My work has always been centred in colour; colour as a spatial, emotional and formal understanding. Whatever the representational or abstract motif might be the subject matter has always been a profound joy in mixing and organising colour relationships. I am, it seems, unable to simply begin making without inspiration from a place or event, normally explored through drawing. Paul Klee famously said One eye sees, the other feels; this neatly summarises the balance I seek between empiricism and lyricism. Analysing and composing are inseparable from looking, the interrogation of reality that frees the hand to improvise. The second strand of my making is underpinned by sacramental theology. As David Jones put it we are sign makers, from the laying of a table to elaborate ceremonies, we imbue the simplest routines with meaning, made for others to see. I make art in order to communicate visible signs for inward invisible transformations. Increasingly these signs are best described as musical settings dealing with rhythms, harmonies, discords, counterpoint and melody. I am not sure I can account for their exact meaning, they are statements of experience seen through the eternal lens of imagination, made out of gratitude and connection. 

Mark Cazalet is a contemporary artist based in London and Suffolk, UK. He trained at Chelsea School of Art and then Falmouth School of Art for Degree level. Immediately after graduating he was awarded the French government’s National studentship award to study in France. He studied at L’cole-des-Beaux-Arts paris, in the studio of Christian Boltanski. Simultaneously to this scholarship he was awarded a year at the Cite-des-Arts studio complex in the Marais. After a year back in London he went to M.S. University Baroda for an eighteen month Association of Commonwealth Universities Scholarship to study under Professor Fulham Mohamed Sheikh. Since his return to the Uk he has held a number of residencies and in 2102 and 2013 was artist in residence twice at The Anni and Josef Albers Foundation in Connecticut, America. Mark is a Senior Member of Faculty at The Royal drawing School and teaches at West Dean College, The Edward James Foundation, Sussex. He is a Trustee of City and Guilds of London Art School. 


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1988-9 Commonwealth Universities Scholarship: Baroda University, Gujerat State, India
1986-7 French Consul National Studentship Award: L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris; awarded one-year residency at the Cite-Internationale-des-Arts, Paris
1983-6 Falmouth School of Art: BA Fine Art
1982-3 Chelsea School of Art: foundation course

Solo Exhibitions

Resonances: Serena Morton Gallery, London

Silent colour Meditation: a great cloud of witnesses, 153 heads, St Edmundsbury Cathedral                                                                 

Moments of Transformation, Curwen gallery, London

Too serious to be serious, Lynne Strover Gallery, Cambridge

The Ocean in a Tree, The Concert Hall Gallery, Snape Maltings, Suffolk

A Plot of Ground, Jason Hicklin and Mark Cazalet, Beardsmore Gallery, London

Everyday Epiphany, Beardsmore Gallery, London
Stations of the Cross, Salisbury Cathedral

Seeing as Beleiving,  Catmose Gallery, Rutland
Holyland, a painted pilgrimage,  Michaelhouse Centre, Cambridge

Travelling with open eyes, Guildford Cathedral
On Shifting Ground, Images from Palestine & Israel, All Hallows by the Tower, London

An Egyptian Apocrypha, St Katherine Cree, London

Bath Rugby Residency Drawings, Museum of Rugby, Twickenham
The Sound of Trees, Six Chapel Row Contemporary Art, Bath

West London Stations of the Cross, Carden Gallery, Kensal Green Cemetery, London
The Four Quartets, Lady Margret Hall, Oxford University

Cathedrals of Industry, Museum of London

Paradoxes and Paradigms, Lichfield Cathedral

Intangible Worlds, East West Gallery, Blenheim Crescent, London;

The Path to Calvary, Rocket Contemporary Art, Cork Street, London & touring to: The Lincoln Cathedral & Usher Gallery, Winchester Cathedral; Lady Margaret Hall Chapel

Pictures out of India, The Nehru Centre, London

Indian Rhythms, Wycombe Museum Gallery, High Wycombe
Christopher Hull Gallery, London

Selected Group Shows

Locus, Beardsmore Gallery, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Conversations Prize (short listed), and The Pastel Society, The Mall Galleries London

Jerwood Drawing Prize, Derwent Drawing Competition, Discerning Eye, London
Mark Cazalet, Frances Hatch, Jonathan Newdick, Kevis House Gallery, Petworth

British Art Today, five person group show, Museum Obermunster, Regensburg, Germany
Bite, contemporary print exhibition, and The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

