Painter working in Boyd School Studios

About Mark

Mark Cowell is a Post-Graffiti Expressionist painter. Mark survived a tumultuous upbringing by Mark indulging in escapism, venturing into the night and painting on the streets from 1992 through to the end of the decade. Some of these paintings still exist, preserved by property owners including several works throughout the iconic Brisbane Powerhouse.

Mark worked in the community sector for several years, then switched to the dark arts of the advertising industry; concurrently completing a Bachelor of Business. The urge to paint began to gnaw at Mark again. Knowing he couldn’t recommence illegal street painting, an alternative path presented itself, winning a 2011 commission to paint a mural for the South Melbourne Markets.

Mark’s mural business, Melbourne Mural Co supports his studio practice. Recent commissioned murals have featured in the Weekend Australian Magazine and photos documenting his early street works were appeared in Australia’s seminal street art publication, Blitzkrieg. 

His studio practice centres on the experimental use of spray-paint alongside traditional mediums to produce vibrant Expressionist pieces. His current body of work explores the way complex external inputs distort and augment the way people curate identities. 

How do you use your space?

Efficiently! I have uninterrupted, focussed creative time. I don't do any administrative work here, I design murals, experiment, slowly develop half baked ideas and work on my paintings to exhibit.