Mark Pawson Biographies and Artist's Statements!
MARK PAWSON Biographies / Artist's Statements!



Mark Pawson is a self-confessed image junkie, photocopier fetishist, semi-retired International Postal Art
Superstar and afficionado of accessible, affordable, low-tech hi-fi printing methods, his favourite toys/tools
are rubberstamps, photocopiers and of course the Print Gocco.
Born in 1964, grew up in Cheshire, lives in London and never went to Art School.
Mark Pawson is a one-man production line creating and selling a constant stream of artists books, postcards, badges, multiples, T-shirts and other essential ephemera. He has collaborated with Tatty Devine , worked with Levis Vintage Clothing and received research funding from London College of Communication. His books are in the collections of the Tate Gallery Library, London, MOMA Library, New York and Bjrk.
He's a virtual one-man production line creating a constant stream of artists books, multiples, prints, postcards, badges, t-shirts and other essential ephemera. He has collaborated with Tatty Devine and worked with Levis Vintage Clothing.
His books have been acquired by the Tate Gallery Library, London, the National Art Library at the V&A, London, MOMA, New York and Bjrk.
His work has appeared in Creative Review, Relax (Japan) and Dish (Japan). and written for Cheap Date, Variant, the Modern Review
The 1999 retrospective exhibition 'No New Work' was reviewed in Art Monthly (Sept 1999), and he has been described as a 'Lounge lizard of the subculture salon.' by the Modern Review.
He has exhibited at Transmission in Glasgow, Catalyst in Belfast, The Horse Hospital and Tatty Devine in London and Metropolis Rise: New Art from London, at 798 Space, Beijing, China.
www.mpawson.demon.co.uk


Mark Pawson is a self-confessed Image Junkie, Photocopier Fetishist and Print Gocco Fiend. He's a one-man production line since 1987 creating a constant stream of artists books, postcards, badges, multiples and other essential ephemera. He has collaborated with Tatty Devine, worked with Levis Vintage Clothing and received research funding from London College of Communication. His books are in the collections of the Tate Gallery Library, London, MOMA Library, New York and Bjrk.


Born in 1964, he grew up in Cheshire, has lived in East London since 1982 and never went to Art School.
Mark Pawson is a self-confessed Image Junkie, Photocopier Fetishist, semi-retired International Postal Art Superstar, gang leader of the Aggressive School of Cultural Workers and afficionado of accessible, affordable, low-tech hi-fi printing methods, his favourite toys/tools are rubberstamps, photocopiers and the Japanese Print Gocco.
Fiercely independent, he's deliberately sidestepped galleries and instead focussed on making cheap editions - he's a one-man production line creating and selling a constant stream of artists books, postcards, badges, multiples, T-shirts and other essential ephemera, work which has it's roots in Fluxus, the Mailart Network and D.I.Y. self-publishing,
Pawson's products inhabit the territory between fanzines and artist's books, straddling the worlds of pop culture and fine art.
He has collaborated with Tatty Devine and worked with Levis Vintage Clothing.
Books are in the collections of the Tate Gallery Library, London, MOMA Library, New York and Bjrk.
His work has been featured in Badge/Button/Pin (Lawrence King, 2007), more paperwork (Phaidon 2005), and Experimental Layout (Rotovision 2001).
Recent Solo Shows; What are you working on at the moment?,what are you collecting at the moment?, The Horse Hospital, London, 2008, Handmade, Readymade, Lazercut, Here, Bristol 2007, Window 06, Angel Row, Nottingham
Recent Group Show; Press and Release, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, 2008, Metropolis Rise: New Art from London, at 798 Space, Beijing, China, 2006.
Curating:- Counter Intelligence, 121 Centre Brixton London, 1994. Wide ranging survey of UK Small Press Publications, co-curated with Jason Skeet, which also toured to Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York (catalogue).
Retailing:- Strangely Satisfying 1997-2001, Stables Market Camden, London, with C.Lamb and I.Lowey.
contact; 020 7375 1175 www.mpawson.demon.co.uk

Labels such as copier art or mail art certainly fit aspects of Pawson's work, but they do not describe its totality, for as important as printing, publishing and assembling are to him, so too are collecting and retailing. But there is an unusual continuity among these preoccupations... Pawson disseminates his striking graphic work and messages through a variety of means that are very effective in reaching a mixed and diffuse audience. Clive Phillpot in Art Monthly

Each lovingly created Pawson printed item comes discreetly adorned with the moniker "Handprinted in my living room", or is individually signed and numbered. By contrast to this emphasis on the handmade process he uses, the graphic language of Pawson's work mimics the gaudy world of mass-production. It's a tension that characterises Pawson's work as much more than a simple commercial practice. Angharad Lewis in Grafik

'Lounge lizard of the subculture salon.' the Modern Review.


Mark Pawson. Born in 1964, grew up in Cheshire, lives in London and never went to Art School. Mark Pawson is an Image Junkie, Photocopier Fetishist, Print Gocco Fiend and gang leader of the Aggressive School of Cultural Workers. He's a one-man production line creating and selling a constant stream of artists books, postcards, badges, multiples, T-shirts and other essential ephemera. He has collaborated with Tatty Devine , worked with Levis Vintage Clothing and received research funding from London College of Communication. His books are in the collections of the Tate Gallery Library, London, MOMA Library, New York and Bjrk. The Modern Review described him as a 'Lounge Lizard of the Subculture Salon.'


Mark Pawson is a self-confessed image junkie, photocopier fetishist, semi-retired International Postal Art Superstar and afficionado of accessible, affordable, low-tech hi-fi printing methods, his favourite toys/tools are rubberstamps, photocopiers and the Japanese Print Gocco.
He's a virtual one-man production line creating a constant stream of artists books, multiples, prints, postcards, badges, t-shirts and other essential ephemera. He has collaborated with Tatty Devine and worked with Levis Vintage Clothing.
His books have been acquired by the Tate Gallery Library, London, the National Art Library at the V&A, London, MOMA, New York and Bjork.
His work has appeared in Creative Review, Cheap Date, Variant, Relax (Japan) and Dish (Japan).
The 1999 retrospective exhibition 'No New Work' was reviewed in Art Monthly (Sept 1999), and he has been described as a 'Lounge lizard of the subculture salon.' by the Modern Review.
He has exhibited at Transmission in Glasgow, Catalyst in Belfast, Tatty Devine in London, Multiplus in Leeds and in Metropolis Rise: New Art from London, Beijing, China.
www.mpawson.demon.co.uk