Prior to his BA (HONS) degree course, Mark Reeves' early paintings were in a cloisonné style not unlike that of Patrick Caulfield (1936 - 2005) and Valerio Adami (b 1935) but with mixed media. At Brighton University he developed this style further by continuing to paint using bold, block colours but using Liquitex acrylic paint on stretched canvas and without black outlines.
After graduating in 1982 Mark continued to paint in this style for two years and then focussed on a career of writing, arranging, performing and teaching music. A watercolour painting holiday in 2002 organised by Andrew John Studio in southern Spain spurned a return to photography and painting.
2011 saw a return to using Liquitex acrylics in a stripped-down figurative style of painting similar to his earlier work, but concentrating on portraits of rock, pop and jazz musicians.
Conventionally, an artist might chat to the sitter whilst their portrait is being created in their presence, resulting in the subject’s personality becoming captured within the image. Mark's portraits, however, are painted to a backdrop of the “sitter’s” music playing, which enables the artist to encapsulate in a painterly fashion his own personal interpretation of the musician's personality.
Mark's nudes are more abstract than his portraits; they are full of ambiguities that invite the viewer into the scene to explore and draw their own conclusions based on their own personal perceptions.