Mark Wigan explains transglobal art and club culture

Published: Tuesday 18th April 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Mark Wigan has fast become one of the UK’s most influential graphic artists. We caught up with him to find out more about his current exhibition.

“The Transglobal Art of Mark Wigan features a diverse range of work, from paintings, prints and sculptures, to videos of live art performances,” Mark tells us.

There is a mixture of both recent and earlier work on display at The Museum of Club Culture until June. The vibrant showcase documents thirty years of painting and drawing.

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“My work is influenced heavily by tribal art. I’m interested in intuitive mark making and vibrant colours,” Mark explains.

“Over the years, I have developed my own signature style and personal visual language.”

Graduating in 1982 from the Hull School of Art and Design, Mark has since been based all over the world, painting and creating art.

For twenty years he lived in London and immersed himself in the club scene, regularly reporting on clubs for i-D fashion magazine and even running his own nightclub in Soho.

“I often designed logos and T-shirts for bands and venues. This was around the same time that acid house really took off. I also designed the interior of my club.”

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In 2010, Mark returned to Hull with his wife and set up the Museum of Club Culture:

“We put on regular exhibitions related to music, fashion and nightclubs,” he expands. “Transglobal Art ties in with this, as a lot of my work is inspired by the music, dancing and general atmosphere of nightclubs.”

“Club culture dates back to the 1920s, but the concept of people coming together as a community is very tribal.”

The videos playing during the exhibition show Mark painting live murals in streets across the world.

“An artist who I was working with in the 1980s called us ‘urbanites’. We were creating a form of urban art.”

“We took inspiration from the graffiti scene but worked in an illustrative way, using paintbrushes instead of spray cans.”

Mark has travelled across the USA, Asia and Europe to design sets for theatre and television, animations, textiles, public art and music graphics.

More recently, his eye-catching work has featured on a collection of boots, backpacks and T-shirts for Dr Martens. Wigan has also made a lasting mark on the UK City of Culture.

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“I’ve designed a T-shirt for each of the four seasons of Hull 2017,” he enthuses. “They are on sale in House of Fraser, opposite Paragon Interchange.”

Already hugely successful since the launch night earlier this month, The Transglobal Art of Mark Wigan is a must-see for anyone who loves vivid, striking and distinctive artwork.

You can view the exhibition at The Museum of Club Culture at 42 High Street on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-4:30pm until June.

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Published: Tuesday 18th April 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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