Artist spotlight: The Talented Mr Rayner Posted on 10 Jul 10:00

Seed is pleased to present a new collection of weird and wonderful ceramic figurines by Mark Rayner. Mark’s works are informed by fantasy, hyperbole and often the absurd or abject. He transgresses social norms and combines beauty and vulgarity in careful measure in subversive creations that never fail to amuse.

MR_Happy Cat  MR_Merman

Mark is a true Renaissance man and his interests are diverse, as his many and varied occupations attest.
Mark and his brother Paul run Rayner Brothers Gallery in Whanganui, where they show their own work along with guest artists.
Mark is also a playwright; his play, 'The Pin-up Boys', is due to be staged by the Ellerslie Theatrical Society from 11 - 19 August. Additionally, having trained as a garden designer, Mark writes a monthly DIY column for Kiwi Gardener magazine and creates regular art and DIY projects for Resene's website. 

On top of all this, Mark works part-time as a postie for NZ Post and cares tirelessly for his three cats Matilda (17), Mandy (5) and Ziggy (5)!