Mark Grieves was born in North Shields in 1971. He is attracted to interesting shapes and shadows, light and contrast. He is inspired by dreams from childhood and a love of comic book art.
Working exclusively in oils, he applies the paint directly onto the canvas without making preliminary sketches. Once he is happy with the layout of a painting, he will start building up layers of colour. He paints the figures last, as he feels they ultimately bring his paintings to life.