Mark Peppé

Mark Peppé Autobiography February 2016

1934 born with twin brother Rodney Peppé

1935 to India, the family estates bordering Nepal.

1957-60 The Slade studying painting and etching.

1958 Marry Tereska Lisiewicz, Polish, in England since 1942. In 1939, at a year old, she and her mother were deported to a Russian labour camp. In 1942, released, they also dodge U-boats to get to Scotland.

1960 leave the Slade early in my last year to work for Cosmopolitan Artists, Kings Road, Chelsea drawing visuals for photo stories – an Italian idea. Photo stories fail and the studio is reduced to the boss, Enzo Plazzotta [later a successful sculptor of ballet dancers, trained pre-war in Milan] and me. We do a strip together under the name of Giusti – with a lot of help from Rip Kirby strip books and a Grant projector. I do the pencils, he inks in. Cosmopolitan Artists were also agents for Italian artists. In addition to pencilling I flog around publishers and advertising agents as a very bad agent.

Winter of 1961. Plazzotta and I playing tennis, he slips and injures his back meaning the end of the partnership. I set out as a freelance illustrator and find that all my years of art schools and life drawing are a very feeble preparation for professional illustration.

1962. First child born, Victoria. I start working through years of strips for various publishers, then move to general illustration – mostly educational and historical.

1963 Son Luke born.

1967 Daughter Gemma born. I exhibit a family portrait plus cat in the Royal Academy.

1971 Son Daniel born.

1975 – 81 Teaching illustration, life drawing and design at Eastbourne Art School together with freelancing.

1982 Return to just freelancing.

November 1999 my 1208th and last illustration job. Since then, mostly painting.