For critically acclaimed contemporary figurative fine artist, Mark Grieves, his childhood was one of brilliant memories, much like any kid who was born and grew up in the 1970s/early 1980s. arriving in the world in 1971 in North Shields on the Northumberland coast, just below Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Grieves recalls idling his childhood days away engaged in everything from messing around with bikes and playing footie to crafting makeshift tyre swings with which to circumnavigate streams with. So essentially a thoroughly innocent/hugely adventurous upbringing. Grieves’ father was a shipyard worker, so although times were tough whilst he was growing up (although he remembers his family owning a colour TV!), it was one full of the instilling of respect, coupled with good humour and an innate sense of belonging to a proud community.
But then school was an altogether different matter as far as Grieves was concerned, with school reports habitually stating his ‘inability to concentrate’ and declaring in no uncertain terms that ‘Mark is a dreamer’. Not such a bad quality for a future contemporary artist by any stretch of the imagination.