India Mark is a Thirroul/Sydney based figurative painter.
India Mark's paintings use a light-filled palette that allows her portraits and still life subjects to flicker with associations. Figure paintings represent archetypes rather than individuals, an approach that frees the artist to explore psychological and physical qualities without needing to respond to the desires of the sitter. Mark's characters are constructed from life drawing and sourced imagery. Gaze overrides narrative, leaving us free to look for subtle differences in expression. Her still life paintings are a contemplative context for the character studies. The painterly treatment of domestic cups and saucers becomes an extension of the body: weathered, rinsed out and humbled by use.
India Mark was awarded the Foundation for Visual Arts Scholarship from the ANU School of Art and finished a Master of Fine Arts at the National Art School 2017. Two of her works are included in the archival collection of the National Art School. Mark was a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2016 and 2018 and a finalist in Brett Whiteley’s Travelling Scholarship 2017 and 2018.