quiet precision, calibrating his affect exactly to the point at which its reach should cease, leaving a clear space in the ether where we can take up and build with the strands that he has placed so carefully. Only in this way can landscapes draw themselves in mind, and draw us to look outwards again, anew. This is art that leads us away from its own self-effacing fluency to a world that floats above it all, always forming before our eyes, imprinted long after the fact.” (Jim Aitchison - Jim is a contemporary visual composer who has created performances and visual scores around the country, most notably in alliance with Tate Modern and Tate St.Ives, and is a lecturer at Falmouth University.)



Gallery Images ( from left) 

  • “…Ascension (the north face)…01.11.22” (oil, chalk and pencil on paper. 42x30cm)
  • “…stormfall…08.11.22” (oil, chalk and pencil on paper 29x29cm)
  • “…in the afterglow of the storm…01.12.22” (oil, chalk and pencil on paper 42x30cm) 
  • “…witness VI…26.10.22” (oil, chalk and pencil on paper 60x42cm)