Mark Fairnington: Sottobosco — Tales From the Undergrowth

Thu – Sat, 11am – 5pm; Sun, 12 – 5pm

Preview 26 July, 7 – 10.30pm

Globe Gallery

For its inaugural show in its new premises, Globe Gallery presents an exhibition of work by Mark Fairnington, whose paintings are known for their intense realism and observed detail. 

Mark Fairnington’s paintings vary tremendously in scale from large scale paintings of mounted insects, taxidermy displays of birds, flowers, portraits of prize stud bulls to the series of miniature eye paintings. His interest is resolutely in the eccentricities the one required to stand in for all; the specimen and the subjects of Fairnington’s paintings are made more singular through being painted. He is building a sort of ark – a raft of individual creatures and typologies of painting – which probes the possibility of realism.

Previous exhibitions include a solo exhibition Collected and Possessed at the Horniman Museum, London (2015) and exhibitions A Duck for Mr Darwin at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (2009) and Fabulous Beasts at the Natural History Museum (2004). Unnatural History (2012), published by Peter Zimmermann Gallery, is a monograph of the artist’s work with a text by Darian Leader.

97 Howard Street North Shields NE30 1NA

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27 July—20 September 2024


  • Thu 11am – 5pm
  • Fri 11am – 5pm
  • Sat 11am – 5pm
  • Sun 12 – 5pm
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