Mark Hearld at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Hat Box Squirrels by Mark Hearld

17 November 2012 – 17 February 2013

“Birds and Beasts” is an exhibition by artist and designer Mark Hearld featuring his trademark brightly coloured collages and lithographic prints.

“Birds and Beasts” showcases Hearld’s practice which stems from a love of the British countryside, curiosity for objects and a magpie approach to collecting. Hearld has taken inspiration from Yorkshire Sculpture Parks’s 500-acre historic estate and its inhabitant wildlife to create new work, all of which is available to buy.

Amanda Peach, Craft Officer & Buyer at Yorkshire Sculpture Park says: “Mark Hearld could be one of the Romantics – he has an intensely creative mind and a poetic focus to his work. He displays a love affair with the natural world, depicting creatures, birds and everyday life in a way that reaches out to everyone. Mark’s show at YSP is an opportunity for him to express his creativity, not only producing artwork but also managing production of products and working with other local artists on collaborative projects.”

Born in 1974 and based in York, Hearld studied illustration at Glasgow College of Art before completing an MA in natural history illustration at the Royal College of Art. His work is now exhibited all over the UK and commissions include set design for the 2005 film Nanny McPhee and a range of ceramics for Tate. The exhibition coincides with the publication of a first monographic book, published by Merrell, and the launch of Hearld’s first hand-printed wallpaper for St Jude’s, which has been shortlisted in the Elle Decoration British Design Awards 2012.

(from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s press materials)


Yorkshire Sculpture Park
West Bretton
Wakefield, Yorkshire WF4 4LG
United Kingdom

(1924) 832631

Daily (through 30 March), 10AM-5PM
31 March-26 October, 10AM-6PM
Closed 1 March, 24 and 25 December
Gates Locked at 6PM


Hat Box Squirrels
by Mark Hearld
Image courtesy of the artist
© Mark Hearld