Airborne Mark - Painting Songs, Singing Pictures For Eternity & Beyond.
Airborne Mark has been very active on the graffiti and street art scene in the UK for over 10 years. However, his journey with spray paint started in 1995 in Poland, where he comes from. He is particularly know for his bold origami theme. Such has been his involvement on the UK street art scene that he is mentioned in Banksy's unauthorised biography “The Man behind the Wall” by Will Ellsworth-Jones.
Intricately layered animals and trademark paper folds are the key elements of his vibrant illustrative style. Theme driven and large in scale each mural reveals yet another inhabitant from an imaginary world called “ORIGAMIA.”
Airborne Mark's technique is largely based on real life origami elements and figures, which can be actually folded and therefore are painted form reference. However, recently his inspiration has been increasingly expanding into uniquely designed paper styled fantastical pieces.
Airborne Mark exhibits works in galleries and takes part in major art festivals. His murals and commission based art can be found on walls, shutters and vehicles across the UK and Europe.
MUSIC: (Press releases below)
- "Origami Riots EP" - 22 June 2015 (Where Clouds Abound independent label )
- "CloudQuartered EP" - April 2013 Where Clouds Abound independent label )
- "Six Folds And A Throw" - September 2010 (Independent release)
< O R I G A M I . R I O T S > EP Official Press Release
“Origami Riots” EP passionate and explosive in its contents taps into people’s current disillusionment with the establishment and injustice across the globe. Narrated from a perspective of a graffiti artist, Airborne Mark takes on a journey of becoming a superhero activist - Origami Rascal (depicted in the album artwork) whose primary calling is to galvanise hearts by inspiring people to become their best version of themselves through personal growth and abandonment of materialism.
The artist asks how bad it needs to get before people wake up and take the ownership of their reality. The EP's energy could be summed up by artist's opinion that only righteous anger is capable of moving people beyond acceptance of evil - Pepper Spray 'N' Tear Gas – ( Track 1)
The EP title is an oxymoron by design as the artist calls for change to come by making informed choices and participation rather than violence at all. It is based first and foremost on spiritual growth of an individual P.T.C.S – ( Track 2). Also the project's title naturally echoes the artist's trademark origami theme which immediately links to the fact that traditionally graffiti can be associated with rebellion and non compliance.
The tone of the EP is filtered throughout by the artist's own experience of pursuing careers both in music and art which took him on a journey of self discovery through daily struggle and self-doubt - "Concrete Envelopes" (Track 3).
“Origami Riots” ends with an anthem “Where Clouds Abound” ( Track 4 ) which tells the story of Airborne Mark's perseverance and pursuit of artistic excellence. It is the realisation that an individual is capable of overcoming any obstacles and therefore becoming their own “saviour”. Which is ultimately the message behind the EP and most importantly it completes Airborne Mark's transformation into Origami Rascal. And that very inner change of an individual is to be the first step for transforming the society.
Origami Riots EP is available on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud, Spotify, BandCamp and Amazon.
CloudQuartered EP Official Press Release
Clear blue skies are well overrated...
Ironically, having sunshine overhead day in and day out would be rather monotonous.
Clouds are Nature's poetry to be read like a person's countenance...
Cloudscapes are for dreamers and their contemplation benefits the soul...*
Look up, Airborne Mark is back with his latest release!
The new EP comprises five cloud themed songs which cover very down to earth aspects of journeying through life. Relationships, identity and perseverance are the subject matter that echoes strongly throughout the record. Narrated from author’s perspective in a reflective spoken word manner.
The EP was recorded over five months mostly at The Lab Studios under production of London based Australian musician Byron Hosking. Each track meticulously layered with live instruments create perfect musical landscape for Airborne Mark's narration. Vintage synths, piano and the electric guitar proved to be perfect tools for Byron Hosking to capture energy and emotion of each track.
Where are my Cloud-Spotters at?
*Inspired by The Cloud Appreciation Society's Manifesto
CloudQuartered EP is available on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, BandCamp and Amazon.