Born and raised in Reading, UK, Mark Andrew Webber was diagnosed with Juvenile Chronic Arthritis at the age of 12, placing severe restrictions on his movement. Determined to not let his disability stand in the way of his passion for art and design, Mark Andrew Webber endured several years of intensive medication and therapy, eventually leaving him well enough to study graphic design at Art College.

Webber’s passion for typography combined with his love of printing and linocut, and in 2006 he created the first in a series of typographic city maps that have rapidly become his trademark – one which is much-aped but never matched.

Each map takes hundreds of hours to create, from researching localized typographical styles and iconography, to painstakingly hand-carving the design from linoleum. Webber’s most recent map of Berlin measures an astonishing 3.4 x 1.7m and took over 16 months to produce. The final artworks are printed directly from the linocut block, instilling each print with a unique character – something that the artist often explores further with a variety of mixed media hand finishing.

Webber’s innate fascination with geometry, line and form are also evident within his pseudo op art series, where dense and seemingly impossible layers of lines meet more instantly familiar geometric shapes in works of dazzling complexity. His FORM series of works launched in February 2014 and culminated in a major UK solo show Wonderlust in July 2014.

The recipient of a prestigious Silver Cube award from the Art Directors Club of New York and a member of the International Society of Typographic Designers, Webber has also completed high-profile commissions for a range of companies including Courvoisier, MTV and the cover of Crafts magazine, as well as exhibiting alongside graphic design luminaries such as Alan Fletcher, Margaret Calvert, Ken Garland, and Derek Birdsall.

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