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Hersham-based artist Mark Gower

PUBLISHED: 16:19 06 August 2009 | UPDATED: 16:06 20 February 2013

Hersham-based artist Mark Gower

Hersham-based artist Mark Gower

Hersham-based artist Mark Gower's work certainly has that wow factor - he once designed a stage set for pop group Liberty X.

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine July 2009

Hersham-based artist Mark Gower's work certainly has that wow factor - he once designed a stage set for pop group Liberty X.

Today, using a combination of line drawing and digital photography, his striking portraits aim to capture the energy of modern life.

"My whole life is based in Surrey," says the 35-year-old, who in another life could have played for Newcastle United. "I have a studio at home and I lecture at Kingston University on the interior design course. I moved to Hersham from London with my wife and two daughters three years ago to be closer to the rest of our family who were already living here.

"Being a dad of two lively little girls has been a major influence on my work. I want to capture the essence of what family is all about: chaotic, lively, fun and precious. Family life is all around you in Surrey, so I'm never far from inspiration."


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