Islington Art Fair, Modern Works On Paper Art Fair, Chelsea Art Fair London 

Images for Easter, London Spirituality Centre, St Edmund’s Church, London

Sundaday Times Watercolour Competition

Backyard Beauties , Artspace, Southwell
London Now: City of Hell, City of Heaven, Guildhall Art Gallery, London

Faith, Castle Museum Gallery, Nottingham

Presence, Images of Christ for the Third millenium, St Pauls Cathedral
Visions of London, Art Space Gallery, London
Seeing Salvation Now, North Light Gallery, Huddersfield

Falling Leaves, Salisbury Festival, Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum
Huntington Art Award Exhibition, Royal College of Art London
Summer in the City, England & Co, London

National Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
Nature from Wood, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Assembly (Bath Rugby, crowd drawings) South West Arts Residency

Stations: The New Sacred Art, Blythburgh Church, Suffolk
The Salutation, Nicholas Mynheer, Roger Wagner and Richard Webb, St Andrew’s, Oxford
Blake’s Contemporaries, Scholar Fine Art, London

Land Marks (3-person show), Jill George Gallery, London
The Light of the World, City of Edinburgh Gallery and Museums

Royal Over-Seas League Fifteenth Annual Open Exhibition (and Eleventh 1994), London
Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition (and 1994), touring show

Poetry of Place, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk

Art in 8 Northern Churches, + Richard Webb, Tour & Reg Vardy Gallery, Sunderland Univ
The Discerning Eye (and 1992), Mall Galleries, London

Third Drawing Show, Jill George Gallery, London

Images of Christ, Northampton Museum & Art Gallery and St Paul’s Cathedral

Images of Christ, Albemarle Gallery, London

Pictures of Passiontide
, with Albert Herbert and Richard Webb, St Marylebone Church,

Publications and Broadcasts

Green Thoughts: the art of Thomas Denny Image Magazine 2015

Opening artist’s eyes, IB Review volume 1 February 2015

Belief, 30minute interview with Joan Bakewell, BBC Radio 3, 2nd Aril 2013 (www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01rl33b)

St George’s day, Sunday: Canon Andrew Shanks, BBC Radio 4, Sunday 25th April 2010

Pevsner Editor to Romford Please! Revd Tom Devonshire-Jones, Church Building, issue 102, Dec 2006

Mark Cazalet, Bianca Fanciullacci, Veritasse, Autumn/Winter 2006

London Now; City of Hell,City of Heaven, London Arts Café Magazine, issue 17, Winter 2005

Economy and Ingenuity at Chelmsford,two new artworks, Peter Judd, Church Building, issue 89, 2005

A very different Picture, Mark Cazalet, The Tablet, 28 January 2005

The Tree of Life, Chelmsford mural unveiled, Peter judd, Arts and Christian Enquiry, No41, January 2005

Faith, Nottingham City Art Galleries, Richard Davey, 2004

A tale of two windows, Leslie Griffiths, Arts and Christian Enquiry, No 39, July 2004

To Golgotha via the Westway, Mark Cazalet, The Tablet, 20 March 2004

An artist makes his pilgrimage, Nicholas Cranfield, The Church Times, 19 March 2004

Mark Cazalet’s Tree of Life, Mireille Gallinou, London Arts Café Magazine, issue 14, Spring/Summer 2004

Artist answers questions; Mark Cazalet, London Arts Café Magazine, issue 12, Spring/Summer 2003

He painted a path to Calvary, text by Tom Devonshire Jones, Country life, April 17 2003

Refurbishment of the Fraser Chapel, Manchester Cathedral,Church Building, Issue 74, April 2002

Worcester Cathedral–The Millenium Window, text by Mark Cazalet, Church Building, Issue 65, Oct 2002

Stations: The New Sacred Art, text by Canon Revd Richard Davey, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, 2000

Stations of the Cross, Anglia Television interview on Bury St Edmunds Stations project, Easter Day 2000

Salutation, text by David Patterson, St Nicholas Church, 2000

Big Plant, Radio 4 interview on the gasometer paintings, transmitted, Autumn, 1999

The Light of the World, David Patterson (ed), City of Edinburgh Museum and Galleries, 1999

‘The Theological Implications of Christian Boltanski’s Art’, text by Mark Cazalet, Art and Christian, Enquiry Bulletin, No. 15, July 1998

‘Sign of the Times’, text by Oliver Bevan, Artists & Illustrators, 135, December 1997

The Power and the Glory, Radio 3 interview, with Revd Dr G. L. Pattison, transmitted Spring 1997

