Mark Dunn is a practising artist who works in drawing and painting. He studied Fine Art at Newcastle Polytechnic from 1981 to 1984. He went on to apply his fabrication and making skills as an architectural and advertising model maker. He worked in this industry for ten years. He gained a PGCE from Surrey University in 1994. He has extensive teaching experience having taught across a range of HE and FE courses at Leeds Arts University since 1997. Alongside his art practice he has explored the application of creative processes in a variety of sectors, ranging from the production of multi media environments for electronic music performance and negotiating Arts Council grant applications as a mentor for musicians and artists.
His current art practice centres around ideas about place and space, as both a transitory physical entity, and as a site and repository of memory, both personal, communal and cultural. This interest is grounded in a close relationship to the urban environment and is maintained, nourished and deepened by physical contact, walking, drawing and photography. His specific conceptual and theoretical interests include: notions of the ‘non place’, the homogenization of the urban landscape and its manifestation in contemporary architectural forms. Also, the emerging ‘non place’, spaces and structures in transition and the erosion of the previous history and identity of those spaces. He uses a range of techniques and languages derived from his investigation into traditional and contemporary image making philosophies and techniques. These include those associated with idealised virtual architectural imagery, imagined and fictional place and space, and realist landscape traditions.
Mark is currently a Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Fine Art.