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    Mark Whalen: Paralleled Opposites, 2010

Surreal, pastel social commentaries from illustrator Mark Whalen

Posted by Rebecca Fulleylove,

Before the written word there were pictures – even cavemen knew how to do a good doodle when necessary. And while we’re more civilised these days, a visual language is still very much present because let’s face it, it’s hard to forget our roots. Artist Mark Whalen is is inspired by indigenous folk art and the way our ancestors used narratives to describe their culture and era. Wanting to explore his own time and place in society, Whalen’s created his own modernised folk art in the form of illustrations that provide a surreal comment on human existence and our current social climate.

It’s an imagined, almost futuristic reality, where his androgynous figures navigate through grids and pastel worlds of painted acrylics, gauche and ink. They’re big old pieces – with some in separate panels –and you want them to be, just so you can take in every detail and every action happening in the pieces.

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    Mark Whalen: Emotional Content, 2011

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    Mark Whalen: The Map Room, 2011

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    Mark Whalen: Exploding Matter, 2011

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    Mark Whalen: 24 Hr Lock Down, 2010

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    Mark Whalen: New Science, 2011

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Posted by Rebecca Fulleylove

Rebecca joined us as an editorial intern after studying at Norwich University College of the Arts. She wrote for the site between March and June 2012