Mark Titmarsh PhD, is a visual artist working in painting, video and text. His paintings and filmwork are currently held in public collections across Australia, and in private collections in Europe and the United States.
He is the author of Expanded Painting recently published by Bloomsbury.
In the1980s he established an international reputation as an experimental filmmaker exhibiting in Europe, North America and South America winning awards at Ann Arbor and Montreal International Festivals. In Australia he was a significant contributor to the development of the postmodern debate in the visual arts in his role as co-editor of the Visual Arts magazine, On the Beach and as a new image painter included in Perspecta, Art Gallery of NSW, 1989.
In the 1990s he co-founded the Sydney based artists group Art Hotline that exhibited ephemeral works in non-gallery everyday sites. He also edited a book documenting their activities between 1992 and 1995. Much of this work could be described as post-painting objects in that they take the form of 3 dimensional constructions that refer specifically to the conceptual aspects of painting. His screen based work included video and experimental websites that were exhibited in Multimedia Arts Asia Pacific in 2000.
His current work, executed under the rubric of ‘expanded painting’, is a form of painting as constructed colour that dissimulates into objects, videos, performances and texts. Recent work has included paintings on industrial materials, environments of fluorescent string, video works for mobile phones and performances using painterly materials. In early 2006 he was a cofounder of the artist run space, Loose Projects.
Mark is currently a tenured, part time lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies, School of Design, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, where he has taught since 1999.
Prior to taking up these appointments, he was a lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney where he has taught Theory and History of Art Production, Studio Theory, Electronic and Temporal Arts, and Painting, lecturer in the School of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Western Sydney. Previously, he taught Drawing (Visual Research Illustration) in the Design School, University of Western Sydney; the College of Fine Art, University of New South Wales; and the National Art School. Additionally, Mark has taught Video, Filmmaking, Art History and Theory, and Mass Media and Popular Culture.
Mark is active in issues surrounding the arts, having been a co-founding member of WAAR (Working Artists Against Ralph) and PEAASS (Promoting Electoral Awareness of the Artist’s Status in Society), two groups that were formed to defend artists’ rights and raise awareness of their contribution to the national cultural environment. He was a co-founding member of Group 3 three, an artists’ collaboration exploring the boundaries of painterly practice through installation and photographic documentation; and Art Hotline, a consortium of 20 artists working mainly in ephemera and installation. He was the co-founding editor and a regular contributor to the Sydney-based visual arts magazine, On the Beach, as well as a contributing writer for Australian Art Collector magazine, where he was Associate Editor from 1997 to 2001.
Mark was a co-founding member of the Super 8 Film Group, a Sydney-based organization for the promotion, distribution, and exhibition of Australian professional experimental filmmaking. He was the founding member of Metaphysical TV -- a group of 5 experimental filmmakers whose work relied on reconstructing fragments appropriated from television imagery – and Assistant Coordinator, and then National Coordinator, of the New Image Research program at the Australian Film Commission from 1991 to 1994.
Among other qualifications, Mark holds a PhD degree in Painting from the Universtiy of Tecnology Sydney and a Masters degree in Visual Arts in Painting from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, and has studied at St. Martin’s College of Art, London; the University of London; and the Pietro Vannucci School of Fine Arts and the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy.