She Loved her Soy Cap He Loved His Long Black
Contemporary Bronze Sculpture By Gillie and Marc
With a 20 year history of collaboration, Mark & Gill’s works have received acclaim worldwide and are held in collections both nationally and internationally.
As husband and wife, Mark and Gill collaborate to create art as one, applying the iconic imagery of the dog/human hybrid to celebrate the powerful spiritual relationship that exists between man and animal.
Mark and Gill reference their own remarkable love story in their works, perpetuating a pursuit of happiness and encouraging us to challenge the status quo and the perceived safety of societal convention. Mark and Gill’s unparalleled love is the cornerstone of what they are and of what they create. Meeting in Hong Kong, she was a nurse from England and he, a boy from the ‘burbs’ of Melbourne. Wanting only to find a soul-mate with which to share their passions for art, travel and adventure, seven days later they were married at the foothills of Mount Everest. They not only share an unsurpassed dedication to their art but also love for their two children, whom Gill describes as their ‘best friends’ – along with their mutt, Moby, of course.
Initially, Mark and Gill painted and designed, but have now become very interested in sculpture – creating commissioned works for: Australia Zoo; Sydney Children’s Hospital; Australian Red Cross Blood Service; Hilton Hotel Singapore; and McDonald’s Corporate Headquarters in Singapore; and recently the Ying Ren Four Seasons Hotel in Beijing. They produce sculptures in a variety of mediums including bronze, brass, steel, wood, fibreglass and polyresin. Awards and accolades are numerous for the artist duo. In 2006 they were Archibald Prize finalists. He’ll never be famous but he doesn’t give a damn, he’s a musician, a painting, earned them first prize at the 2009 Chianciano Biennale, set in Tuscany. This work features a Dalmatian dog/man hybrid, playing guitar. Their life-like fibreglass sculptural piece, Bondi Coffee Dog, appeared in the Florence Biennale in the same year. Stretching controversy further is their work, If Jesus was alive today he would be a skateboarder, which featured in the inaugural 2009 Blake Prize Director’s Cut, an online exhibition.