Red Barn is a framed monoprint by Mark Jennings. It is 74x74cm.
Marc Jennings was born in Glasgow in 1969. He studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and gained a first class honours degree in Fine Art before going on to win the prestigious title of Miller Homes' Young Scottish Artist of the Year. This landed him a one-year scholarship at the Cite International Des Art in Paris in 1992. After leaving Paris Marc has lived in Scotland, Sweden and Spain.
Marc specializes in monotype, each unique piece being made in a single day. His approach relies heavily on being intuitive and reductive rather than labouring the trace of the hand. Making work in this way encourages him to be more ruthless in his mark-making, and concentrated in his approach.
The works are made on reusable sheets of steel using viscose etching and lithographic inks.
He works on a number of themes simultaneously, developing each theme into a series of related artworks. Once he begins to work on a series, the images develop organically. He uses photographic sources ranging from tabloids, snapshots of his own, scenes from films and scientific journals. These act as a starting point from which to begin an image. He keeps the sources for these images for months, sometimes years until something, a conversation, a triggered memory or perhaps an existing image, provides the catalyst for him to create a new monotype image.
He confronts difficult, complex subject matters, confronting themes that can both repel and attract, challenging his audience to examine their own complex reactions to the images and the themes. His overall objective is to create images that live and retain a pulse, not inert or complete or perfect.