Born in Birmingham in 1957, Mark Godwin graduated from the Royal College of Art 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. His technical skill and ability to transpose ideas into a successful print were eagerly sought after.
Mark’s development as an artist gathered pace after moving into an ACME studio space in the east end of London. Here he combined his undoubted skill as a printmaker with his other passions for painting and collage. Mark’s confident use of colour, and complex compositions, often on a large scale, were the hallmarks of his work over this period of time.
Following a move from London to St. Leonards-on-Sea in East Sussex in early 2000, Mark’s work continued to develop.
He now began to concentrate on his paintings, working on both paper and canvas. His print making activity nowadays is centred on making small suites of unique mono-prints.
With an assured way of handling paint, and a mature confidence in his subject matter, Mark’s painting is now firmly rooted in landscape, particularly the sea and coastline.
He is inspired by the concept of ‘the sublime’, a term coined by the 19th-century romantics to express the overwhelming beauty and power of nature.