© Mark Langley
Mark grew up near Derby and started his design and illustration career in the city. YTS and BTEC courses followed school and the computer age had not really started in his design education. He recalls everything was still hand rendering text and pretty much everything in the design work until the very final artwork was typical.
2 years on a HND in general graphic design studies and 4 years as a graphic artist in Sheffield until 1999. His second graphic artist's job brought Mark to Belper where he lives and works today. It was in the second computer based design job Mark missed drawing on paper and started animal portrait commissions. Architecture and landscapes later followed.
Mark’s background has shaped his approach. His drawing skills are self-taught copying old railway photographs and were developed before he had any formal tuition. However, his interest in photography and the influence of graphic art and illustration have refined his eye for image creation and composition.
Signature status 2018, Silver 2020
Best Pure Coloured Pencil Award in Annual Open Exhibition 2019
UK Coloured Pencil Society for 'Clumber Park Long Range Greenhouse'
420 Longlisted in Jackson's Open Painting Prize 2019
for 'Aspectus Apricus'
Commendation in 2018 Derbyshire Open Art Competition
for 'Pilsbury Castle Tree'
Highly Commended in Annual Open Exhibition 2018
UK Coloured Pencil Society for 'Harry'
350 Longlisted in Jackson's Open Painting Prize 2018
for 'Shepherd's Temptation'
Highly Commended - Upper Broughton Art Show 2017
for 'Aspectus Apricus'
The Derbyshire Trophy in 2017 Derbyshire Open Art Competition
for 'Pavilion Reflection'
Pencils4Artists Award for Best Building/Transport in Annual Open Exhibition 2017
UK Coloured Pencil Society for ''Haddon Hall II'
Highly Commended in The Buxton Spa Prize 2016 for 'Scrivener's View'
Buxton Festival Choice in The Buxton Spa Prize 2016 for 'Scrivener's View''
People's Choice in The Buxton Spa Prize 2016 for 'Scrivener's View''
Exhibitions (most significant)
Bennetts Irongate Ltd Derby Hosted Artist Solo Show 2015
Castleton TIC Derbyshire Solo Show 2010
Chatsworth House with the Peak District Artisans (PDA) 2013 and 15 to 18
Dame Catherine Arts Summer Exhibition - Ticknall, Derbyshire - 2012 to 15,17 and 18
Derbyshire Open Art competition in Buxton 2013, 17 and 18
Drawing in its own right at Patchings Arts Centre, Nottinghamshire - 2012
Drawn to Pencil Solo Show at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham - 2009
Ferrers Gallery Leicestershire Featured Artist - 2009, part of Animal Magic - 2012,
Fine Lines and Animal Crackers - 2013, Mad March Hares - 2014,
Great British Wildlife - 2015, Can't see the Wood for the Trees and Four Paws - 2016
Fishers Solicitors Ashby de la Zouch Solo Show (Melbourne Festival sponsor) - 2011
Ilam Park National Trust Guest Artist nine days in Spring 2012
Ingleby Gallery Solo Show - Derbyshire - 2011
Life in the Land at Ingleby Gallery with Chris Hindley - Derbyshire - 2015
Kedleston Hall National Trust Guest Artist one weekend - 2011
Please Shut the Gate with Marcia Blagg at Sock Gallery, Loughborough - 2012
Sock Gallery Leicestershire Solo Show then with the PDA - 2012 & 13
SEA annual exhibition in Mall Galleries - 2007 & 08
St. John Street Gallery and Café Ashbourne, Derbyshire Solo Show 2018
The Buxton Spa Prize Competition - 2016 to 18
The Harley Open - 2019
Obsidian Art Buckinghamshire The Horse in Art - 2008 & 09, Dogs and Cats - 2013
The Ridgeway Gallery Bakewell Featured Artist - 2009
UK Colour Pencil Society Annual Open at Menier Gallery London Bridge - 2016 & 17, Stratford ArtsHouse - 2018 and Richmond 2019