The art exhibition, Arfordir/Coast by Mark Raggett was officially opened by Jamie Leonard, Film Production Designer, at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 12 October.
In his opening speech, Mr Leonard spoke of Mark as “a man of many creative talents,” stating that “his skill as an artist is evident throughout the gallery.” He went on to say, “Mark was brought up in Solva and he started to paint his natural surroundings whilst he was in school. He loves Pembrokeshire, the light and the colours and the moods of the county and his images are visceral responses to the coastal landscape. Mark is a sensational but unorthodox painter who likes to push boundaries of colour and texture and his work celebrates the natural form, atmosphere and personality of the Pembrokeshire landscape.”
Mark studied Fine Art at Reading University between 1972 and 1976. He worked as a scenic artist/props maker for the National Theatre, the Royal Opera House and the Coliseum and in 1979 he joined the design department at Thames Television. Mark continues to work as Art Director on many well-known film productions and his work on previous films have included the Johnny Depp chiller From Hell, Calendar Girls, the Dylan Thomas biopic The Edge of Love, which was partly filmed in Tenby, Shakespeare in Love and various episodes of Inspector Morse. Mark was recently elected to the Royal Watercolour Society, the only person to have been done so in 2011. He has had several one man art exhibitions both in the UK and abroad.
Honorary Curator Dr Kathy Talbot, artist Mark Raggett and Jamie Leonard at the official opening of Mark’s new show Arfordir/Coast at Tenby Museum.