Mark Brazier-Jones, 'The Character'
Elisabeth Delacarte met him at the very beginning of his career. Recognizing the talent of a true artist with exceptional potential, she has represented him in her gallery ever since. His works now grace several museums including the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.
New Zealander Mark Brazier-Jones launched his career creating video clip sets for Queen, Duran Duran or David Bowie...for seven years witnessing the destruction of his works as productions ended.
Having grown weary of things ephemeral, he dedicated himself to sculpture, without compromise. He also co-founded the Creative Salvage Group with friends Tom Dixon and Nick Jones, later joined by André Dubreuil.
In 1986, he found his calling: Functional Art. He now painted with his soldering iron and forged beauty on his anvil, sculpting salvaged materials. His first creations or objets d’art were exhibited at the Avant-Scène gallery, the beginning of a relationship that lasts to this day.
A great admirer of Bernini, one of the major artists of the Italian Baroque period, Brazier-Jones draws his sources of inspiration from the imagery of all ages.
An enthusiast of both esotericism and science fiction, he never ceases to extend his surprising creativity though his use of universal symbols.
Combining bronze, crystals, metals and fabrics, he brings to every one of his creations the meticulous care of a whimsical child for whom no dream is unachievable.
Monograph: "Mark BRAZIER- JONES". Fiell Publishing, editor
Mark Brazier-Jones was born in Auckland, New Zealand into an artistic family of Swedish origin. His mother was a botanist and both his father and paternal grandfather were painters. His maternal grandfather, Herbert Tornquist, a landscape artist, was also a photographer.
In a country where nature is ever present, freedom is a leitmotiv and action a way of life, young Mark was able to give a free rein to his curiosity and imagination while learning to trust his own abilities to make whatever he set his mind to.
As a child, he was raised between the city and the beach and the family “bach”, a Robinson Crusoesque house his parents built in the heart of the bush. “A paradise”, he recalls.
The family move to the suburbs of London in the U.K. was quite a shock for the then 12-year-old, but no lasting impact was felt as Mark’s personality was already solidly anchored.
While studying at Hornsey College of Art, he began creating sets for video clip productions of such clients as Duran Duran, Queen, Elton John, Visage, Ultravox or David Bowie. Mark remained at it for 7 years before switching from the impermanent to the durable and this, in every sense of the word, as he decided to work with solid waste objects to transform them into functional contemporary sculptures.
He launched his first furniture collection in 1983 when he co-founded the Creative Salvage group with friends Nick Jones and Tom Dixon, sharing a workshop with them. They were soon joined by French artist André Dubreuil.
After three years in such a creative melting pot, all would go their separate ways. It was at that time that Elizabeth Delacarte discovered his creations and decided to show them in France at her Parisian Avant-Scène gallery.
Leaving the Notting Hill workshop, Mark Brazier-Jones moved then to the country into a 16th century farm, using the transformed barn as his creative space. He was free in his own English “bach” to explore all of the techniques and unleash to his limitless imagination.
Mark Brazier Jones in 6 Dates
1956 Birth in Auckland, New Zealand
1968 Move to the U.K.
1983 Founding of the Creative Salvage group with Tom Dixon and Nick Jones, to be joined by André Dubreuil.
1986 First creations exhibited at Avant-Scène, Paris
1988 Move in Hertfordshire, U.K.
1990 First solo exhibition at Avant-Scène, Paris
The works of Mark Brazier-Jones are part of the permanent collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris), the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), The Museum of Fine Art (Boston), The Brooklyn Museum or The Museum of Art & Design (New York).