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Born in Australia in 1974 but raised in the UK, Mark went on to study Fine Art (drawing and painting) at Duncan of Jordanstone College where he achieved a BA (Hons) Degree. During his final year he entered a Self Portrait into the BP Portrait Awards and his entry was used to advertise the competition nationwide. 

This "Lucky Break" established his reputatiuon for being a portrait painter and commissions started coming in. Since then he has successfully completed over 100 portraits for a variety of clients, companies and institutions, won a number of awards including the much respected Ondaatjie Award for portraiture and in 2016 became an fully elected member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

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Self Portrait (detail),
Mark Roscoe,
Oil on canvas,
72″ x 50″

Lisa: What did winning the 2017 Jackson’s Open Painting Prize mean to you?

Mark: When I received the e-mail I think my wife and I spent a few minutes jumping up and down in the kitchen, as you do, I was ecstatic, then the reality started to kick in and it all became very surreal.

I’m sure there was around 2000 initial entries to the competition so to have won first prize was a great achievement but at the same time very very lucky. I also felt it was a win for portraiture itself, being that there was quite a number of portraits in the final 25 shortlisted works.

Read of the rest Mark's interview on our blog