Mark Wardel is a figurative painter who’s work explores ideas of ‘identity’ specifically the self created identities adopted by outsiders in order to function within mainstream society.

Sometimes working under the pseudonym TradeMark his paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally and are in the collections of many prominent media figures including David Bowie and Kanye West.

Mark Wardel lives and works in London.

Curriculum Vitae

  • 1957 – born Wallasey Merseyside


  • 1985-1986 printmaking Chelsea School of Art London (part time)
  • 1975-1978 Wirral College of Art and Design Liverpool Merseyside
    • General theory and freehand drawing City and Guilds Credit
    • Geometry, projection and perspective City and Guilds Credit
    • Pictorial illustration (human) City and Guilds Credit

Selected exhibitions

  • 2013 ‘This Way Out’ (collaboration with Boy George) at Camp & Furnace Liverpool
  • 2013 ‘David Bowie Is’ V&A Museum London (group)
  • 2010 ‘Act Art’ Islington Metal Works London (group)
  • 2009 Urban Uprising Gallery Sydney Australia (solo)
  • 2008 ‘Fellow Travellers’ Contemporary Urban Centre Liverpool (group)
  • 2007 ‘Fellow Travellers’ Salford Museum and Art Gallery Manchester (group)
  • 2007 ‘Kylie’ V&A Museum London (group)
  • 2006 ‘Fly’ Candid Gallery London (solo)
  • 2003 ‘The TradeMark Show’ Candid Gallery London (solo)
  • 2001 Disco Decor (installation) Hollywood Palace Los Angeles California (solo)
  • 2001 ‘Remix’ Stables Yard Gallery London (solo)
  • 1999 ‘Underground Icon’ Departure Lounge London (solo)

Selected collections

  • 2015 David Bowie/Isolar New York City USA
  • 2015 private collection Los Angeles California USA
  • 2015 private collection Los Angeles USA
  • 2015 private collection France
  • 2015 private collection Sydney Australia
  • 2014 private collection Paris France
  • 2014 private collection San Francisco USA
  • 2014 private collection Palm Springs USA
  • 2013 Boy George London
  • 2010 Kanye West Los Angeles California USA

Selected clients and commissions

  • David Bowie/Isolar Archive New York City
  • Defected Records London
  • Soho House London
  • Boy George (Legends 10 management)
  • Absolut Vodka
  • Random House Books
  • Kylie Minogue

Selected publications

  • 2015 ‘The Hot List’, artist Mark Wardel/Grey Gardens Harpers Bazaar (online) 10/9/15
  • 2015 ‘What to see’ Vanity Fair (online) 11/9/15
  • 2015 ‘Mark Wardel, the art of Glitterbox’ Defected Records blog 4/6/15
  • 2015 ‘David Bowie snaps up collection of masks by Mark Wardel’ Daily Mail 4/3/15
  • 2014 ‘Mark Wardel’s Bowie mask’ Nick knight/Show Studio blog 18/8/14
  • 2013 ‘Lifting the mask’ Boy George and Mark Wardel talk. Liverpool Echo 25/10/13
  • 2013 ‘Mark Wardel, British artist talks sex, music, Bowie and his collaboration with Boy George
  • 2013 ‘Punk Globe magazine December
  • 2012 ‘Makers Mark’ Liverpool Echo 29/10/12
  • 2010 ‘Tricks of the TradeMark’ Time Out London 25/10/10
  • 2009 ’T-shirts to fame’ Sydney Morning Herald 17/2/09


  • 2008 ‘Fly by Night, the new art of the club flyer’ Craig McCarthy Thames & Hudson
  • 2008 ‘The Nude Male, 21st. Century visions. David Leddick Rizzoli Books New York
  • 2000 ‘Nocturnal, new club art’ Booth Clibborn Editions
  • 1999 ‘Homme, masterpieces of erotic photography’ Michelle Olley Carlton Books