1953 - ?

As Howard Mark Beesley, he was born at Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire on 29 January 1953, son of Geoffrey Douglas Beesley (1919-2013) and his wife Cynthia A. née Newbold, who married at Burton-on-Trent in 1946. Educated at Burton-on-Trent Grammar School and studied at Nottingham University and the University of Suffolk at Ipswich. He commenced his career in law and married at Nottingham in 1976, Jennifer R. Sibley. As Mark Beesley, a mostly a self-taught painter, but gained a higher diploma in design and illustration in 1985. A freelance illustrator, graphic designer and model maker and also teaches adult education classes in art history. Working in pen, watercolour and coloured pencil, and is very knowledgeable about vernacular architecture, his detailed studies are often of buildings which include water towers and agricultural structures. Mark does mostly architectural, historical, landscape and wildlife illustrations also designing leaflets and information panels making a speciality of illustrative, aerial view maps. Mark works for book publishers, tourism, heritage and countryside organisations and museums his clients include Suffolk County Council, The Environment Agency, CADW-Welsh Historic Monuments, Essex County Council, Miles Kelly Publishing and Dorling Kindersley. He has had many solo shows and his work was chosen for inclusion in 'On the Border' at Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich in 1998 and 'This Flat Earth' at Firstsite, Minories, Colchester in 2000. A member of the Ipswich Art Club and exhibited from 34 Stowmarket Road, Needham Market, Suffolk in 1985, 'The Cornfield', and from 25 Westerfield Road, Ipswich in 1990, three paintings, 'Jenni', 'Water Tower' and 'Empty Barn, Wherstead' and in 2006 from 45 Old Barrack Road, Woodbridge, two charcoal pictures 'Cathedral' and 'Night Tower' and has also exhibited at The Halesworth Gallery; Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh; ReNew Gallery, Woodbridge; The Aldeburgh Gallery and elsewhere. His work is held in private collections in the UK and USA where his work was reproduced for publications by Shell 'Wind Energy' and 'Journal of American Planning'.

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