People have been arguing about the role and nature of art since the first cavemen painted their woolly mammoths on the walls of their dwellings. Art critics are no closer to agreeing on what makes something artistically valuable, and the world will be a poorer place when they do. One theory is that art is smoke and mirrors, a way to fool and trick people into thinking about the world in a new and interesting ways. Artists are illusionists, using their box of tricks to create scenes and images that are more figments of their imagination than reality. The art of Mark Pitcher takes this viewpoint and gives it some weighty evidence. His work straddles the world of deception and painful truth by mixing heart rendering subjects with an avid dedication to technique. It takes years of committed study and practice to produce work with this level of precision and skill. His use of oils and pencil allow him to cast an optical illusion upon the viewer and allow the slow interpretation of his message. Having recently joined the LondonArt family, Pitcher continues to demonstrate more and more incredible works, and is selling strongly on the website. People are drawn to his practical aptitude and his ability to create work that rewards frequent viewing.
Using nothing more than light and shade, Pitcher manages to include more imagery and emotion than many other artists. These works benefit from their simplicity as it allows them to lull the unsuspecting viewer into a false sense of security. His creations have the appearance of a long lost photograph. They look as though they were discovered in an old attic, raising countless questions around their presence. He has made a wonderful series, enigmatically called ‘love parts’ which allows him to show the dramatic difference in feel that a raised eye or subtle smile can cause. The initial focus is on the stylishly crafted dexterity of the artwork. These pictures are simply beautiful to look at. After that, the audience begins to see the work that has gone into creating the photo-realist illusion. Only after these stages do we truly begin to take in the concealed intensity of the subject matter. Maybe we have been drawn in, before being blown away? Maybe we have been tricked into viewing something that makes us uncomfortable? Either way, this is a magnificent artistic achievement and deserves to find a home amongst our customers. It is little wonder he has caused a stir. As ever, Paul is on hand to answer your questions.