Marc BLAKE

Marc Blake has exhibited widely since 2005 and is extensively represented with over a dozen works held in New Zealand's largest private collection, as well as in numerous collections both nationally and internationally.   
A recipient of and finalist in several art awards, including a residency at BankART NYK, Yokohama, Blake’s work has also been shown in exhibitions at the Auckland Art Gallery, the Kyoto Cultural Museum, The Dowse Museum and The TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre. 
Born and raised in New Zealand, Marc spent a decade living and painting in Japan, Australia and South Korea and now currently works from his studio in Queenstown, New Zealand. 

“Fragments of every previous layer, image, modification and change of direction are still partly visible in each work, revealing an improvised process that organically finds its way towards conclusion.  The beauty, character and imperfections of the materials are gradually revealed during this time and the final texture of paint on the surface is extremely thin, almost papery, mostly soaked down into the bare, abraded and often deeply sanded support.  The corners of the panels are dented from rigorous handling and the scuffed edges reveal the remaining specks of colour from previous iterations on a single panel. The works become as much objects as they are images.”