Marcus Aitken

Marcus Aitken

London, Lambeth, United Kingdom

About Marcus Aitken

Marcus Aitken is a contemporary artist and painter, living and working in London. He was recently named as Saatchi Arts top 20 emerging artists to watch in 2020.

“Marcus’ rigorous design background shines through in his creative process—building up and distressing multiple layers of pigment on wood panels, and then applying expressive brushstrokes—ultimately yielding expertly balanced and dramatic compositions.”

– Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator & VP Saatchi Art

Marcus’ paintings are a series of process led works. He uses a combination of layering, distressing and blending to build a multifaceted surface, adding a sense of depth and drama to the work.

Marcus comes from a design background and has evolved his practice through mixed media, sculpture and jewellery design. He brings his experiences from previous practices to enrich his new works. The results are vibrant, energetic paintings with exciting sculptural elements.


1st Class Honours Degree - London College of Communication: UAL



The Other Art Fair - 2019
Art Pistol - 2019
Fresco gallery Portugal - 2019
The Pilgrm solo show - 2019
The Other Art Fair - 2019
Crystal Palace Open House - 2019
Control Exhibition - 2018
Bog Standard - 2018
Deptford X Arts Festival - 2018