Mark Firth was born in Britain in 1952. He spent a year as Drawing Resident at the Glyptotek Museum, Copenhagen (1970-71), before studying mechanical engineering at the University of Birmingham (1971-72). He then changed from engineering to art and studied at Camberwell School of Art (1972-76) and at the Slade School of Art, University College, London (1976-78). Mark Firth currently lives and works in London.
Mark Firth has exhibited his work regularly in Britain, Europe, Canada and the United States. His sculpture is in numerous public and private collections internationally.
After university Firth won a travel scholarship to Japan where he spent a year absorbing Japanese culture and visiting factories where work was done by robots. He became fascinated with engineering, the sciences, physics and the history of scientific phenomena, which still remains a major concern in Firth's work. Working in a variety of media including aluminium and steel, as well as lasers and holograms Firth draws on physics and the history of science. The formal compositions of his work have become progressively simpler and has recently involved the manufacturing of basic cuboids, combined in ways that involve both reduction and magnification. Familiar forms in Firths work represent fundamental elements of construction in our modern built environment. These forms represent the most efficient man made combinations of positive and negative space that are used all over the world in the girders that structure so much of our surrounding infrastructure. To Firth these elements are synonymous with modernity, but by removing their function Firth dislocates them from their industrial intention and draws attention to their design and sculptural quality. In his work Firth exposes that which is usually concealed and appropriates architectural invention for contemplation and art.