Petty, half English and half Irish is a self-taught artist from London. Immersed in the commercial art market working as a graphic designer and illustrator for 22 years saw him produce work for brands from Vivienne Westwood to Porsche. Has enabled his practice to be technical and continually reach a high design quality. Mark has exhibited in fairs and galleries across the UK
Petty works using a complex and interesting technique called reverse hand-pulled screen printing. This requires screen printing in reverse
directly onto several sheets of glass incorporating gold and silver leaf, paint, and diamond dust. This process means that no two works are the same. The image may be similar and are produced to be part of an edition but each one is unique. This method also lets the viewer clearly see his process and every detail.
There is a strong environmental focus within Petty’s work. He created a body of work called ‘Ocean Life’ in which artworks were made up of entirely recycled materials or made-up plastic from the ocean. The glass was locally sourced, or offcuts and the frames were made in collaboration with onetreeplanted.org, counteracting the carbon on each frame. Some pieces were appropriately titled ‘All Hands To The Pump’ and ‘Formidable Water’ whilst others portrayed a coffee cup with a ‘X’ on titled Expresso Yourself. IIF are thrilled to represent an artist who pushes his own boundaries, continually creating humorous artworks whilst subtlety comment on the current climate and our world today.