When Port Adelaide artist Mark Lobert began painting professionally more than a decade ago, he dreamed his work would become a huge success. Mark’s love for art started from a young age, but it was in the garage of his family home that his passion really came to life.
“It seems like so long ago now, and I guess it was,” Mark said.
“I started to paint as a creative way to express myself and it grew from there.”
“My art is who I am. Some works are simple, bright and bold, while others are more complex, intricate and layered. I am all those things, often at the same time.”
Mark’s work has been sold to buyers across Australia, including some prominent figures right here in SA.
The Adelaide Airport has displayed his paintings for many years.
Salisbury Mayor Gillian Aldridge also has a number of pieces hanging in her home, and Mawson Lakes’ favourite events venue, Watershed Cafe on Salisbury Highway, also has a series of Mark’s work hanging on its walls.
While Mark’s work branches to locations across the country, he takes great pride in keeping his business rooted in South Australia.
On Wednesday last week, Mark officially opened his new self-titled gallery on Port Road, Alberton, in the neighbourhood where his art career began.
Mark purchased the site with his husband Kevin Golding, about four months ago.
The duo renovated the building into their first co-owned site to showcase their work.
The building features sleek concrete flooring and simple black and white walls, complimented by down lighting and hangings to illuminate the paintings.
It also includes a small garden space at the rear and an exposed stone and brick wall along the left side of the space – a reflection of the Port’s longstanding history.
Mark and Kevin’s pieces fill the once bare walls. Among the paintings are Mark’s renowned pink flamingos, blue cockatoo and floral works.
“We had a clear vision of what we wanted the space to look like, and our contractors have certainly gone above and beyond that, we love it,” Mark said.
“The gallery feels like home. It is very New York-chic but with a modern, industrial flare that acts as the perfect backdrop to really help our pieces stand out.
“Kevin and I are so excited to see what role this space plays in our future.”
Mark and Kevin were wed at the Adelaide Town Hall two weeks ago. Their love for art and culture inspired their dream to co-own a space where they could showcase their individual talents, and share their passion with the Port.
They both have a strong passion for the community and support a number of local charities, often donating paintings for raffles and other fundraising campaigns.
Mark Lobery Gallery is now open to the public and paintings are available for sale.
Mark Lobert Gallery is at 152 Port Rd, Alberton.
Visit marklobertgallery.com for opening hours.