Mark Elsmore

By markelsmore, Apr 15 2018 04:45PM

I’m honoured to have ‘Multi-Storey’ chosen for the Winsor & Newton Award at the 206th RI Exhibition. I enjoyed meeting fellow artists and guests at the Private View, it’s always a joy to exchange thoughts about our latest work.


The exhibition continues at the Mall Galleries, London until the 21st April 2018.


Multi-Storey

“As a painter sometimes the description and meanings of the paintings can get too important. ‘Multi-Storey’ is a play on words, it could just as easily be called ‘Multi-Story’. Within the car park there are lots of stories and no stories, it’s up to the viewer to imagine the chapters.”

By markelsmore, Apr 2 2018 12:53PM

I’m delighted to be selected as a Candidate for Membership of the RI Painters in Water Colours. I’ve got four paintings in the 206th Exhibition and have submitted a portfolio of unframed work, a sketchbook and additional material.


The RI exhibition is really worth a visit to The Mall Galleries, but you can also view this year’s selection here


The titles of my Candidate watercolours;

Salford Boing!

Chain of Command.

Multi-Storey.

Space Station Stoke.


Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 206th Exhibition;

The Mall Galleries, London SW1

Fri 6th April (10am-5pm) until Sat 21st April (10am-1pm).

By markelsmore, Apr 12 2016 07:05AM

It's still Christmas in the city of Stoke-on-Trent. It's been Christmas every day for many years. Decorations have been left on a derelict building: Santa has been abandoned, his beard getting greener with each passing year, a neon Merry Christmas sign is only ever illuminated by sunshine. Children may wish it could be Christmas everyday but in North Staffordshire it's ‘Always Christmas in Stoke’.


‘Always Christmas in Stoke’ has been selected for the 204th Annual Exhibition of The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours at The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, SW1, from 6th to 16th April, 10am to 5pm.



By markelsmore, Nov 9 2014 02:21PM

The ING Discerning Eye is a show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics. This year I’m delighted that artist Nicola Green has selected my oil painting as part of her section of the exhibition. ING Discerning Eye 13th -23rd November, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1, admission free.


At the Glass

oil on canvas

The urgency of a top restaurant. A tension and professional balance between ‘front of house’ and ‘artist chef’. Choice words have been exchanged; there are pressures of timing and food excellence. This is the edge, the sharp end; we are 'At the Glass’.

By markelsmore, Jul 27 2014 06:31PM

2014 marks my fourteenth successful year of selection for the Smith & Williamson Sunday Times Watercolour Competetion. This year the judges were Sarah Armstrong Jones (Artist), Desmond Shawe-Taylor CVO (Surveyor of the Queen's pictures), Ben Ravenscroft (Artist) and Louis Wise (Critic & Writer, The Sunday Times).


This year I'm pleased to inform that two paintings have been selected, "Stairway to Heaven" and "Dredger".


Approximately 100 works will be exhibited at the Mall Galleries, London, 15 - 20 September 2014 and then the exhibition goes to Guildford House Gallery and will tour the offices of Smith & Williamson, October 2014 - January 2015.


‘Dredger’ reminds us about world resources and environmental issues. Random patterns have been baked into mud by an ever thirsty sun. There is a stark beauty and yet awful realisation that nature is at a premium. Water is scarce and precious, this scene man made. A ladder invites us down into the dredger; the situation is not hopeless and we still have the ability to change matters. We alter the world when we dredge the earth.

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