marcus hodge painting

Marcus Hodge is known for his energetic painterly style. His work is distinctive for the vitality it captures in his passion for paint, where the material and the subject are of equal importance. This owes much to a rigorous five years of training in the old master techniques in Spain.

He attended the Escuela Libre del Mediterraneo in Palma, one of the few remaining European schools where the traditional methods were still taught: proportion, light and dark techniques, a restricted 4 colour palette and eventually, full portrait mode. He was taught by the late Joaquin Torrents Llado and, after five years of intensive study, Marcus became the 3rd person in the school’s 25 year history to be invited to remain as a tutor.

Within two years of returning to Britain in 1996, Marcus’ work was exhibited by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and he was voted to be one of the UK’s ten ‘A Listed’ portrait artists by Harpers and Queen.

He then held five successful solo shows in London with Fine Art Commissions between 2002-11, which featured his equestrian work and paintings from several trips to both Scotland and India.

Recent commissions have included a large pair of paintings for the Kings Troop RHA to commemorate their 60th Anniversary Parade in Hyde Park; a stalking scene at Balmoral for the Scots Guards; the Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors of Bournemouth University; the retiring head groundsman of the Jockey Club in Newmarket and Lord Tebbit for the Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital.

Marcus’ latest work reveals a bold new contemporary edge: vigorous strokes with both brush and palette knife reflect his passion for the sculptural qualities of paint.

Selected Commissions
Lord Tebbit for the Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital
Lord Justice Ryder for Bolton University
King’s Troop, RHA, 60th Anniversary Parade
The Vice Chancellors of Bournemouth University
The Scots Guards at Balmoral
Colonel Edward Bolitho
Alkaased, Winning the Japan Cup
The Third Battalion the Rifles
Mr and Mrs Anthony Murray
Mr and Mrs Alexis Moores
Mr and Mrs H Daly
The Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe
Mr and Mrs E Dunlop
Lord and Lady Moynihan
Mr and Mrs Philip Fleming

Solo exhibitions
2015 The Jerram Gallery, Sherborne
2014 Osborne Studio Gallery, London
2011 FAC, Bury Street, London
2004 FAC, Walton Street, London
2002 FAC, Cork Street, London
2001 FAC, Cork Street, London

Recent Selected Group Shows
2016 Rountree Tyron, London
2016 Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge
2015 FAC, Duke Street, London
2015 Sculpture by the Lakes, Dorset
2011 FAC, Art London
2010 FAC, Bury Street, London
2009 FAC, Cork Street, London