Marcus is a contemporary artist and painter from South London who uses a combination of layering, distressing and blending to present a multifaceted surface to his work. His work has been featured in various publications including Schön! Magazine, Art Plugged, Saatchi Online, Trebuchet, Condé Nast and Culture Trip and was recently named as one of Saatchi Arts top 20 emerging artists to watch in 2020. 

Having shown in exhibitions internationally, he has a background in design and developed his artistic style creating cutting edge gestural abstract works with vibrant and exciting sculptural elements. 

“Marcus’ rigorous design background shines through in his creative process—building up and distressing multiple layers of pigment on wood panels and canvas, and then applying expressive brushstrokes—ultimately yielding expertly balanced and dramatic compositions.”

– Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator & VP Saatchi Art


“For me, it’s all about the physicality of painting and connecting with my materials, tools and surfaces in different ways. I paint to capture precious moments - I suppose there is an element of performance when I work as the output is very raw, impulsive and intuitive.


Marcus regularly exhibits his work and has commissioned works for commercial spaces and individual collectors. To keep up with the latest exhibitions, art fairs and news, follow Marcus on Instagram @marcusaitken_


Schon! Magazine

Art Plugged Interview

Visionary Projects

Trebuchet Magazine

Saatchi Art Interview

Sefton Fashion

The Pilgrm Interview

Open House Interview

Culture Trip on South London



UAL, London College of Communication, Illustration, London, UK


Camberwell College of Arts, Foundation Course, London, UK


-The Other Art Fair, Online studios

-Leeds Summer Group Show, Online

-Art Pistol Group show, Glasgow

-Floorr Magazine EXH01, Online

-Fresco Gallery group show, Portugal

-The Other Art Fair, Victoria House, London

-The Piglrm, solo show, London 

-Crystal Palace Open House, London

-The Other Art Fair, Truman Brewery, London

-Control Exhibition - Curator and Exhibitor, London
-Deptford X art festival, London

-Bog Standard, The strand, London
-Lumi Arts In house showcase, Pimlico
-Homo Promo, Old Street