AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for November, 2012
Mark Hobson is a strong advocate for preserving the wilderness he loves to paint. He has donated numerous paintings and much of his time to efforts to preserve natural environments. Most recently Mark donated an original artwork as the grand prize of a raffle by AFC during this year’s festival in support of AFC programs.
Mark is currently championing the protection of Canada's west coast wilderness, having envisioned and organized an expedition with fifty artists - some of Canada's most celebrated and many who of First Nations heritage. His efforts are bringing attention to the dramatic beauty and fragile diversity of the remote coastal wilderness of northern and central B.C. that would be at risk with proposed super-tanker traffic through rough and perilously narrow channels. Artists are taking up paintbrushes and carving tools to portray Canada’s fragile raincoast. Visit Raincoast Conservation Foundation for more information. Eight fellow Signature Members of Artists for Conservation participated.
Mark lives in Tofino, B.C. Canada on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, where he has painted professionally for over twenty-five years. His floathouse studio is only accessible via a 9km boat ride from Tofino.
Born in Vancouver in 1953 he grew up in various parts of B.C. alternating with living around the world in locations as far flung as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Portugal. His teenage years were spent in boarding schools, including two years in Northern Ireland. Drawing almost every day in his early years he gradually taught himself skills in watercolour, oils, and acrylics. Mark is best known for his passionate portrayals of the wildlife and landscapes of the Canadian Pacific coast. From pounding surf to misty coves, from rainforests to the underwater realm the careful use of light is always present enhancing subtle drama in his work. Professionally trained as a biologist, he taught high school science for nine years before devoting his career full time to painting.
Mark’s work has won awards in the U.S., Canada and Europe. At age thirteen he won the top art prize in the British Isles in the annual school competition sponsored by Brooke Bond Tea. More recently in 2009 he placed third in International Artist Magazine’s competition, “Seascapes, Rivers and Lakes” and in 2010 was featured in the magazine’s August cover story. Over twenty of his wildlife images have been printed by Ducks Unlimited as fund-raising limited edition prints and in 2006 he was chosen their Artist of the Year. He has participated in shows throughout North America and as far a field as Hong Kong and Singapore. On three occasions he has won the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s stamp competition and the Royal Canadian Mint has four times invited him to design coins for their collector’s editions. The National Geographic Society has displayed his work in Washington D.C. He was B.C.’s Wildlife Artist of Year in 1996 and four times Artist’s Magazine annual competition has awarded his wildlife images high honours.
In addition to his signature membership in AFC and SAA, Mark is a member of the Canadian Federation of Artists, Friends of Clayoquot Sound, Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society and Raincoast Conservation Society.
Artists for Conservation announced that Mark's "Steller's Jay: Among Alders" painting has been selected for the cover of the 2012 Art of Conservation Exhibit Book. The annual hardcover "coffee-table" book will be published on sustainably forested paper, as a companion to the 5th annual AFC Exhibit, last month in Vancouver, BC . He has also donated an artwork for AFC to make prints of as part of AFC's fund raising in support of AFC programs.
AFC News About Mark Hobson
AFC Reveals 2012 Exhibit Book Cover – Painting by AFC Artist Mark Hobson - Read full article
Hobson Champions Protection of Canada’s West Coast - AFC Signature Member, Mark Hobson from Tofino, Vancouver Island is the visionary and driving force behind a new project for fifty artists to portray Canada’s fragile raincoast – one they feel is threatened by the Northern Gateway project proposed by Enbridge and their international partners. Read full article
Mark Hobson's AFC website for more information.
Upcoming EventArt for an Oil-Free Coast: Art Exhibitions and Book Launch
Over fifty artists - some of Canada's most celebrated and many who are First Nations - have taken up paintbrushes and carving tools to portray Canada's fragile raincoast - one they feel is threatened by the Northern Gateway project proposed by Enbridge and their international partners. The resulting works, combined with prose and poetry, are being published as an art book entitled Canada's Raincoast at Risk: Art for an Oil-Free Coast. The art work, donated by the artists, will become part of a traveling Canadian art show to raise public awareness about why this spectacular coast needs to be kept oil-free.
REFLECTIONS, the 22 minute documentary premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival and is being shown at venues around coastal BC.
Dates have now been released for the shows including the book release and the film.
Vancouver - Grand Opening: Tuesday, Nov. 27th, 2012. 7:30pm - 9:30pm.
Performance Works Theatre
1398 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver, B.C.
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