I am a professional coastal artist based in Ilfracombe, North Devon, South West England. I was born in the mid sixties and work full time as a studio-based artist.
Art & Design, North Devon College 1982—1983
I am often drawn by the aesthetics of a subject. Whenever I see something that is visually interesting, such as a landscape, a harbour, or a particular 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.
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, galleries, including a major London Art Fair held at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park. 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, France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Norway, USA, and in Australia.
Mark Woollacott is a member of Artists’ Union England, the trade union for visual, applied and socially engaged artists www.artistsunionengland.org.uk
Charity Art Competition
2022 — The Rotary Club Barnstaple (supporting the North Devon Hospice) organized an online art competition open to all artists, with cash prizes going to the winners in three categories: Beginner, Experienced and Professional.
Charity Auctions (painting donation)
2019 — The Art and Mind Dinner-Auction (supporting the Leanne Baker Trust), Kensington Palace, London.
The Prince’s Trust Auctions (painting donation)
2015 — EMC Leadership Dinner-Auction, The London Hilton, Park Lane, London.
2014 — Castle Galleries, Mayfair, London.
2018 — Antiques and Fine Art Fair, The Mere Golf Resort and Spa, Cheshire. Represented by The Soden Collection.
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020 — 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.
2014 — Marine Art Exhibition, Echo Beach Gallery, Ilfracombe, Devon.
2014 — Christmas Exhibition, The Gallery at Ice, Windsor.
2011, 2012 — Artists' Garden Exhibition, Royal Horticultural Society, Rosemoor.
2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 — Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society Summer Exhibition, the Burton Art Gallery, Bideford.
1997, 1998, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2019 — 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.
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.”