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Mark Bletcher: Blue Like Ash or Smoke

Mon – Fri, 9.30am – 5pm

Newcastle Arts Centre

An exploration of the role of myth in shaping identity, Blue Like Ash or Smoke is a small showcase of a wider series of work by Mark Bletcher.

Inspired by a contemporary engagement with historical fragmented texts, including popular examples like the Iliad, the artist invites us to wonder what might be lost, obscured, or transformed by our limited understating of the past, and how these stories can be retold.

Mark Bletcher (b. 1995) lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne. His work explores themes of subjectivity, narrative and magical realism. He received his BA in Fine Art from Newcastle University (2019) and has been recognised for his achievements in painting, drawing and printmaking.

Bletcher was a recipient of the Gwen May award from Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (2020) and shortlisted for both the Woon Art Prize (2019) and the Young Contemporary Artist Award (2020). He is a recent recipient of the Elizabeth Greensheilds Award (2023-4) for his work in representational painting. He is a co-founder and director of MinutesOn, a project that builds community through conversations with artists.