Mark BRAZIER-JONES UK / New Zealand, b. 1956


A true independent visionary, Mark Brazier-Jones conceives his fantastical sculpture, lighting and furniture designs from profoundly pondered stances. Maverick to the core, Mark feels 'It is the task of the artist to bring diversity to the tribe…" 


At art college Mark honed his drawing and spatial skills and became recognised in the 1970s as a young talent in set design in the pioneering days of music videos. The following decade established Mark at the forefront of the emerging 'Creative Salvage' movement, which reinvented metal cast-offs hauled from reclamation yards into engaging sculpture and useful furniture. The surface patterns of rust, the plasticity of heated metal and its malleability when beaten had found its champion.


The furniture designs Mark produced from his studio in a 16th Century barn in Hertfordshire found a receptive audience attracted to the voluptuous neo-baroque style of the 1980s - cast and polished steel and bronze formed the tapering legs of his Flightfile desk, for example, born from Mark "dreaming of air hostesses in high heels."


Combining metal and glass led Mark to explore domestic lighting, and meshed with his belief that the focus of interior design should be when darkness falls. Rightly judging that most people are at home primarily in the evening, his designs create mood, texture, shadow, and intrigue. Cabochon 'lens' caught in lattices of metal work form his lighting suspensions that are commissioned globally. 


Examples of Mark's work are housed in the permanent collections at The Louvre, Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Boston Museum of Modern Art, and in a number of private collections internationally.