The Vessels Series

Monumental paintings in 360°

Fascinated by Egyptian sculpture, which often utilized a grand scale, Mark Steele's unique Vessels are a continuation of artwork designed to communicate via their commanding presence. In 2014, the first vessel in the series, 'Barcelona' was started and the challenges of designing and engineering these monumental sculptures were immediate. Months of work went into finding a perfect solution for building a strong yet somewhat lightweight understructure so that the sculptures would be perfectly supported while the shapes and creative aspects of individual designs would not be limited. At last, the painting begins and continues in the round, adding narrative, color and design to the form. The completed 360° sculpture can be appreciated from many points of view, offering something that two dimensional work cannot. Four vessels have been created so far and there are numerous designs in development. Commissions accepted.