Mark Kingston was born in Sydney but studied Art in both Australia and U.S.A. He started his studies at Sydney University completing a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in 1999. He was then offered a chance to work with a successful U.S. based Realist Artist named James Gucwa. James exhibited in blue chip galleries in New York and California. Mark worked on paintings and helped James prepare for a solo show. This taught Mark invaluable lessons about working in the Fine Art world. In 2004 Mark went on to complete a Master of Art degree at University of New South Wales.
Mark has participated in over 30 group and solo shows. His paintings have been recognised by such corporate collections as the Roche Group which has recently invested in a third painting. What’s more his paintings have proven to be very popular with private collectors. Which has led to several sell out group shows.
Mark's paintings have been chosen as a finalist in an impressive list of prestigious Art prizes. One of his paintings was selected as a finalist in the Mortimore Art Prize in 2010 and 2009. In 2008 he was selected as a finalist in the Hills Grammar Art Award. In 2007 and 2005 he was a finalist in the ANL Maritime Art Prize. In 2001 as part of the Noise festival he was chosen as one of ten finalists to be exhibited on the Museum of Contemporary Arts online gallery.