From the moment I saw the Bowie painting looking at me as I descended the stairs at Coya Mayfair, I thought wow to myself (I am an avid Bowie fan anyway, so this added to the excitement of seeing it up close) I wondered round Coya, where numerous works of the artist are hanging. I wanted to meet the person creating these. Luckily I did, and we had a very candid, fun chat.
Q: Tell me who you are
A: Marco Polo, but I was born Marc Anthony Richard Burton, my grandmother showgirl had an affair with Richard Burton and my father was the result.
Q: Describe your style
A: It's a mismatch of Pop Art, Street Art, bordering on contemporary.
Q: Was painting always your goal?
A: Up until 2014 I was working in the City (Commodities to be exact) I was doodling at my desk and a colleague offered me £50 for my sketch.
Q: What were you doodling?
A: Insanity by Albert Einstein
Q: What is integral to your work?
A: Messing up a straight laced wall, the contrast of putting up something that could have been hanging on a mural in Bethnal Green.
Q: Your taste in music?
Q: Tell me something about you that nobody knows
A: When I was living in Sydney Australia, I had a job as a parking attendant. I had to hold a huge cardboard arrow and direct people, I absolutely loved it, it was the best job I ever had.
Marc's work is currently at Coya Mayfair London. From 1st June 2017, it will be in Claridges London too.
Marc observing Bowie at Coya
A wonderful afternoon at Coya sipping their legendary Pisco Sours, surrounded by Marc's artwork.