Mark Horst carries a quiver full of painterly gifts. His startling work reveals wild pinpricks of the eternal, often in the subtlest of images. Make no mistake, the paintings sometimes hold our feet to the flame-a door between a collectively understood image and some new paint-spirit that comes hurtling through. Not always a comfortable experience.

That door is also a gateway between the tacit and the explicit-his sheer feel and technique is obvious, but there are other energies at work here too, some ancient condition of the soul.

Horst is one of the few new painters to hold the paradox of tradition and innovation within him- there is brilliance here.

MARTIN SHAW, author, teacher and painter.

Mark Horst's paintings are where... simplicity meets craft, where humility meets emotion, where spirituality meets the earth. Mark's dedication to accuracy, truth and instinct lead to an unforced beauty rarely achieved.

Timothy Frantzich, songwriter and producer