About the artist
Marc was born in Pretoria, South Africa, but now lives and works in Cape Town. He is best known for his hyper-realistic portraiture and wildlife paintings.
Marc qualified and worked as a Museum Technologist and Curator for the Pretoria Art Museum. He paints mostly in oils in the style of the traditional realist, but he also enjoys combining the art of gilding and texturing in his paintings. He aims always to capture and express subjects and themes about our world and the human condition, especially those themes that challenge the way we live.
His interest in art started when as a young child, he discovered an ability to replicate on canvas with accuracy what he saw in nature. In December 1994 his career as the Museum Technologist at the Pretoria Art Museum and within two weeks began a reproduction of a 17th Century Dutch Master’s painting. Since that time he has made near-perfect replicas of some great pieces. It was also during this time that he started a work amongst orphans and vulnerable street children, using art as a medium for healing. This turned into a very successful not-for-profit organization called ‘The Tshwane Art Kids’ which brought healing and restoration to many Children.
In 2010 – 2012, Marc focused on South African heritage and iconic portraits of late President Nelson Mandela. During this time he produced his acclaimed Legacy Series.
Marc is a forerunner amongst South Africa’s contemporary artists and has a substantial international following of collectors. Since August 2015, Marc and his wife Lindy have been directing and managing The Studio Art Gallery, which they now own. This gallery has become a sought-after contemporary art space with a dynamic exhibitions calendar.
Many of Marc’s artworks are available as fine art digital prints. Professionally photographed and printed on large format inkjet printers, these prints are limited edition numbered bottom left and signed bottom right. The paper used is 320g Hahnemuhlearchival watercolour paper or Van Gogh cotton canvas. The process employs fade resistant, HP Vivera archival inks, which boast a 100+ year fade-proof guarantee.
These prints are also available in varying sizes. The paper prints are sold plastic wrapped on an acid-free foamcore backing board. The prints on canvas can be provided stretched or rolled in a core for easy transporting. The canvas print is treated with a high quality scratch resistant matt art-sealant. Directly behind the stretched canvas print is a fixed board which gives the frame rigidity, prevents warping and ensures the frame hangs flush against the wall. Large frames are cross braced to further prevent warping.
Some of Marc’s artworks are sold out of his studio, directly to buyers, but he has found that having a strong representation amongst established galleries and agencies, has been beneficial. In December 2015 The Studio Art Gallery, of which Marc is a co-owner, situated at the new art center on Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie, opened its doors to the public. In addition to a good representation of Marc’s artwork this gallery also represents a select group of other artists, including South Africa’s top landscape painter Donna McKellar.
Besides this website, you will also find Marc’s artwork represented by various selling platforms that have a respectable online profile.