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Tisdall, Mark

Address: 2114 Kimbolton Rd, Kiwitea RD7 Feilding 4777
Phone: 06 2800664 | 0276645139

Mark Tisdall is a New Zealander by choice, an Englishman by birth.

Mark has been painting since 1997, and he began painting using wax in 2004 after attending a summer school at Elam led by Jill Sorenson. Encaustic medium presented him with the opportunity to combine two of his loves: beekeeping and art.

The wax (which is the main component of encaustic) is collected from the “cappings” that bees use to seal each cell of honey and they are collected during the process of honey extraction. They are then melted and the wax is cleaned by boiling it in water.

All these paintings are created using encaustic medium; a mix of bee’s wax, pigment and dammar resin. Mark loves the process of painting with encaustic as there are tensions between the artist’s purpose and the fluidity of the heated wax, and between the colours which each have varying degrees of hardness depending on the amount of resin used. So whilst the artist retains control over the structure of the painting this tension encourages the emergence of unplanned and magical moments within that structure. The outcome of encaustic is a very special texture and shine on the surface of the painting.

Mark has had solo exhibitions at Thermostat Gallery and Square Edge in Palmerston North and he was a finalist in the Norsewear awards and shown in the NZAFA Governor General’s Millennium exhibition. His work is in private collections in New Zealand and Australia. To view other art work by Mark please visit his website

Featured painting: "GLOBAL WARMING"

To arrange a visit Mark's Kiwitea art studio contact Mark ahead,
please phone 06 2800664, text 0276645139 or email .