Mark Woollacott Marine Artist

Mark Woollacott

About Me

I am a professional marine artist based in North Devon, South West England. I was born in the mid sixties and I have been painting maritime scenes for many years. My marine paintings range from paintings of small sailing yachts, Falmouth Quay punts, gaff sail cutters and classic schooners to large modern J Class yachts and state-of-the-art America's Cup racing catamarans.

classic boat sailing

Formal Training

Art & Design, North Devon College 1982-1983

As a full time studio-based artist, I am often drawn by the aesthetics of a subject. Whenever I see something that is visually interesting, such as a beautiful yacht, a harbour, or a building, I will try to capture that subject as perfectly as I can onto canvas (using photographs or a sketch as a reference aid) and include as much detail as is necessary, paying particular attention to the quality of the light and to the colours within the scene, until I am satisfied that I have produced a convincing artistic interpretation. A painting, painted with acrylic paints, can take me anywhere between three to six weeks to complete, depending on the size of the painting and the amount of detail required.

My paintings have featured on online publications such as Classic Boat Magazine and Yachting Monthly Magazine. I have donated artwork to The Prince's Trust and my paintings have been exhibited at various exhibitions, including a major London Art Fair held at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park and gallery representation at Windsor. Most of my artworks are now in private collections in the United Kingdom, but there are also a number of my originals and prints in small private collections in The Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Norway, USA, and in Australia.

My recent marine paintings have been inspired and based on my own reference photographs and on the photography of two well-known professional photographers, Nic Compton (author of The Shipping Forecast) and Alex Irwin. Both have captured images of some of the most elegant and historically-important yachts in the world and have captured the amazing atmosphere, beauty, and drama of yacht racing through their photography.

A few of my paintings have been featured in a book written by Robin Whitcomb, author of Wealding The Willow and Home Sweet Home. The book's title is Hidey Holes and was published in February 2016 by Troubador Publishing - Read more about this book and author.


The Prince’s Trust Auctions

2015 – EMC Leadership Dinner-Auction, The London Hilton, Park Lane, London.

2014 – Castle Galleries, Mayfair, London.

Art Fairs

2018 – Antiques and Fine Art Fair, The Mere Golf Resort and Spa, Cheshire. Represented by The Soden Collection.

2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 – Spring Battersea Art Fair, Battersea Evolution, London. Represented by Micky Middleton Director of Red Gallery.

2016 – Reading Contemporary Art Fair. Represented by Micky Middleton Director of Red Gallery.

Solo Exhibitions

2014 – Marine Art Exhibition, Echo Beach Gallery, Ilfracombe, Devon.

Group Exhibitions

2014 - Christmas Exhibition, The Gallery at Ice, Windsor.

2012 - Artists' Garden Exhibition, Royal Horticultural Society, Rosemoor.

2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 - Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society Summer Exhibition, the Burton Art Gallery, Bideford.

1997, 1998, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016 - Open Christmas Fine Art Exhibition, the Burton Art Gallery.

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 - North Devon Arts exhibitions, Broomhill Art Hotel.

2012 - North Devon Arts exhibition, St. Anne's Chapel, Barnstaple.

2015 - North Devon Arts, the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington.

2012 - Art For Life Children's Hospice South West Exhibition, the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington.

2011, 2013 - Art Trek Open Studio event, Artist's home address.

Devon Art and Craft Fairs

2010, 2011 - Art Bazaar South Molton.

2011 - Lantern Arts, Ilfracombe.

2011 - Christmas Art Bazaar, Umberleigh.

2013 - Autumn Art Fair, Eggesford Gardens.

Mark Woollacott at Echo Beach Gallery, Ilfracombe

If you are interested in commissioning me to paint an original painting for you, then please contact me and I will be happy to discuss your requirements and answer any questions you may have regarding the commission.

Mark Woollacott,

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