Mark Dober lives in the central Victorian goldfields town of Castlemaine, making paintings and drawings in the surrounding landscape whilst exploring particular sites. Mark paints directly and immediately, seeking to bring the experiential into the work through various mediums such as oil on canvas and board, watercolour, gouache and other media on paper.
Mark also makes large-scale en plein air works on various residencies throughout Australia, which form exhibitions with the associated regional galleries.
Mark’s recent exhibitions include The Edge of Town at Castlemaine Art Museum (November 2022), On the Land at Swan Hill Regional Gallery (November 2022), and Murrumbidgee at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery (September 2021).
In 2023 large-scale en plein air works made at a residency at Bilpin will be exhibited at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery (Wollemi).
Mark is a frequent exhibitor in national contemporary art prizes, including recently, the Swan Hill Print and Drawing Award, the Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize, Salon des Refuses, the Paul Guest Drawing Prize, and the Arthur Guy Painting Prize. He has a PhD in painting from Monash University. His topic was Plein air painting and its meanings, for which he was awarded the Molly Holman Doctoral medal. Mark is an independent art writer.