Grey Deer Pony and Stag signed 'Marcus Hodge' (upper left) and dated '2011' (lower left) oil on canvas 59 x 79.5cm (23 1/4 x 31 5/16in).
Marcus Hodge is known for his portraits, horses and landscapes. His work is united by his classical painterly style with a contemporary twist, which owes much to a rigorous five years of training in the old master techniques in Spain. On returning to Britain in 1996, Marcus' work was exhibited three times by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. For the past 15 years his portraits have been represented exclusively by Fine Art Commissions of Bury Street in London and he has held five solo shows in their galleries in Cork Street and Bury Street. Recent commissions include a large pair of paintings for the Kings Troop RHA to commemorate their 60th Anniversary Parade and a stalking scene at Balmoral for the Scots Guards, to record their summer posting in 2007 as the Royal Guard. Marcus is also one of the first artists to be commissioned by the Jockey Club. In 2010 Marcus embarked on his most ambitious picture to date. He was commissioned by the 3rd Rifles to paint a scene of Sangin market in Afghanistan, to mark the end of their 6 month tour.