Sparrow Hawk

Mark Upton (Born 1964)

Sparrow Hawk
Size (inches): 12 (h) x 9.5 (w) inches
Size (cm): 30.5 (h) x 24.1 (w) cm

Mark Upton is an English artist born in Wiltshire in 1964. He specialises in portraits of animals, particularly horses and falcons. His main media are oil paint, watercolour and pencil. Upton was brought up in a very artistic background. His father painted wildlife pictures, his uncle, Peter Upton was a well known equine artist and his grandmother had been an artist and fashion designer. Upton is also very well known in the falconry world as one of the top artists as well as an extremely dedicated and good falconer. Instead of going on to do a Fine Art Degree at Art School Mark went straight into a painting career. Soon forging a name for himself in the country and sporting art world. In the UK Mark's most important patron was HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother who bought various paintings from him including Scottish landscapes and sporting paintings. He has also painted for bodies like the Injured Jockeys Fund, Countryside Alliance, the Game Conservancy and Spinal Injuries Association.