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The Beauty and the Beasts of the South Pacific, Painting by Mark Cross

The realistic landscape paintings Mark Cross produces also have a dream-like quality, to me. The idea of a beach so pristine, with such clear water is the ultimate ideal spot for reclining and daydreaming. However, sometimes the dream is shattered by the evidence of destruction to the natural world. Cross often incorporates figures in to the landscapes, to impart “a social message that speaks of mankind’s delinquent abuse of his home the Earth.” Originally from New Zealand, Mark now splits his time between the central Polynesian island of Niue and  Auckland. With such wonderful detail, bright Pacific colours, and beautiful scenery it’s really no wonder that Mark is considered one of the South Pacific’s leading contemporary painters.

Mokohinau #2: Oil on Canvas, 40 x 37 cm

Cave Bathe: Oil on Canvas, 76 x 51 cm

Radiant Shore: Oil on Canvas, 152 x 101 cm

Reef Juxtaposition: Oil on Canvas, 151 x 101 cm

マグロ·イヤーズ (The Tuna Years): Oil on Canvas, 122 x 91 cm

Mokohinau #1: Oil on Canvas, 40 x 37 cm

All images are property of the artsist, and link back to his website (which is under construction at the moment) you can view it by following the link. You can also check out more of Mark’s breathtaking painting on the recent Artsitaday Facebook post here.


One comment on “The Beauty and the Beasts of the South Pacific, Painting by Mark Cross

  1. Mark Cross
    October 1, 2013

    Thanks for the inclusion here Vicki. Was alerted to it by extra hits on my website which came from yours.
    Cheers, Mark

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Vicki Clough

Vicki Clough

Vicki is an independent curator and craftsperson with a focus on socially engaged and participatory art and events. In January 2016 she helped launch Reconstructing Resilience, a research and curatorial project that explored various forms of sustainable practice. As a freelance curator she has worked with the Riverdale Hub, Myseum of Totonto/Art Spin and was the Curatorial Director of Figment Toronto from 2014 to 2017. She has also co-curated exhibitions including JAYU's iAM photography project (2016 & 2017), Move to Stillness, for the Harbourfront Centre's Kick Up Your Heels Festival (2015), The Duel, AGO First Thursdays (2014), and What Are You Made Of? OCAD U Graduate Gallery (2013). She initiated the Toronto based workshop model and website Polymers in Action: Socially Engaged Art and the Environment as part of her studies at OCAD University, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. She publishes on anything that interests her deeply and moves her to the point of lengthy verbal expression.

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