Mark Gowing (b. 1970) is an artist and typographer working on Gadigal/Wangal country, Sydney, Australia. Through a creative practice spanning more than 35 years he has developed a personal inquiry into the poetry of form, grid and rhythm that he investigates using drawing, photography, found materials and abstracted applications of text. Gowing’s practice centres around the conceptual understanding of languages – graphic, written, oral or cultural. He employs rhythmic and textural interventions to elegantly abstract our agreed visual dialects, questioning our innate understanding of images, form and reading. His works often feature gestures of recontextualised form that create tensions in frequency and suggest alternatives to inherent narratives.

Gowing is the founder and director of The Letters, a type company that specialises in the development of expressive fonts. He is co-founder and creative director of the groundbreaking music arts organisation Longform Editions, and was founder of the landmark arts publisher Formist Editions. Through his highly acclaimed studio practice Gowing has produced creative projects for leading organisations and institutions with a passionate focus on visual art and language, design, film and music. He has been honoured with solo exhibitions at the 22nd International Poster Biennale in Warsaw, Poland; the Divieto d’Affissione in Turin, Italy; and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His work is held in numerous institutional collections including the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, USA.

Solo Exhibitions

  • A realistic picture of a galloping horse, Woollahra Gallery at Readleaf, Sydney, Australia, 2024

  • 30 Manifesti, Divieto d’Affissione, Turin, Italy, 2013

  • Music Art Film, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, 2013

  • Laureates of 21st International Poster Biennale, Warsaw, Poland, 2010

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Sydney Contemporary, Formist Editions stand, Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia, 2022

  • Design Isolate, Australian Design Centre, Sydney, Australia, 2020

  • Segni Esemplari, Bodoni Museum of Parma, Italy, 2019

  • Art of Utopia, Museum for Contemporary Art, Bat Yam, Israel, 2017

  • Hangeul Calligraphy × Latin Typography, Seoul Arts Center, South Korea, 2016

  • How Posters Work, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, USA, 2015

  • Nocturne, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney, Australia, 2013

  • Stalled, Macquarie University Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia, 2013

  • Sketches of Bacon, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney, Australia, 2013

  • Got the Message?, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, Australia, 2013

  • Braun Systems, Walter Knoll Centre, London, UK, 2013

  • Graphic Material, UTS Gallery, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, 2010

Selected Projects

  • Mark Gowing Studio, visual communications, founder and director, 1997–ongoing

  • The Letters, font publisher, founder and director, 2015–ongoing

  • Longform Editions, sound art project, collaboration with Andrew Khedoori, 2018–ongoing

  • Formist Editions, art and design publisher, founder and director, 2013–2024

  • Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, The First 40 Years, publication management and design, Formist Editions, 2024

  • Jonathan Jones, untitled (transcriptions of country), publication management and design, Artspace & Formist Editions, 2023

  • Kapitol, font family design, Formist Foundry, 2023

  • Kapitol, Formist Foundry Typeface Companion 01, publication author, photography and design, Formist Editions, 2022

  • Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro, Ready-made Ruin, publication co-edited with Felicity Fenner and design, Formist Editions, 2022

  • Fiction, font family design, Formist Foundry, 2021

  • Jonathan Jones, works on paper 2010–19, publication management and design, Formist Editions, 2021

  • Taloi Havini, Reclamation, publication management and design, Artspace & Formist Editions, 2021

  • Kris Sowersby: The Art of Letters, publication author/editor and design, Formist Editions, 2021

  • Making Art Public, Kaldor Public Art Projects 1969–2019, publication co-edited with Genevieve O’Callaghan and design, Kaldor Public Art Projects, 2020

  • Boulder Mono, font family design, Formist Foundry, 2019

  • Angelica Mesiti, Assembly, publication management and design, Australia Council for the Arts, 2019

  • Ficciones Typografika: 1642, publication editor and design, Formist Editions, 2019

  • Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, management and design of 30 publications, 2008–2018

  • Gemma Smith: Found Ground, publication editor and design, Formist Editions, 2018

  • Outside Material, The cover art of Preservation Music, publication editor and design, Formist Editions, 2017

  • Preservation Music, experimental music label, co–founder and director, 2001–2017

  • Jonathan Jones, barrangal dyara (skin and bones), publication management and design, Kaldor Public Art Projects, 2016

  • Serous, font family, design Formist Foundry, 2015

  • Australian Poster Biennale, exhibition director, 2013

  • Australian Poster Annual, exhibition director, 2011

  • EyeSaw, exhibition curator, 2008

Selected Publications

  • Sandie Don & Mark Gowing: We were only inches away, Formist Editions, 2022

  • Mark Gowing: Inside the Oblong, Formist Editions, 2020

  • ‍Studio Culture Now, featured, Unit Editions, 2020

  • ‍The History of Graphic Design Volume 2: 1960–Today, featured, Jens Muller, Taschen, 2018

  • ‍Hangeul Calligraphy × Latin Typography, featured, Seoul Arts Center, 2016

  • How Posters Work, featured, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, 2015

  • ‍Got the Message?: 50 years of political posters, Geoffrey J Wallis, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia, 2013

  • New Masters of Poster Design Volume Two, featured, John Foster, Rockport Publishers, 2012

Selected Lectures

  • Semi Permanent, Sydney, Australia, 2022

  • AGI Open, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2019

  • Semi Permanent, Auckland, New Zealand, 2017

  • State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 2017

  • AGI Congress, Biel, Switzerland, 2015

  • Mexico International Poster Biennale, Mexico City, Mexico, 2014

  • Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, 2013

  • University of Technology Sydney, Australia, 2012

  • agIdeas, Melbourne, Australia, 2008

  • Sydney Design Week, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia, 2006

Contact
Mark Gowing is available for commissions, collaborations and private sales. Please email the studio for more information.

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