12 July 2021

Mark Jessett: ‘Magic Forest’

Abstract artwork containing brightly-coloured brushstrokes and shapes
Mark Jessett: ‘Magic Forest’, acrylic on paper

We’re delighted to feature an image by Ashburton artist Mark Jessett as Devonstream’s latest cover artwork.

Mark Jessett is an artist specialising in works on paper. He was born in Oxford and studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths’ College, London. He is co-founder of contemporary art group N-E-W, staging occasional art events and exhibitions in Ashburton, Devon, where he lives and works.

Working in acrylic on carefully selected papers, which are pasted to board, he overlays paint in very fine films, often with shimmering metallics and flat solids, to explore relationships between colour, surface texture, translucency and opacity.

Predominently non-representational and often playful, the feel of the work is guided by an appreciation for early 20th century children’s illustration, stylized representations of magic and the esoteric in print, outdated presentations in local museums, and folkloric artefacts and symbols.

Find out more about Mark and see more of his work at https://www.markjessett.com/.