These new works continue Mark Godwin’s study of coastal landscape, driven by his proximity to the sea, living in St Leonards, East Sussex. Godwin has a fascination with the intervention of the sea with the shoreline, and in particular how the local architecture and general marine apparatus has become weathered and eroded by the coastal climate. Also a re-occurring theme in Mark's work is the romantic idea of The Sublime, a notion strongly associated with the sea and coastline.
Godwin does not consider himself a topographical artist nor indeed are his paintings site specific. His work is not about showing natural representations, or even specific moments in time. He is interested in shapes and colours and painterly mark-making as visual metaphors, evoking an idea of landscape or creating feelings about a possible experience within the space. The multiplicity of associations within the composition makes viewing Godwin’s work unique to each individual.
Mark Godwin was born in Birmingham in 1957, studied at Central College of Art, then the Royal College of Art in London graduating in 1982 with a MA in Printmaking. Afterwards, Mark worked for several years as a copperplate printer and plate-maker at various London print publishing studios. For many years now, there is now a strong bias in Mark's work towards painting, both on canvas and paper. Mark has an assured way of handling paint, and a mature confidence in his subject matter. His print making activity nowadays is centred on making small suites of unique mono-prints.
Mark Godwin has exhibited regularly both here in the UK and abroad, including numerous International Art Fairs. His work features in many corporate art collections and is purchased by various private collectors worldwide.