Hands Be Still, Mary Poppins - Panoramic Canvas Edition

  • Limited Edition
  • Hand Embellished Limited Edition Print
  • 95 x 133 cms
  • £1,295.00 (inc VAT)

This piece forms part of the ‘Storyteller Has Returned’ collection.

Taking you back to where it all started in his formative years as a professional, full time artist, Mark has created new chapters that continue to expand on, and position earlier works with mesmerizing imagery that are each driven by his unique multi-layered narratives. Re-imagining adored childhood fairy tales that include ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Snow White’, this truly beautiful collection showcases Mark going back to his roots whilst also demonstrating his incredible transformation as an artist and visual storyteller.

This price of £1,295 is for:
SUPER PANORAMIC HAND EMBELLISHED CANVAS EDITION: Limited to only 5 pieces worldwide. Framed size 95 x 133 cm (Approx)
Hands Be Still – Mary Poppins

‘Hands Be Still’ is inspired by ‘Mary Poppins’, it shows this moment in time just prior to my 2017 piece ‘It’s Not Goodbye’ and it’s effectively everything stopping. So, what you can see in the image is an absolute buzz from all the butterflies fluttering around, the smoke rising up from the chimneys, the sunlight coming through the buildings, the clouds, the birds, the clock within the glass dome with the hands running away from themselves. Everything’s just stopped. The working title for the image was ‘Please Don’t Leave’ linking to ‘It’s Not Goodbye’, it’s two people effectively talking to each other, silently if anything, reassuring that nothing is forever, and we will meet again. So, it’s a really beautifully, poignant concept behind a very pretty image.

It actually relates to a 2016 commissioned piece entitled ‘The Beast From The East’ which was a much darker concept where it’s showing within the same setting, a toxic, dominating relationship that Mary and Bert had. It was something that I completely put together myself and it was pretty intense! Yet what you now see is that it’s a new chapter, things have moved on, evolved and are much lighter. What you have within this ultra-urban space is the impact of this persons work, where everything is so beautiful and unexpected within that environment and it’s what you leave behind, effectively.

This concept of evolution with the butterflies being set free, the leaves changing colour, the flowers growing and withering but new ones coming in their place, there’s just so much going on. It’s an image that I feel incredibly happy to have created, there’s a sense of comfort achieved, it’s how I talk through my art. I hope that so many people will find the same sort of comfort within this piece from what I’m trying to say, as well as it being a really quirky reference to ‘Mary Poppins’. The penguins that I’ve used quite a few times before that I now show as these little topiary creatures that are stood there guarding the clock, there’s so much to seek out and I’ve loved every minute, it’s a really, really special picture.

NB: When price matching on various sites – as we all do, please note that each of Mark’s editions supplied through Gallery 21 comes complete with our own stunning framing as shown. With wider, deeper mounts and more expensive mouldings than most on offer elsewhere.

Be sure to contact the gallery for current availability to avoid disappointment.

STANDARD: Framed size 73 x 123 cm (Approx)
Limited Edition £ 545 – Limited to only 25 pieces worldwide
Hand Embellished Artist Proof Edition £645 – Limited to only 5 pieces worldwide

PANORAMIC DELUXE: Framed size 87 x 122 cm (Approx)
Limited Edition £795 – Limited to only 10 pieces worldwide
Hand Embellished Artist Proof Edition £895 – Limited to only 2 pieces worldwide

THE ORIGINAL WORK: Framed size 100 x 160 cm
Original £3,895 – only 1 piece worldwide, if available.
NB: All one off original works are bespoke framed by the artist and are enhanced to match the work.


Framed using a 7cm wide double acid free mount with a 7 m wide moulding in black with silver leaf edges, as displayed.
NB: Can also be supplied in square profile matt black frame, if requested when ordered.

Double framed using a 7cm wide white deep inner slip, with a 7cm wide moulding in black with silver leaf edges, as displayed. NB: Can also be supplied in square profile matt black frame, if requested when ordered.

All one off original works are bespoke framed, then hand enhanced by the artist to individually match the piece.

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