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Mark Whyte

Mark Whyte is a Lyttelton artist who graduated with a  BFA in Sculpture from the Ilam School of Fine Art. He specialises in stone sculpture, heritage restoration, public statuary in marble and bronze, and bronze portraiture. His earliest work in stone heritage restoration was with Takaka marble for the Wellington Parliament refurbishment project in1992??. Since then he  has played a key role in restoring many of the iconic Gothic Revival buildings around Christchurch and Lyttelton designed by Benjamin Mountfort, most of which were destroyed or severely damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.

The largest of his various public works  in the Canterbury region is the statue of double Victoria Cross winner Charles Upham at Amberley. In 2009 Whyte was commissioned by the Local Heroes Trust to make twelve bronze  busts of prominent Cantabrians to commemorate their achievements in business, culture, sport and the arts. These portraits are currently installed near the clocktower entrance of the Christchurch Arts Centre.

Whyte also has works on Waiheke Island and in Sydney and London. He plays in a local band, Into the Void, with fellow artists Ronnie van Hout and Jason Grieg.

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