Mark Wardel AKA TradeMark is a visual artist working primarily in paint on canvas who also applies this technique to producing artwork/imagery for high-profile clients in the entertainment, music and club industries.
His work explores issues of identity, portraiture and the self created personae prevalent within the entertainment, club and urban sub-cultures and has been featured on magazine and record covers as well as prestigious club related campaigns worldwide.
His work has generated press stories and been exhibited to acclaim in museums and galleries internationally and in 2013 he was commissioned by the V&A in London to create a (sell out) edition of 300 ‘Silver Duke’ David Bowie life mask sculptures in conjunction with the museum’s blockbusting ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition.
David Bowie / Isolar later purchased two masks from Wardel for inclusion in the official Bowie archive.
In 2015 and again for 2016 Defected Records commissioned Wardel to produce campaign artwork/imagery for their highly successful season of ‘Glitterbox’ parties at Space Ibiza and The Ministry Of Sound in London.
In 2015 Mark was commissioned to design the official Boy George logo to be used on all future Boy George projects and products.
Clients and collectors include…David Bowie/Isolar New York City, Defected Records, V&A museum, Soho House, Ministry Of Sound, Kylie Minogue, Absolute Vodka and Boy George.
Mark Wardel / TradeMark is currently creating a new body of paintings for a show in Liverpool to coincide with the Biennale event in the city in July 2016 as well as putting together a new teeshirt and wearable art range entitled Trash DNA.
Examples of Mark Wardel’s mask related artworks were recently featured in BBC2’s Artsnight programme.
Mark Wardel / TradeMark lives and works in London.