‘The Dilemma of the Religious Artist: The Art of Mark Cazalet’, text by Anna Moszynska, Image, No. 16, Summer 1997

‘The Dialectic Between Art and Faith’, text by Mark Cazalet, Modern Believing, Vol. 137, No. 4, 1996

Mark Cazalet: Intangible Worlds, text by Frances Spalding (East West Gallery exhibition), 1995

The Path to Calvary, text by Frances Makower, lino-cuts by Mark Cazalet, designed and letterpress, printed by The Rocket Press, Blewbury, 1994; paperback edition: St Paul’s Publishing, 2000

Mark Cazalet: A New Sacred Art, text by Revd Richard Davey, (The Path to Calvary exhibition), Rocket Contemporary Art, 1994

Images of Christ, Revd Tom Devonshire Jones (ed), St Matthew’s (Northampton) Centenary Art Committee, 1993


The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation

Birmingham City Library

British Council, Bombay, India

Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte, London

Edward James Foundation, West Dean College

Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

Getty Center, California, USA (The Path to Calvary, book)

Guildhall Art Gallery, London

Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council Collection

Hounslow and Spelthorne Community and Mental Health Service Trust

Indian High Commission, Nehru Centre, London

Kuwait National Collection

Lady Margret Hall, Oxford University

Methodist 20th-Century Art Collection

Msheireb Properties Collection, Doha, Qatar

Museum of London

Museum of Rugby, Twickenham, London

Taunton and Somerset Hospital

University of Alberta

University of Iowa

University of Surrey, Roehampton

Victoria Art Gallery Bath

Ecclesiastical Commissions

St Albans Romford, The angels of the four elements of creation, painted Chancel ceiling

St Clements parish, north Kensington, Lenten Carnival, triptych

Chelmsford Cathedral, The Tree of life mural and St Cedd, engraved and etched glass window

Manchester Cathedral, Fraser’s Chapel, stained glass window and reredos

Frances Bardesley School for Girls, Romford, Women of the Bible, painted triptych

Holy Trinity, Bosham; new tapestry altar frontal and pulpit fall for Ordinary Season

The Church of the Epiphany, Qatar; The Epiphany Star, painted reredos

Jerusalem room, Hackney Free School, The Three Johanine Healings triptych

St Peter’s Winchester, Water and light, triptych

Chapel of Reconcilliation, Communityof the Resurrection, Mirfield, engraved and etched glass screen

Our Lady of Grace and St Teresa of Avila, Chingford; Christus Cross

Our Lady of Lourdes, Wanstead, Seven Episodes from the life of Mary paintings

St Mary’s, Stouting, Kent, The Resurection, painting

St Mary the Virgin, Lakenheath, Suffolk, high-altar crucfix

Stowe School Chapel, prayer space door, Four Prophets, engraved and etched glass

The Church of the Good Shepherd, Brighton, Stations of the Cross

Wesley’s Chapel, London; The English, Sangster and Weatherhead Windows, etched and engraved glass

Worcester Cathedral, The Millenium window, etched and engraved glass


2016    St Edmundsbury Cathedral one year artist-in-residence; Silent Colour Meditation project

2015    Borgo Pignano Artist residency programme, Tuscanny, Italy

2013    Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, CT, USA, artist in residence

2012    Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, CT, USA, artist in residence

2011    Msheireb Residency, Doha, Qatar: Dohaland architectural project

2007    West Dean College Summer School, artist in residence

2004    Palestine/Israel Pilgrimage with Biblelands, artist in residence 

2003    Egypt Pilgrimage with Biblelands, artist in residence 

2001    Assembly, South West Arts artist in residence at Bath Rugby Club

Teaching and other posts

2016 – ongoing: Degree tutor, Painting, Print and Drawing, UWE, Bristol

2006 – 2011: Degree tutor, Drawing and Applied Arts, UWE, Bristol

2009 – ongoing: tutor Royal Drawing School, London

1992 – ongoing: senior tutor at The Edward James Foundation West Dean College, Sussex

1997 – ongoing: tutor at Arts in Provence, Les Bassacs, Provence

2012 – ongoing: Trustee, City and Guild School of Art London

2011    chaired committee redrawing new guidelines for commissioning new art in churches

2009 – ongoing: Heritage Committee, Drapers Livery Company

2006 – 2010: Westminster Diocese Art and Architecture Committee

2002 – 2010: Council for the Care of Churches, Council Member and art advisor