Member Profile

Mark Raynes
Toronto
CA
Website: http://www.markraynesroberts.com
Email: info@markraynesroberts.com
Telephone: 416 520 7588
Commissions Undertaken?
yes
Biography

Born in Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield in 1961, I have been a professional glass artist and designer for 30 years. I was trained as a silversmith, and specialised in hand engraving, being taught by master engraver Ronald Pennell at the Birmingham City University, Institute of Art and Design, School of Jewellery 1978 -1981.

I immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1982, establishing my own business (1984) and crystal gallery. (1988)

In 1988 I exhibited at the annual Guild exhibition in London and Castle Howard, and in 1989 became an Associate Fellow of the Guild. In 1997, I participated in an international glass exhibition at The Glass Gallery, London, and at the Montpelier Gallery, Stratford upon Avon, in conjunction with the publication of the book "Engraved Glass" International Glass Artists by Tom & Marilyn Goodearl.

In 1998, Asprey crown jewellers to Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II, invited me to hold two one-man exhibitions at their New York City location. Christopher Buckley, Editor, Forbes FYI Magazine wrote a feature article on the exhibition.

In 2001, I was honoured to meet Dr. Nelson Mandela who was invested by then Canadian Prime Minister, Jean Cretien, my role being to create the official protocol gift - a unique engraved crystal “Book of Wisdom."

My work has evolved over the past 30 years from highly detailed functional pieces to multi-faceted sculptures which create an alchemy of dreamscapes.

The Human Spirit Collection was a major nine-piece collection I created (1995 -1997) conveying life values, and in 2003, the collection was donated thanks to the late Judith Teller to DAREarts Childrens Foundation to teach children life values. www.darearts.com

In 2008, McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences, unveiled “A View to Our Heritage” a 72-foot“tapestry of glass” made for the new library pavilion depicting the multicultural vision and landscapes of Canada, and has since been designated  a Canadian cultural property.

As a creative artist my work is focused on issues that challenge all of humanity including human equality, the human relationship with the environment, and human capacity to celebrate our lives and mortality through hope.

 

 


 

Engraving Techniques
Diamond and Stone Wheel, Drill, Stipple, Diamond Point and Sandblast

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