Mark Fennell RBSA

News and events

Portrait of Franco Luxardo.

My recent portrait of Franco Luxardo President of the Girolamo Luxardo Italian liqueur and spirits business. Luxardo is one of the oldest European firms producing liqueurs and spirits and is famous for it's Maraschino cherry liqueur.
This one was quite a challenge as it was commissioned as a suprise gift for Franco and i had to work from supplied images rather than meet Franco in person and take my own reference images.
I was commissioned by Martin Watts, pictured with Franco above. Martin presented Franco with the portrait in Torreglia as a thank you for their long standing business relationship.
A quote from Martin -
"Tears were shed by both sides as memories of our personal relationship which dates back to the early 1980’s, unfolded. Quite interestingly, Franco earlier had proudly shown me a portrait of his grandfather, dated from around the 1920’s which he had found in a museum in Zara (the original site in Dalmatia of the company), and which he persuaded the museum to part with. Whilst in a different, more formal, style to your portrait of Franco, they will take pride of place in the new corporate museum that they are opening in the Autumn."

Charcoal portrait drawing workshop.

An enjoyable morning running a charcoal portrait drawing workshop with a group of talented students at Akeley wood private school.

Portrait painting workshop

Another enjoyable workshop with Henley art and crafts guild.
Thanks to Ellie for being such a good sitter, she barely moved
throughout the day!

The Artist Magazine.

My article in the January issue of The Artist magazine, portrait painting in oils with palette knives.

Painting workshops in the cotswolds.

I ended my year of workshops in the Cotswolds at Pure Artwork studio.
Looking forward to teaching there again next year!

Portrait drawing demonstration.

It was really nice to be invited back to Pinner Sketch Club for another demonstration, this time it was portrait drawing in charcoal.

Portrait painting workshops in Cornwall.

Another two very enjoyable portrait painting workshops at Truro Arts Company.
This was my first one at their fantastic shop in Truro city centre, next year i should be teaching back at their coachouse studio in the heart of the Cornish countryside just outside Truro.
So nice to get down to St Agnes afterwards!

Zorn palette Portrait painting workshop.

Another very enjoyable portrait painting workshop with Pegasus Art in Stroud.
It was so nice to be painting with a lovely group of artists in Stroud again.
Thanks to Paul for being such a good sitter!

Painting workshops in the Cotswolds and Stroud.

As things are starting to get back to normal i'm getting back to running painting courses in some lovely venues and locations across the country. Here are a few pictures of my workshops
for Pure Artwork Studio and Pegasus Art. I'm looking forward to the other courses that i have lined at these venues and more this year.

2021 TALP Open Exhibition Award winner

I'm really pleased to have won a Clairefontaine Award at the 2021 TALP Open exhibition for one of my submissions 'Paint Splattered Apron'. I've also won one of The Artist's Exhibition Awards, the competition judges have chosen ten artists from The Artist category to contribute five paintings to form a special finalists’ show to be held at Patchings Art Centre in October 2022.

The Artist and Leisure painters magazine 90th anniversary front cover competition.

Very pleased and honoured that my entry 'Paint splattered apron' has been selected as one of six highly-commended paintings and will feature in the 2021 December issue of the magazine.

The Artist, Leisure Painter and Painters-Online 2021 Open competition.

Really pleased to have two of my knife paintings accepted for The Artist, Leisure Painter and PaintersOnline 2021 Open competition in partnership with Patchings Art Centre.
They will be on exhibition at Patchings Art Centre, Oxton Road, Calverton, Nottinghamshire from 21 August to 26 September 2021.

Here’s my third portrait for #portraitsfornhsheroes. This is Theodora, she's a university student who was asked to come and help out in the Covid Intensive Care Units and wards because they were desperate and so understaffed! I painted her portrait as part of the #portraitsfornhsheroes initiative created by fellow Oxford art society member and painter friend Tom Croft.

Portrait painting demonstration

I recently did a Zoom portrait painting demonstration with a limited palette (the Zorn palette) for The Art events Group. It was another enjoyable Zoom experience, i was told afterwards that it was like watching the grand national towards the end as i was finishing up.
I tickled this painting up a bit after the demonstration!

"Great demo! I really enjoyed the excitement!" Linda Bywaters

Portrait painting workshop in Truro
Another very enjoyable and successful portrait painting workshop with Truro Arts Company.
It was so nice to be painting with a lovely group of artists in Cornwall again.
Thanks to Morgan for being such a good sitter!

Winner of Oxford Art Society Honorary Members Prize.

Really pleased to be awarded the Honorary members prize for ‘Paint splattered apron’ at this years Oxford art society members exhibition.
Visit the exhibition at https://Oxford art

Portrait painting in acrylics demonstration via Zoom

This is my first Acrylics portrait demonstration on Zoom, Usually i demonstrate in oils so i was under
a bit more pressure to produce something in 2 hours.
Ongar art society were let down by another artist so i jumped in at the last minute to help them out.

"Just wanted to tell you Barbara that Mark Fennell was a great demonstrator.  All our members were so impressed with his ways of explaining what he was doing, talking about his colour palette, brushes, types of mark etc.  So informative.  A really good, easy style of chatting, that made the whole demo very interesting all the way through.  Excellent painting also. "
Great choice, thank you very much
All the best

Very pleased to be exhibiting at the Bucks Art Society 100th anniversary Exhibition at the county museum in Aylesbury, the town where I was born and grew up. Also very pleased that the Art curator Mel Czapski chose my portrait of ww2 veteran Len Nixey as one of her five favourite pieces. Unfortunately the museum is closed during lockdown but you can see the great work by all the members and the virtual tour -