Recently named as Saatchi Arts top 20 emerging artists to watch in 2020, 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. 

Having shown in both solo and group exhibitions internationally, he has a background in design and developed his artistic style creating cutting edge 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. I paint to capture precious moments in time - it’s very much a performance, its 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 @marcus.aitken.art

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Recent Exhibitions:

-The Other Art Fair, Online studios

-Art Pistol Group show, Glasgow

-Floorr Magazine EXH01

-Fresco Gallery Opening show, Portugal

-The Other Art Fair, Victoria House

-The Piglrm, solo show

-Crystal Palace Open House

-The Other Art Fair, Truman Brewery

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

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