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Mark Thurman

Artist Summary

Mark Thurman graduated from the Central Technical School Art Program in 1966, and has been a working artist since then. As an artist his primary focus has been the human figure and portraits. He works in several different styles: realistic, impressionistic and symbolic.  Price Range: $250 – $850

Full Biography

Mark Thurman

Mark graduated from the Central Technical School Art Program in 1966, and has been a working artist since that time. He has worked as an illustrator, a designer and has shown as a gallery artist. He has taught life drawing anatomy and illustration/design at the Toronto School of Art, anatomy/figure drawing at OCAD, and picture-book illustration and figure drawing at Central Technical School. Currently, he teaches anatomy/figure drawing in the Classical Animation department at Sheridan College.

He is best known as a children’s author illustrator. He has written and illustrated 16 books and designed and illustrated more than 25 books for other authors. He was co- creator and illustrator of the “Mighty Mites”, a scientific comic, in Owl Magazine. From 1976 to 1991, he co-authored (with Emily Hearn) and illustrated 153 episodes. He has appeared on TVO Kids, Romper Room, Mr. Dress-up, Polka Dot Door and Caribou Club.

As an author/illustrator he has toured Canada extensively, sharing his stories and ideas with children and teachers in hundreds of schools. “Constant touring means being on the road, I’m a travelling salesman — only I’m selling information, ideas and inspiration.”

As a gallery artist his primary focus has been the human figure and portraits. He works in several different styles — realistic, impressionistic and the symbolic — according to the requirements and mood of the subject matter.

The Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books at the Toronto Public Library, Lillian H. Smith Branch, has an extensive collection of Mark Thurman’s work as it applies to his books and book illustration. A commissioned portrait of Edgar Osborne painted by Mark Thurman hangs in the library conference room.

He is a member of CANSCAIP, IBBY, Writers’ Union of Canada, and ACTRA.

Gallery Shows

1969 Masterpiece Gallery, Toronto – Solo show

1969 to 1972 Masterpiece Gallery, Toronto – Group shows

1973 Sir George Williams University, Montreal – Group show

1973 The Evans Gallery, Toronto – Group show

1975 Gallery O, Toronto – Group show

1976 The Evans Gallery, Toronto – Solo show

1990 Canada at Bologna, Italy – Group show of book illustrators/books

1990 to 2000 “CANSCAIP Tours”, Canadian book illustrations exhibited across Canada

1994 O’Keefe Centre, Toronto – Group shows

1995 to 2003 Circle Arts, Tobermory, Ontario – Group shows

1995 to present Painted City, Toronto – Solo show and group shows

1998 to present Walter’s Falls, Ontario – Walter’s Falls Group of Artist Summer Exhibitions

2003 to present The DeBoer Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario – Group shows

Artist’s Statement

“The human figure has been a focus since my art school days over 40 years ago. My early figurative work was influenced by the Renaissance – Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, Etc.

Recently my work is more about the gestural movement and rhythms of the human figure, alone or in groupings. The accidental relationships, rhythms and design in these works are exciting and esthetically pleasing.”  Mark Thurman