Jealous are thrilled to be welcoming award winning director and artist Mark Denton, an unstoppable creative force in the advertising industry for nearly 40 years, for his very own solo exhibition at Jealous East 6-16th July. The exhibition will stage his eclectic portfolio of his work from photography, moving image to sculpture and installation work, together with launching 3 new limited print editions produced at Jealous Print Studio.
Join us for the private view at Jealous East on Thursday 6th July 6-30-8:30pm, all welcome.
Jealous and COY! Communications are extremely proud to present ‘ART Mart!’ – The Graphic Works of Mark Denton Esq. ‘ART Mart!’ at Jealous East will be
Denton’s most ambitious artistic outing yet, bringing together graphic projects such as the ‘Not Nice’ world of ‘Evil Farms’ (in association with the
celebrated animation company A Large Evil Corporation) featuring fruits of a suspect supermarket, nestled alongside a vision of cobalt blue-faced beauty,
in the ‘Chinese Girl (from Croydon)’ collection.
The overriding element in Mark’s work is his dark humour. On the surface his world can appear both simple and puerile, but Denton’s relentless dedication
to the tiniest detail of his realisations create the sensation of having entered a parallel universe where the darkly comic is suddenly made real.
The award winning director and artist has been an unstoppable creative force in the advertising industry for nearly 40 years, and now he will be presenting
his first solo exhibition at Jealous East from 6th – 16th July. The exhibition will stage his eclectic portfolio of his work from photography, moving
image to sculpture and installation work, together with launching 3 new limited print editions produced at Jealous Print Studio, plus extra special
artifacts and creative mementos.
Exploring the weird and wonderful brain of Mark Denton Esq. in a unique and interactive environment, prepare for the gallery to be transformed as never
seen before. Pulling out all the stops, the space will be completely unrecognisable for this exclusive 2 week exhibition.
Everyone is welcome to the opening of the exhibition at Jealous East, 6th July 6.30-8.30pm (please form an orderly queue!).
Mark was born in Greenwich, South London, into a large family of scrap-metal merchants. Everyone worked at G.F. Denton &
Sons; Father, Mother, Uncles, Aunties, Denton and all of his siblings.
After yet another acid burn, aged 16, from a lorry load of car batteries, Mark decided the materials reclamation world was not for him. He enrolled at
Ravensbourne’s School of Vocational Studies (without enough ‘O’ Levels to get into the main college) where he studied Graphic Design.
After an unglamorous start as a paste-up artist on the magazine ‘Knitter’s Digest’, Denton secured a job as an assistant typographer and visualiser at
the London office of American advertising agency, Leo Burnett. In less than a decade, Mark found himself as Creative Director of his own agency and
one of the most awarded Art Directors in the world.
The following years saw a foray into directing commercials and a return to his first love, graphic design.
Forever seeking new forms of self-expression, Mark kept busy designing everything in his world. Clothes, jewellery, wallpaper, furniture, the labels on
his tins of beans; nothing was spared his artists eye.
Grasping every opportunity to develop his world, found Mark juggling many hats; Mexican-wrestling Promoter, book and magazine Publisher, theatrical Producer
and male model to name a few.
Over his expansive career, his designs have been exhibited across the globe, notably at ‘The Power of the Poster’ exhibition at the V&A and as a ‘living
exhibit’ under the name of Nobby Bottomshuffle (one of his many alter-egos) at the National Football Museum.
See Marks's new limited edition prints here.
Click here to download the full list of works from this show (PDF)