Approved: 16.08.2006

Mark Milnes

Artist, Curator, Gallerist, Event organiser, Arts development worker, Gallery educator

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Approved: 16.08.2006

Mark Milnes creates work which is usually abstract and geometric, and demonstrates an interest in the interrelation of bold, simple shapes. His images and forms are usually composed of similar or identical forms repeated in rhythmical progression.
He has created work in a variety of media since graduating in 1995, and is currently engaged with drawing in pencil and charcoal; oil paintings; screenprinting;

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  • Location: Mirfield, Yorkshire
  • Activities: Workshops, Curating, Events management, Studio practice
  • Categories: Painting, Sculpture
  • Tags: geometric, abstract
 

Biography

Mark Milnes creates work which is usually abstract and geometric, and demonstrates an interest in the interrelation of bold, simple shapes. His images and forms are usually composed of similar or identical forms repeated in rhythmical progression. He has created work in a variety of media since graduating in 1995, and is currently engaged with drawing in pencil and charcoal; oil paintings; screenprinting; and mild steel sculpture. All of this work is linked by its concern with simple geometry and repetition. Mark's sculptural work has made use of scrap materials either found or sourced cheaply from local suppliers. Often the shapes used require little intervention or alteration: off-cuts from laser cutting processes have sufficient interest to make them ideal for use in artworks. The work rarely makes intentional reference to the world around us: however, titles are often suggested (e.g. 'Serpent', 'Figure') by the artwork which suggest representational intent. For the most part, literal reference is made only to other artwork: Sir Anthony Caro's early sculptures have been a key influence, as has the work of artists such as Mary Martin, Bridget Riley and Richard Deacon. Mark studied at Sculpture at Bretton Hall College and Art History at the Open University. He is an associate member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and a member of the Yorkshire Sculptors Group. He currently works as Exhibitions Coordinator at Batley Art Gallery, whilst also managing his own community interest company, Creative Arts Hub.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2007 - Mark Milnes: Artworks, Upper Gallery @ Cherished, Otley 2007 - Paintings, Drawings and Relief Sculptures by Mark Milnes, Sleepers, Huddersfield 2004 - Hans Price Gallery, Weston-super-Mare 2001 - Batley Art Gallery 2001 - Lawrence Batley Theatre Pianola Bars 2000 - Paintings and sculpture by Mark Milnes, Lawrence Batley Centre for the National Arts Education Archive, Wakefield 1999 - Paintings and sculpture by Mark Milnes, Stables Gallery, London Group exhibitions 2011 - 13 Moons, Yorkshire Sculptors Group, Batley Art Gallery, Batley 2011 - Showcase, Dewsbury Art Wall, Dewsbury Library, Dewsbury 2010 - Away from Home, Gallery 49, Bridlington 2010 - Great North Art Show, Ripon Cathedral, Ripon 2010 - Group 7 Leeds Fine Artists, Millyard Gallery, Uppermill 2010 - HOST open studios, WYPW, Mirfield 2009 - Collaborate!, WYPW, Mirfield 2009 - Fine Art Now, Batley Art Gallery, Batley 2009 - Fine Art Now, Yorkshire Craft Centre, Bradford 2009 - Great North Art Show, Ripon Cathedral, Ripon 2009 - HOST open studios, WYPW, Mirfield 2009 - United, WYPW, Mirfield 2008 - Collaborate!, South Square, Bradford 2008 - HOST open studios, WYPW, Mirfield 2007 - HOST open studios, West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Mirfield 2006 - Leeds Art Fair, The Light, Leeds 2006 - The Great Art Fair, Alexandra Palace, London 2005 - Group exhibition, Calder Gallery, Hebden Bridge 2005 - Group exhibition, The Art House, Westbourne 2005 - HOST:05, Park View Studios, Huddersfield 2005 - Ripple Art Fair, Marsden Mechanics Institute, Marsden 2004 - 30x30, Artworks-MK, Milton Keynes 2004 - National Society of Painters, Sculptors and Printmakers, Atrium Galleries, London 2003 - Sound and Vision, Henshaws Arts and Crafts, Knaresborough 2002 - Castle Gallery, Richmond, North Yorkshire 2001 - Tripping the Light Fantastic, Henshaws Arts and Crafts, Knaresborough 1999 - Art Apartment @ Ottaways, Harrogate 1999 - Eastthorpe Gallery, Mirfield 1998 - Lupton Square Gallery, Honley 1998 - Visual Assault, Winter Galleries, London 1996 - Ceramics by Janet West and Mark Milnes, Brunswick Gallery, Pudsey