Mark Hislop
Born 1962, Cooma, New South Wales

Identity is the principal concern of Mark Hislop, both in a personal sense (he was born a twin), but equally with regard to notions of nationality. Hislop contends that the influential role of landscape in the formation of Australian national identity warrants close attention.

Hislop's paintings present appropriated, classic Australian landscapes, subordinated to a dichotomous and discordant grid of tachist squares (perhaps arranged in the form of a deliberately ambiguous modernist cross) which interrupt the "illusion" of an increasingly diminished, thirddegree background image.

Ross Wolfe from his Samstag essay, Samstag The First Millenium 

1993 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship
1993 MFA, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, UK 
1987 Graduate Diploma in Professional Art Studies, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney 
1986 Bachelor of Visual Arts, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney  

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