Rasher, born Mark Kavanagh, grew up in the seaside town of Bray, Co. Wicklow.
After attracting interest with several self-mounted shows, he held a successful one-man show in Dublin which led to newspaper profiles and an appearance on the Late Late Show. Since then he
has established himself as one of the most interesting painters of his generation.
His principal subject has always been the human figure, often solitary, treated with a vivid directness that hints at his acknowledged masters—Caravaggio, Dali, Bacon, Hopper—but that, in the end, belongs to Rasher alone.