I wasn't planning on posting about another contemporary artist but when I discovered Mark Briscoe's work, I really had no choice in the matter. How could I not share these wonderful paintings?
Briscoe was born in England in 1964 - he's a relatively young artist with plenty of experience in several artistic disciplines. He paints in egg tempera with oil (as did Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh, Andrew Wyeth and Sandro Botticelli, to name just a few). It is a medium in use by artists for over a thousand years.
He studied art in the U.K. worked as an art restorer and traveled to India where he learned the art of miniature painting. Concentrating for awhile on the restoration and painting of antique chinoiserie lacquer furniture, he later moved to Spain (where he now lives) and began experimenting with egg tempera on panels.
The results are these incredible paintings which combine a modern aesthetic with a mix of impressionistic fervor. There is a great sense of movement in his work - the density and brushwork made me suddenly feel as if I'd tipped over the edge into some new world. It is almost impossible to resist lingering over Mark Briscoe's creations and I hope you'll want to do the same.
To learn more about Mark Briscoe, please use this link to his website and this link to his gallery. Here's also a link to a terrific post on Briscoe (from 2010) which appeared online at Fine Art, Business and the World.
Mark Briscoe at work in his studio.