Mark McCarthy’s paintings have used a range of aesthetic approaches.  His subjects have varied from responding to different environments to exploring new 

ideas with surreal images and landscapes.   


Much of Mark’s recent work does not focus on a single subject matter

 but rather his use of painting, seeks out new narratives and meanings.  Guided by curiosity, instinct and experience, his work combines imagery that feels

somewhat familiar with a sense of the unknown, a balance ultimately in

the search for something new.


Mark is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts.  

He has been the recipient of the John Leslie Art Prize, Vic (2004), the Whyalla Art Prize, NSW (2011) and has received a New Work Grant from the Australia Council (2008).  He has been shortlisted in many national art awards including the Bayside City Art Prize, Tidal- City of Devonport Art Award, Tas, The Fleurieu Art Prize, SA, Fletcher Jones Art Prize, Geelong, The Prometheus Visual Art Award, Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, NSW and The Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, NSW.  His work is held in public and private collections throughout Australia including Artbank.


Mark McCarthy lives and works in Melbourne

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