Mark Graver is an award winning artist/printmaker, curator and tutor specialising in Acrylic Resist Etching, Digital Printmaking and Video Art.
Born in St.Albans, England in 1964, he moved to Kerikeri ,New Zealand in 2003 where he established the Wharepuke Print Studio, New Zealand’s only dedicated acrylic resist etching workshop in 2005. In 2009 he and partner Tania Booth set up Art at Wharepuke, a gallery specialising in international printmaking and in 2015 The Wharepuke Art Park Sculpture Trail
His current practice involves working with printmaking, digital video and sound with interest concentrated at the point where these approaches meet and cross – the editonable act/event/encounter of pulling a print or screening a film, the re-presenting of this act/event/encounter and its relationship with memory, place and time.
Mark is author of the printmaking handbook ‘Non-Toxic Printmaking’ (London, A&C Black, 2011) and has sat on printmaking selection panels in China, Bulgaria and NZ and curated international print projects in the UK and Australia such as Parallel Prints 2013/2015, Combinations, UK 2014 and RE:Print/RE:Present, UK 2015.
He exhibits widely and his work is held in many international public collections such as:
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Cary Collection at Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, USA, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK, The Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, Australia, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Tasmania, Australia, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, Whangarei Art Museum, Whangarei, NZ, Kent Print Collection, Kent University, UK, Federation University Art Collection – Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, Jinling Museum of Art, Nanjing, China, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China, Penang State Art Gallery, Penang, Malaysia, National Museum Of Fine Art, Taiwan, Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria, Douro Museum of Printmaking, Douro, Portugal, Durban University – Arts for Humanity Collection, South Africa, Literature and Arts Department, Heilongjiang provincial government, Harbin, China, CONARTE – Non Toxic Printmaking Museum Collection, Leon, Monterrey, Mexico, Painting and Sculpture Museums Association, Istanbul Turkey, Tolpuddle Museum, Dorset, England, Camberwell College of Arts, London, England, James Wallace Trust, New Zealand.
His work has been included in many international exhibitions and has been shown alongside artists such as Antoni Tapies, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Sir Terry Frost, Ian McKeever, Stanley Jones, Marc Quinn, JMW Turner and Patrick Heron.