Brighton based photographer Mark Vessey blurs the lines between photographer and contemporary artist. Heavily influenced by Pop American culture, with Warhol and Haring particular heroes, Vessey uses his lens much as a painter uses his brushes, using light, colour and focus to produce his stunning and uniquely popular images.
His photographs of iconic pop culture heritage have now become icons themselves, highly prized in international collections and exhibited in such respected institutions as the Royal Academy. Both his group and solo exhibitions at galleries and international art fairs have been to huge acclaim and success and his work has been discussed in publications as diverse as Attitude magazine to The Times. He has further produced cover images for several books and been commissioned to take striking portraits of various personalities.
His Attitude photograph has become a defining image of recent pop culture history, as read along the spines of the eponymous magazine. His much-loved homage to the famed New York nightclub Studio 54 is portrait-like not only in its portrayal of the building’s history through its closed ‘face’, but with an image as timelessly cool as the nightspot itself.
Mark Vessey also celebrates one of the enduring icons of the publishing world the Penguin paperback book.
Mark Vessey explains: “My work is about trying to establish a sense of order. There is comfort in collecting things, studying things that people take for granted, grouping every day objects into such a way that they become something special, seeing how they fit together to become a thing of great beauty.”