Mark Getty was born in 1967.
Having trained in illustration, Mark gained significant life and artistic experience by pursuing a commercial career working in the fields of medical and architectural illustration.
Getty is an interesting character who has a nice perspective on people.
His initial lateralism project exploits his realist technique and considers war, aggression, changing attitudes to moral acceptance and explores how society defines and shapes genders.
Acrylic on Canvas
60cm x 60cm
Typical of the lightness of his observations and humour in his initial piece, he introduces an unclothed 'Action Man' titled 'Self Conscious' which exposes one of the icons who we use to indoctrinate and teach macho, strength and bravery to our young, in a topless almost unprepared state. He cleverly creates a 'mixed metaphor' contradicting and contrasting the iconisation of strength with the implied weakness and exposure of our unclothed trainer, where his underlying weakness is emphasised by way of his exposed joints and hinges.
Through Innocent Eyes contrasts the use of a 3D slide viewer, which was a convenient household device used to allow people to view photo slides without requiring a projector with mainstream almost softcore visuals used in music videos and advertising and promotional materials.
In doing so, he is juxtaposing the innocence of childhood with the mass media and materials that they are now presented with.
He is asking the viewer to decide whether there has been an erosion of values or is the progression just a modernisation of techniques.
In 'Superior Firepower' Getty gently pokes at war and conflict, using a formerly, commonly used children's toy - the cap rocket. Again he uses a mixed metaphor - the toy to represent bombs set against it's use as a plaything. The skull in the background (the normal representation of death) is smiling as if he is enjoying and laughing at the contradiction.
In representing war in this way, Getty is leading us into a smile, but the vibrant forefront imagery then forces us to reflect on the seriousness of war and conflict.
In 'Cyber Attack' Getty, presents another metaphor of one of our childhood games - boxing robots, where opponents could remotely pitch one robot against another.
Getty is alluding to the changes in modern warfare where there is an increasing use of guided weaponry and unmanned drones. Progress that is designed to increase accuracy and decrease loss of life, but nevertheless a worrying development that war can now be directed remotely and if pointed at the wrong objects - at a potentially more destructive level.
The surreality of the video game may now have become a reality !
In Holding Out for a Hero, Getty is cleverly trying to get us to reflect on how hard it is to get through our daily lives with all of the risks and challenges that can be thrown at us.
He uses the almost exaggerated and distorted, spindly form of a toy stunt figure to place and reinforce his point. Through the stuntman's visor you can see the focus and steely determination that is needed to perform successful stunts, Getty's parallel of life's journey, which he suggests requires the same level of determination if we are to steer ourselves and our families through the various perils.