Imaginative Realism Art

Imaginative Realism Art

Mark Poole is a globally renowned, award-winning artist specializing in oil painting. He’s created stunning dream-like fantasy illustrations that have been taking his viewers on emotional journeys for over 20 years. Mark is currently focusing on his personal works of imaginative realism. His oil paintings cross subtle landscapes of dreams with emotional journey.

As a child, Mark was constantly moving as a result of his dad’s Air Force enlistment. His only constants were his family and his love of comics, fantasy and sci-fi novels, and drawing. He was influenced by the fictional worlds created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, particularly in John Carter of Mars. Reading about new and exciting fantasy worlds inspired him to draw his own.

Mark began his career by drawing for companies like TSR and Dragon Magazine, as well as many local press and independent gaming companies. In 1992, he was asked to create for Wizards of the Coast and became one of the original artists for the game Magic: The Gathering. Some of his early card illustrations were:

  • Ancestral Recall
  • Counterspell
  • Birds of Paradise
  • Balance
  • Liberty of Alexandria

Although he’s still involved in the gaming industry, Mark continues to create art for his personal gallery. Visit the Gallery page now to see some of the masterful illustrations he’s completed.

Mark has produced art for a variety of clients across the country, including:

  • Magic: The Gathering
  • Fantasy Flight Games (FFG)
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Upper Deck
  • The History Channel
  • Blizzard Entertainment
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Lucasfilm
  • Catalyst Game Labs
  • Dover Publications
  • White Wolf Publishing
  • Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG)

No matter what project Mark is working on, he gives it his all to produce the kind of immersive art his fans know and love.

Contact Mark today to learn more about his artwork.