It’s not often you hear of someone who has scored two of their dream jobs, but Georgie Marks has!
Working as an interior designer (for Mim Design) by day and as an artist (under the pseudonym Art by George) by night, she has just released her first body of work: It started with a house. “My current series was a response to spatial planning, the story behind designing and building my mother’s and my home. The geometry, the overlay, the patterns, the stories sparked a really exciting narrative, so I choose to convey this journey through canvas.”
When she’s not busy working or renovating, Georgie spends all her hours creating art. “I can’t turn off. I am forever designing the next work. I close my eyes and design pieces in my head. I have a notepad beside me wherever I am, new ideas, new concepts, and the delivery processes are forever playing on my mind. It’s a really exciting time for any new artist or designer.”
Primarily using acrylic on canvas – though she also uses mediums such as gesso, impasto and crackling medium – Georgie creates her artworks in quite a controlled manner. “I design the artwork on the computer via Photoshop, as this allows myself or my client to picture the artwork prior to its manufacture. Then all of my artworks’ colours are custom mixed and colour matched to the artwork I create via the computer.”
Having studied interior architecture at university, by all accounts Georgie is a self-taught artist; though art has certainly been a longtime passion. “My love of all things design and art started at a young age. I had an obsession with drawing faces, I drew until I perfected the perfect portrait, it was my daily obsession. It started with pencils and crayons and finished with acrylic on canvas. My obsession was based on the perfection of the human form, which is such a contrast to the work I am producing now.”
While Georgie has big plans for the future, she is confident she won’t be giving up either of her loves anytime soon. “In five years time I would love to say that Art by George would be a known name in the art industry and my passion for the design industry was still growing daily. I will forever stay an interior designer, I think the two work really well hand in hand.”