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Mestre Mark | Contemporary Artist: Artworks & Biography

  • Mestre Mark | Contemporary Artist: Artworks & Biography

Mestre Mark

  • Switzerland
  • Painter
I always try to adapt the media or style to the genre of person or environment I illustrate but still try to keep a constant flow in the way I do it.
Influenced by Street Art and comic strips, the Swiss artist and illustrator Mark Alexander Mestre composed his first drawings in the 2000s in sketchbooks full of graffiti. Having graduated from the Ecole d’Art Ceruleum in Lausanne, he began painting in 2014 and produced his first portraits of jazz musicians. Passionate about urban culture, his last series of portraits, in black and white this time, is dedicated to contemporary hip-hop figures. Produced on cardboard and in a smaller format, this collection would make up the covers of future albums. Music, painting and drawing in a single work of art.
Music thus occupies a major place in Mark Mestre’s work. A source of inspiration, it allows the artist to breathe life into a rhythm, a movement, a wave to the composition. In his paintings, the contrasted tones evoke staging in an auditorium, a dark background, a precise, oriented source of light. The acrylic colours live to the rhythm of this theatre, of this “Smokey jazz club”, as the artist refers to it. His latest series of portraits dedicated to hip-hop figures, in black and white and made on smaller cardboard, is composed by watercolour and fine pencil lines which replace the blocks of bright colours and paradoxically give the composition an allure of old postcards.

Currently this artist is only exhibited in our online gallery.

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  • 2016
    "Face de Mestre" solo exhibition at the L.A.C Gallery
    Vevey, Switzerland
  • 2015
    First solo exhibition "Smooth Jazz" at the Café des Avenues
    Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2008
    Training at the Ceruleum School of Visual Arts
    Lausanne, Switzerland

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