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February 5, 2017

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Marco Polo Artist/Designer


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?

A:   Everything


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.


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