Mark Cairns is an award winning artist based in Barwon Heads, Victoria Australia. His works are inspired by the ocean and the landscape in which surrounds the coast.

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Ti-tree lined streets, a sculpted shoreline, meandering river banks, a historic timber bridge, small jetties, the magnificent bluff and snaking walking tracks all combine to create a dress circle for the main feature…the sea and all its changing faces.All combine to set the stage in Barwon Heads, an idyllic seaside town on the Bellarine Peninsula, for the home studio of Mark Cairns. It is from here Mark draws his inspiration.


Mark paints the water and the moods created by the light flickering over the undulations formed by the elements, waves responding in harmony, to a masterful virtuoso performance.  The horizon always there but never the same. The sky, like a performer in the background seeks adulation. Imposing its presence on the foreground. Mark’s environs are surrounded, by water but that is only the foreword.


The real story lies in the juxtaposition of urban, sometimes coastal, shapes reflecting their purpose in this ever-changing seascape. The balances, perspectives and lines come from Mark’s graphic design background.  The techniques, layers and application come from his fine arts training and study. The colours sourced from the palette of nature itself. Together they provide a contemporary interpretation, appearing as windows to an infinite view of life, mirroring a journey of exploration that has only just begun…


1992 Lossiemouth Award – Bellarine Art Show

1993 Best Watercolour – St Josephs Award

1994 Olin/Winchester Award – Bellarine Art Show

1995 ‘Public Vote Award’ – Target Art Show

1996 Searoad Peninsula Transport – Major Award – Bellarine Art Show

1996 Angair Art Show – Second Prize

1997 Jarman Framing, Up & Coming Artist Award – Camberwell Art Show

1997 9”x5” Art Prize – St Leonards College

1997 Guyett Real Estate – Major Award – Bellarine Art Show

1997 ‘Public Vote Award’ – Mt Waverley Art Show

1997 Finalist in Alice Bale Travelling Scholarship

1997 Second Prize – Angair Art Show

2004 Finalist in The Waterhouse Prize, South Australian Museum

2011 Finalist in The Waterhouse Prize, South Australian Museum

2013    Queenscliff Art Prize – Major Award




Private and Public. Interstate & International – UK, USA , Hong Kong, Amsterdam




1992 Lossiemouth Gallery Restaurant

1993 ‘The Gallery’ Torquay

1994 ‘The Gallery’ Torquay

1995 ‘The Gallery’ Torquay

1997 Ryrie Street Art Gallery

1998 Without Pier Gallery

1999 Without Pier Gallery

2000 Without Pier Gallery

2001 Without Pier Gallery

2006 Without Pier Gallery

2011 Gallery Sorrento



1993 Kardinia Picture Framers/Gallery

1996 Ryrie Street Gallery

1998 Art Images Gallery

1999 Art Images Gallery

1999 Momento Art Show – Geelong Regional Art Gallery

2000 First Settlement Gallery

2002 On Shore Art

2003 First Settlement Gallery

2003 On Shore Art

2003 Geelong Regional Artists Exhibition – Gordon Institute

2004 The Geelong Experience

2004 The Waterhouse Prize – South Australian Museum

2005 The Geelong Experience

2005 Inspiration from the Sea, Lorne Art Gallery

2005 Without Pier Gallery 10th Anniversary Exhibition

2005 Contemporary Art for Corporate Spaces

2008 Metropolis Gallery

2009 Natural Orientation – Without Pier Gallery

2010 Scape-ism – Metropolis Gallery

2011 The Waterhouse Prize – South Australian Muse

2013    Elements – Tussock Upstairs Gallery

2014    Coastal Collective – Tussock Upstairs Gallery

2015    Geelong College Art Show




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