Artists from North London raise funds for brain appeal

11:32 November 1, 2021

An award-winning Crouch End artist attends a fundraiser for the hospital that treated him for a brain tumor

The winner of the Sunday Times Watercolor Competition 2020, Mark Entwisle, is donating, along with other artists, an envelope-sized work of art to The National Brain Appeals A Letter in Mind exhibition.

The portrait painter also runs a virtual watercolor workshop to raise money for the charity, which raises money for the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurourgery.

Artwork by Mark Entwisle for the 2020 A Letter in Mind exhibition

Artwork by Mark Entwisle for the 2020 A Letter in Mind exhibition
– Credit: Lent by the artist

The 59-year-old said: “I am always happy to attend. I have direct experience of what National Hospital can do for patients and feel so grateful for how they helped me and also for all that all NHS staff have “Being part of the Covid Pandemic. Participating in A Letter in Mind was such a perfect way for me to show my gratitude.”

Other Crouch End and Muswell Hill artists participating in the online art sale include Lisa-Marie Price, Russell Herron, Carol Tarn, Lucy Smith, Julie Held, Helen Brough, Jo Angell, Stella Yarrow, Anita Mangan, Matthew Cooper, Craig Barnard and his daughter Matilda Swift-Barnard.

Everyone has made works on the back of an envelope, which will be displayed anonymously online and can be purchased for £ 85 from 4 November at. 11.00.

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Entwisle was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2014 and monitored at Rigshospitalet with annual MRI scans for five years before he was advised to have it removed. Surgery involved a risk of losing hearing in his right ear, so he opted for a less invasive radiosurgery with a gamma knife. The treatment in March 2019 took place over an intense morning, but he was home again in the afternoon, took painkillers and within two months he felt normal again.

Mark Entwisle's artwork donated to the 2019 A Letter in Mind exhibition

Mark Entwisle’s artwork donated to the 2019 A Letter in Mind exhibition
– Credit: Lent by the artist

During his 15 years as an illustrator, Entwisle designed record covers, jackets for Penguin Books and posters for the National Theater. But then he switched to portrait painting and in 1999 got his first work of art accepted by the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery.

As he walked through the school with undiagnosed dyslexia, he says he “always had the feeling that I was behind.”

“Reading and spelling was so hard for me and I felt stupid.”

One day, his principal walked into a room full of students, held up a drawing, and asked who it was.

“He looked over at the older boys and was surprised when I held out my hand. I was only seven and he said it was an excellent drawing! From that moment on, I identified myself as an artist. Where others read, I draw “I can not imagine doing anything else.”

A Letter in Mind – Making Your Mark previews from November 2 with sales opening at. 11.00 on November 4 at

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