Born in Sussex in 1966, Marcus Hodge gained a degree in Economics from London University in 1988. In 1989 he moved to Spain to undertake a rigorous five year training in classical oil painting at one of the few remaining establishments in Europe that taught the traditional techniques of Proportion, Claroscuro, Still Life and Portraiture. He studied at the Escuela Libre Del Mediterraneo in Palma. On completing his training, he became the third person in the school’s 25 year history to be invited to remain as a tutor. He has since become, “one of the most successful portrait artists of his generation,” (William Packer, Art Critic for the Financial Times.) In 1996, Marcus returned to Britain and within a year he had exhibited with Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
Marcus' first trip to India in 2001 inspired his first solo exhibition, a mixture of landscapes of India and of portraits. He has returned many times since. In 2010 he was commissioned by the Third Rifles Battalion and travelled with them to Afghanistan to create a large painting of the soldiers at work in Sangin market.
In recent years his numerous commissions have included a large pair of paintings for the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, to commemorate their 60th Anniversary parade in Hyde Park; the President of the Union Club in New York; The Scots Guards at Balmoral; The Jockey Club in Newmarket, the Vice Chancellors of Bournemouth University and Lord Tebbit for the Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital.
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