Born in 1964, Mark Cazalet is a contemporary British artist based in London. Cazalet is well travelled due to his practice as an artist, achieving two post graduate scholarships in Paris and India respectively as well as having commissions in Qatar and the United States, he has been connected with West Sussex since 1992 through his ongoing Senior tutorship at West Dean College.
Cazalet, whose influences include Romanesque carvings, English neo-Romantics and Indian and West African textiles, states that he is happiest wandering through urban or woodland environments, responding to the specific sense of place through his heightened colour sensibility.
"Capturing a sense of place requires attending to not only the empirical aspects of its topography but also subtler emotional essence, often located in associations, memories and ones own mood."
For the works on show at the Christmas Show are inspired by the poem 'The Dark Forest' by Edward Thomas.
Dark is the forest and deep, and overhead
Hang the stars like seeds of light
In vain, though not since they were sown was bred
Anything more bright.