Mark Springer, the pianist, composer and painter, has been playing professionally and performing since his teens when he set up the ground breaking group, Rip Rig and Panic with Gareth Sager, Bruce Smith and Sean Oliver with lead singer Neneh Cherry.
The son of a West of England painter and photographer, Mike Springer, Mark combined his musical experimentation alongside the visual while growing up in the US, Germany and Bristol.
The impetus for creating both a musical and painterly sound- and landscape has meant that he has worked fruitfully both as a soloist and collaboratively on art pieces like the opera installation made with Damien Hirst for the Edinburgh Festival.
Mark's own visual artwork has most recently been informed by a move away from the city. He lives and works in the countryside on the Downs beside the ancient route of the Ridgeway and over the last few years he has explored and inhabited this landscape - physically and temporally, by walking through its woods, lanes and footpaths and artistically, by identifying the land and fusing his view of it in paint.
The same intensity of location is played out in Springer's relationship to the 'Heads'; a series of self-portraits where the same structural identities, shapes and marks in paint create a human landscape - an anatomy forged from colour and light - making a connection between the artist's own sense of being a part of the land. Undifferentiated from this place, in the here and now, Springer's paintings show a recognisable continuation and relationship with him as a man within the land.
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