Jade van der Mark
Jade van der Mark (Bergen, the Netherlands, 1990) is a Dutch Contemporary figurative painter. Based between Amsterdam and London, she is a self- taught female painter that explores contemporary and examines the dichotomy of crowds and human intimacy.
Her large-scale group portraits of cities’ inhabitants highlight issues of overpopulation, greed, burnouts and oppression. The colourful and lively figures remind us of a shared humanity. Thereby, the works are a colourful reflection on the fast-paced city lives of the city’s people. Each work is telling the story of strangers, who don’t know they’re being painted, but are brought together to create a unified story of our world.
In her works, van der Mark uses cities and crowds as a source of inspiration, sketching in the heart of the capital and documenting the vibrancy of urban life. Her large-scale portraits of cities’ inhabitants highlight issues of overpopulation, isolation, greed and oppression, while through colourful and lively figures her works remind us of our shared humanity. Playful but profound, her paintings make the mundane vibrant and beautiful, with an edge of melancholia.
The attention to texture is crucial to van der Mark’s practice as a whole, which combines a passion of painting with an education in Fashion, obtained at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. A self-taught weaver, she weaves her paintings into elaborate and distinctive items of clothing, works of art in and of themselves. During Milan Fashion Week 2016 she was awarded the Dutch Fashion Award for her exceptional designs. Since 2017, van der Mark has been completely focused on painting.
Van der Mark has showcased and sold her works widely in the Netherlands and internationally, exhibiting in Amsterdam, Brussels, London and Milan. This includes a solo show at ING Headquarters in Amsterdam and participation in Salone Mobile Design Week in Milan and a solo exhibition at Pi artworks gallery in London.