Half-Light is latest exhibition at Lewes’ Star Brewery Gallery

Half-Light is the latest exhibition at Lewes’ Star Brewery Gallery, running from May 14-23.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 7:35 am
Mark Munroe-Preston

It comes from Uckfield artist Mark Munroe-Preston.

Mark said: “The exhibition will feature a selection of my latest treescapes, which, as the name suggests, depict a variety of incredible trees. These pieces are predominately set in the Sussex countryside surrounding Lewes, from the South Downs to the Ashdown Forest. It is my hope that this work will present familiar scenes from the area in a new and interesting way.

“The artworks are presented as prints on sheets of brushed aluminium, which really help to bring them to life with its reflective metallic surface allowing the light to bounce back through the inks giving deep saturated colours and a real sense of depth as the image changes depending upon the lighting and the angle from which it is viewed.

“The show has been a year in the planning as it has had to be postponed several times due to the lockdown and each time it has been reworked to include my most recent pictures.”

Mark was born in Yorkshire and after completing his photography degree, at Wolverhampton Polytechnic, he moved to London in 1991, He first worked as a photographer’s assistant and worked with many photographers on a wide variety subjects before starting a career as a freelance photographer, specialising in still life projects.

With the arrival of computers and particularly Photoshop he transitioned to a more illustrative style of work. Since then Mark has worked as a digital illustrator for book publishers and magazines around the world, a digital artist for several national newspapers, a children’s illustrator working in 3D and most recently as the creative director for an American toy company, where he designed a range of award-winning emotional learning children’s toys.

Mark moved to Sussex in 2001 and it was there that he began to explore the local countryside, and particularly the Ashdown Forest and the South Downs National Park, with his dogs and his camera.

In 2017 he began using his large library of photographs to create pieces of art for his first exhibition at an art fair in Uckfield.