Mark Shields is a contemporary painter from Northern Ireland whose work is mystical and enigmatic. Mark has been working with Grosvenor Gallery since 1997, and his monumental 2011 painting ‘A Great Gulf Fixed’ is the subject of a special exhibition at the Gallery running from 19 March – 12 April 2021. In this episode we speak to Mark about the painting, with contributions from independent curator Feargal O’Malley.Mark's work has been shown across the UK and Europe and he has regularly featured in exhibitions at the Royal Ulster and Royal Hibernian Academies, as well as at the Royal Academy in London. He has had solo-exhibitions in Belfast, London, Dublin as well as on the continent. Mark’s work was selected for the BP Portrait Award numerous times in the 1990s and 2000s. His 2018 solo-exhibition ‘The Inaccessible land’ took place at the FE McWilliam Gallery in Northern Ireland.Available works, as well as details of Mark’s old shows can be seen on grosvenorgallery.com. A video of Mark discussing the piece can also be seen on our website. Please contact us for more details, email@example.com.We hope you enjoyed this episode. Please do subscribe and rate the podcast wherever you listen. We’ll be back with another episode very soon.