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Mark Sofilas

Mark Sofilas

I am originally from Western Australia but migrated to the UK in 2005.  I was an illustrator with over 20 years’ experience in the advertising industry but took the opportunity, on moving to the UK, to turn to fine art, something which I had always wanted to do.

I now paint full time from my studio in Leeds and have developed a reputation and following for my original oil paintings of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, particularly coastal scenes of the Heritage Coast, such as the fishing villages of Whitby, Staithes & Robin Hood’s Bay.

As well as creating original oil paintings which are exhibited in galleries across Yorkshire, the north of England and also in London, I produce limited edition prints of my paintings.

I am proud to be an exhibiting member of Leeds Fine Artists (founded in 1874) & a member of the  Association of British Naive Artists.

My paintings are very heavily guided by the emotions a particular scene or moment evokes in me. It’s this feeling that I try to convey to the viewer.

It might be something as simple as smoke drifting from a chimney pot or silhouette created by a particular light source. It may be the strength or history, which emanates from an everyday object or piece of architecture.

Over time I’ve discovered that I can best achieve this by exaggerating/characterising colour, manipulating perspective slightly & pushing shape & form to arrive, hopefully, at a nicely balanced place, where the image created has not only captured the physical qualities of the scene, but more importantly, the feeling of the occasion.

I’m a self taught painter & not locked into approaching my work with any particular procedure or direction in mind.

However, I take photographs of my subjects, but like to rely on memory & imagination, the ultimate goal being, to recreate exactly what I’m feeling onto a flat surface.

I don’t do preliminary drawings, instead I prefer to adopt a more organic approach & design the paintings as I go. This helps the end product retain a freshness & feeling of spontaneity.

I always have an image & mood in my mind’s eye that I’m trying to put down and I find that working this way allows me to be flexible & go with any happy accidents that more than likely will occur. It’s these little surprises that I can adopt & learn from & take into my next painting.

I enjoy the journey that this direct & unstructured approach takes me on & find that it enables me to either get close to achieving what I had in mind & heart or on occasion, arrive somewhere unexpected but as rewarding.

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Mark Sofilas

A patch of blue

 A view from the hill across to Hebden Bridge, Calder Valley in West Yorkshire.For..

£150.00

Mark Sofilas

A time to reflect

Format: Limited edition Giclee printed on 310 gsm PH neutral fine art archival paper. Single..

£150.00

Mark Sofilas

A walk above the rooftops

 Whitby Harbour North YorkshireFormat: Limited edition Giclee printed on 310 gsm PH n..

£70.00

Mark Sofilas

Almost Home

A fishing boat’s safe return at dusk to Whitby Harbour, North YorkshireFormat: Limited ..

£150.00

Mark Sofilas

Another chat

Fishermen at Whitby harbour, North Yorkshire, taking time to chat.Format: Limited editi..

£150.00

Mark Sofilas

At ease

Fishing boats at Staithes Harbour, North Yorkshire. Taking some well deserved rest.Format:&n..

£150.00

Mark Sofilas

Bayside

Comings & goings at the Bay Hotel, Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire.Format: Limite..

£150.00

Mark Sofilas

Derwent water

A dreamy & reflective day on the water in the Lake District, Cumbria.Format: Open editio..

£70.00

Mark Sofilas

Free range

Happy chickens & cockerel at a working farm near Scarborough, North YorkshireFormat:&nbs..

£150.00

Mark Sofilas

Grand old Staithes

A view from Cowbar in the fishing village of Staithes. Always provides inspiration.Format:&n..

£150.00

Mark Sofilas

Happy days Knaresborough

A lazy & sunny day on the River Nidd, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.Format: Limite..

£150.00

Mark Sofilas

Hebden Locks

Format: Limited edition Giclee printed on 310 gsm PH neutral fine art archival paper. Single..

£150.00

Mark Sofilas

Hebden locks revisited

Another visit to Hebden Bridge, a market town at the meeting of the River Calder & the River ..

£70.00

Mark Sofilas

Last light (Knaresborough)

Beautiful late afternoon light at Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.Format: Limited editio..

£150.00

Mark Sofilas

Last light Whitby

Beautiful light fills a calm Whitby Harbour, as the sun sets in the west.Format: Open editio..

£70.00