,I've been banging on about changing this and that over the last few years. Someone made me aware that you do read this so here's the news. Prints of my work, featuring all sports, will be available through 'LRM' from today. They will be added to the shop over the next few months. The big difference is that 'LRM' produce 'Quality limited Edition Fine Art Prints' that are signed by the Sporting Stars! and myself. To be honest, this makes my job a great deal easier. People are always asking for signed this and that. If I concentrated on this I would have no time to do the painting. We will also produce limited edition 'Artist Embelished' prints. That means the print is given to me as a canvas roll, I work on it and it is then signed and re-stretched. Each one being an original. I'd like to thank Tony at LRM for partnering on this project and I'm looking forward to producing some fine new work. The first in this series apart from the existing golf prints is a painting of Mo Salah in a famous pose. This painting will be available to purchase on request and the Ltd Edition Salah & Robinson signed prints will be available in the near future. Happy Autumn. Mark.
Woburn G C hosts of the Variety Club Golf Day with Star Guest, John Daly
Last Thursday was a fun evening. I had been invited by the Director of Golf Variety Club to paint a portrait of John Daly holding the claret jug, a celebration of his famous Open Championship win at St Andrews. I was proud to do so. In fact, I produced two paintings as I'd been holding on to a photo taken at the Dubai Desert Classic, saving the reference for such an occasion. Thanks to Woburn Golf Club and their staff , Jamie & Carol & of course to Mr Daly himself. Everybody attending enjoyed his golfing tales and thanks to the bidders who gave generously to a worthy cause. John liked the portrait so much he ordered another for the Charity which I am happily painting.
In May 2019 it was my pleasure to be asked by Craig Collins at 'The Childrens Christmas Wishlist' Charity to paint a portrait of Ex World Champion boxer and Sky Sports Boxing commentator Glenn McCrory. The idea was that, we would produce thirty limited edition prints to be signed by Glenn. Each print represents one year of the the thirty since his successful World title fight. These prints are now available from the Charity ( Facebook page below). Can I say that it was an honour to paint a portrait of Glenn. The painting was presented by Craig Collins at a Ricky Hatton evening in Banbury recently. Thank god he liked it !! The charity brings a smile to the faces of so many sick kids, some of them terminal. Please take the time to buy a collectable, limited edition print. This is a very small edition of thirty. You will be doing something great.
I have had questions about by involvement in music over the years. I did have a publishing/ recording deal with Dovepace in 1987 but before that I played with Spandau Ballet.
Back in 1977 three friends from Ampthill in Bedfordshire formed a band and called it 'Spandau Ballet'. After Art Foundation courses they went to London to seek fame and fortune. To fund their band they worked as bus boys at Virgin Records club in SW1 called 'The Venue'. In 1979 they were asked to support The Softies at a small gig in Islington called ' The Hope & Anchor' actually a famous landmark on the punk/rock circuit.
So, on the evening of May 6th 1979 'Spandau Ballet' played their first Live show to a packed audience of about 30 or so! We took it very seriously and thought that the gigs would pour in. However life does not work that way. A few months later another band called Spandau Ballet appeared and they had a bit more luck.... You figure it out.
If we had registered our band's name there would not have been a string of hits under the new pretenders, who by way , lived round the corner from the Hope. Hey Ho that's how it goes but we did record a few tunes all be it rough at the edges have a listen and mourn our lost millions of fans and cash. On May the 6th we are planning to meet up at the Hope and Anchor. Dave the bassist went on to join The Passions. Mike and I followed Art however I did Tour Japan & play Tokyo dome in front of 65,000 in 1994 at Avex Rave. The Prodigy were also on the bill. I continue to write record and paint to this day. RIP Keith, great Lad.
I have been lucky enough over the past 10 years to be involved from time to time with the Childrens Christmas Wishlist Charity. Craig and his faithful team have raised much needed funds for Children in hospital needing something to cheer them up. CCWL put smiles back on faces a very large part of anyone getting better in my view. They need all the donations they can get and It was great to see that Craig has organised the 2020 Everest Expedition with World famous boxer Glen McCrory. A couple of quid donated to the crowd funded project would be much appreciated and thank you so much for your generosity and your time. Let's make these kids "Smile for a while" more info..... Link To Crowdfunding page below. https://www.gofundme.com/glenn-mccrorys-everest-summit-expedition-in-2020
Spring time came and went we are now into British Summer Time and you know what that means. Majors and the chance of getting to see those elusive European Stars on home soil! That is provided you were very lucky to get a ticket for the 148th Open at Portrush. Other rare opportunities to see your favourites include The Irish Open takes place at Lahinch G C, The Scottish Open at North Berwick , the Betfred Brit Masters and the BMW at Wentworth now moved to the late summer date of Sept 19th - 22nd. Next up, 'The Masters' on the 11th of April with a whopping $10,000,000 plus purse! If I'd only gone to the driving range instead of Art School.
I was looking through the signed portraits yesterday, I have kept some in my art rack and it is amazing how one can be transported back in time by viewing them. You remember the tournament, day, state of play, the player and their demeanour, the weather, the rush when they were signing it, how it looked in the bright sunlight and many other thoughts. This is the heritage that travels with the painting, so many of my golf portraits and landscapes out there with people I don't even know. The painting continues to mean something else for each person that owns or sees it, the portrait or landscape creating new memories wherever it goes. The wonderful thing is that all of my work started with an idea, my references and sketches, then the first stroke of my brush kicked off the whole journey. I may not be able to share the prize fund at the Masters but I get great joy from many experiences gained while creating original golf art heritage.