TIPPETT – painted portraits
Location: Sydney
Country: Australia

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Mark Tippett (TIPPETT) has been a commercial artist, art director, master soapmaker, copy editor, published author, trainer, caricaturist and painter. His art career spans over 25 years. He has entered the Archibald Prize four times, and the Bald Archy Prize, nine times, as a finalist. Subjects for the Archibald have included dual Olympic gold medallist sports shooter, Michael Diamond, Prof Gordian Fulde from Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital and champion marathon swimmer, Susie Maroney and OzHarvest inspiration and CEO, Ronni Kahn.


Let TIPPETT create a work with personality to hang in your home or office of your favourite inspiration – singer, actor, family member. He also has a catalogue of other works, just email him for a catalogue. Ordering is easy: Works are completed from brief to final quite quickly, to allow drying time (which can be up to 8 weeks).


TIPPETT specialises in commissioned fast and fresh expressionist portraiture. He has Degree in Fine Arts and is also a qualified trainer, teaching art classes to all ages. Clients include the Sydney Art School, Art Gallery of NSW and high schools and community groups.


His current expressionist work focuses on the essence of face, using gestural marks to capture the image in impastoed lines and contours, using a limited palette, fauvist-style complementary colours in shadows and lights and experimenting with built up oil glazes to express transparency of fame. His work, often experimentive in nature. He wants to create awareness to the viewer of complexities of personality and colourful deftness of character. Influences include Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud, André Derain, Ben Quilty, Adam Cullen and Anh Do.


As seen on Channel 7Two's Get Arty children's program.



Awards / shows / sales


Sculpted faces exhibition planned for early 2019

Solo exhibition Expressionism 2018 – Gallery 371 (March 2018)

Finalist in Who is Looking at You? Portrait Prize 2018 (Melbourne) with Half shaven – a self portrait

Selected in Rock Legends exhibition at The Loftworks Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, October 2017

Solo exhibition Expressionism 2017 - May 2017

2nd Prize in Category at Aspects Art Show, Goondiwindi Qld, May 2017

Shortlisted in the Bald Archy Prize in 2013, 2015 and an exhibiting finalist in 2010-18 (Entries sold, 2010-2013, 2015-17).

Selected for the Who is Looking at You? Portrait Prize 2016 (Melbourne)

Artworks sold through Lawsons auctioneers

Represented by ArtInvest selling agent and work available online at lloydsauctions.com.au




Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts)

Diploma of Commercial Art

Diploma of Vocational Training and Education


25 years' experience in art and creative fields


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