Mark Hearld


Mark Hearld – an introduction

On a trip to London, just before Christmas, I bought some very beautiful paper-cut-cards. I didn’t know anything about the man who made them, and actually forgot about the cards altogether, until I just recently encountered the artist again, this time on the website of St. Jude’s

I’m not sure if I’m abel to explain why I find Hearld’s work so intriguing, but there is something in the mix of the naivety and wisdom, the lightheartedness, but also an almost invisible threatening danger, that I find really challenging. The darker sides of the motives are manifested both through colour and swirling lines.

Anyhow, for now I will just conclude this way: I like Hearld’s work – a lot!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. I too like the lines in this print you posted. I clicked on your links and fell in love with the Ballindalloch Blackbird he created for St Jude’s. The feathers on the bird are quite whimsical. I agree with the ambivalence of his work in that at one moment you find it funny, but deeper there are roots of fear.

    1. Sigrun says:

      Agree – the Ballindalloch Blackbird is beautiful, and again we can see the intensity in Hearld’s work:

  2. Caroline says:

    I like it very much. I tried to find the words why I like it and I think it’s because it has a story telling quality. Not sure if that makes sense but it’s how I feel it. I see this and immediately feel like telling a story.

    1. Sigrun says:

      You’re right, there is absolutely a narrative quality here. Hearld is also working with book illustrations:

  3. KM Huber says:

    Perhaps it is my really untrained eye but I think Van Gogh in technique and intensity. Hearld’s colors are so vibrant. I clicked on all the links–thanks so much–there is such a storytelling quality to his work.

    As always, I learn when I visit your blog.

  4. Harvey says:

    Can anyone tell me if this is a lino cut, painting or collage?

    1. Sigrun says:

      The artwork is mixed media with layer upon layer of paper-cut collages, woodcuts, paint and ink.

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