Mark Douglass has more than twenty years experience as a master glassmaker, artist and designer.
Mark exhibits his work regularly and is represented by leading Australian galleries Gould Galleries, Greenhill Galleries and Osage Art Consultancy, Hong Kong. Mark also produces a range of lighting and interior products under the Mark Douglass Design brand .
In 2012 Mark was privileged to be awarded a prestigious Churchill Trust Fellowship in recognition of his impressive body of work and contribution to the Australian glass design industry. Mark has been entranced with the art of glassblowing for more than 20 years. Through an intricate process of heating, blowing, shaping and cooling, Mark creates thick, robust sculptures, vases and bowls that are reminiscent of pop-art and cubist-style design. Some of his pieces are timelessly elegant, others border on the surreal and the bizarre. However Douglass goes beyond the simply decorative, and makes an ambitious artistic statement through using themes and imagery from botanic, figurative and architectural motifs.
While the glassblowing techniques Mark uses date back thousands of years, the heat-resistant paints that give his work their distinct colours - reds, purples, greens, yellows - were developed in the US relatively recently. These paints have given Mark the scope to experiment more with patterns, particularly cubism's abstract shapes and rough line work, which lend themselves to the stretching and twisting of glass.
Mark has worked on large-scale commissions over the recent years, and his signature style is on display in some of Australia’s leading corporate collections including BHP, Cadbury Schweppes, BP and Rio Tinto. Mark has also exhibited successfully both in Australia and internationally, and his work can be found in the collections of many private collectors.