Biography

“It was pre-millennium and there was a digital revolution in the air, the YBA had exploded onto the British art scene. I was told by my professor that ‘painting is dead’ – all this was going on around me, but I couldn’t shake my childhood primal desire to play with knives.”

Mark Evans is a London-based artist who has embraced leather as a new sculpting medium, etching with blades to create a truly stunning effect. Evans started his artistic career in early childhood. Born in the Welsh countryside, he was given his first knife by his granddad when he was seven, and used it to carve images into the bark of trees around the farm.

After studying fine art in London, and dedicating his time to more conventional materials such as charcoals, oils, and acrylics, he came back to carving in a happy mistake. “I was trying to clean a blood stain off a new leather jacket… I scratched through the blood into the surface of the jacket, right into the suede or the ‘nap’. that tiny etched patch of contrast in the leather suddenly became my own Archimedes ‘eureka’ moment, as if an explosion went off in my mind. I saw a world of possibilities.”

Evans specialises in ‘micro-sculpting’ leather, using blades of varying thickness to carve photorealistic scenes, symbols, and figures. Having developed his technique following a number of experiments in his career, Evans is the only artist in the world today working with leather in this way.

The likes of Simon Cowell, Rio Ferdinand and Craig David have all chosen to invest in Mark Evans, and his art features in in luxury homes, hotels and galleries all around the world. His work has been exhibited in London, New York, Dubai, Monaco and Switzerland, and auctioned at high-profile fundraisers such as Fashion for Relief and APJ’s Relief for Haiti during the Cannes Film Festival.

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