Born and raised in Reading, UK, Mark Webber was diagnosed with Juvenile Chronic Arthritis at the age of 12, placing severe restrictions on his movement. Determined to not let his disability stand in the way of his passion for art and design, Mark endured several years of intensive medication and therapy, eventually leaving him well enough to study graphic design at Art College.
In 2006 he conceived and created the first of his ‘Where in the World’ series of typographic maps that have rapidly become his trademark. Each map takes many months to create, from research and paper prototype design to hundreds of hours painstakingly hand-carving the relief from a single sheet of linoleum, from which the images are then printed.
In 2007 Mark was awarded a prestigious Silver Cube award from the Art Directors Club of New York and has subsequently exhibited alongside graphic design luminaries such as Alan Fletcher, Margaret Calvert, Ken Garland, and Derek Birdsall, as well as being featured in leading design magazines including Creative Review and Blueprint Magazine.
Mark’s most recent work is his map of Paris, measuring an astonishing 160 x 150cm, taking over 800 hours to carve.
Solo show – The Strand Gallery, London, January 23-19 2012
Commissions, Publications, Grants & Awards
Commission by Courvoisier – Revolutionary Spirit city map
Silver Cube Award – Art Directors Club of New York
Commission by Crafts Magazine front cover design – printed directly from linocut carving
Commission by International Society of Typographic Designers for ‘My City, My London’
AAF Spring 2011 – London
Future Tense group show – London
AAF Spring 2010 – London
Blueprint Magazine DPS
State of Play Magazine group show – London
Smokey’s Tangle group show – Oakland, California
Courvoisier group show curated by Ed Bartlett & Lucy Johnston – The Future Gallery, London
The Art of Lost Words group show – London
Small Works, Big Ideas – AWP Gallery, New York