About the Artist

‘He is a cheerful child who is anxious to please and get things right. Martin works consistently well and is probably working to the best of his abilities and derives pleasure from art... just occasionally he has a day when for some unknown reason things go wrong.’
— J K Campbell, 1971

..Some things do not change. This consummate realist painter and screenprinter is a minor revelation as he continues his wayward odyssey. 

Martin studied at Croydon College, Trent Polytechnic and the Royal Academy Schools, sometime in the last century. He works out of his studio in South London and exhibits continuously.

As an accomplished and inventive screen printer, he eschews photographic and digital techniques and hand paints his stencils directly onto the screen, creating richly coloured densely layered prints. His procrastination series reveal sharp observation and a wry humour.

His other paintings, prints and bus stop sculptures are beautifully crafted from observation. He captures local cityscapes and parks in Brixton, West Norwood and beyond. Other haunting and melancholic compositions are based on anecdotes, poems and songs.

 An important facet of his work is his portraits of records, informed by a life-long love of music and of collecting old 45’s. The songs and artists may be the main attraction, but each painting lovingly reproduces the graphics, design, ageing, personalisation and ephemeral nature of the paper record sleeves themselves. Painted tromp l’oeil or dramatically enlarged, these works are poignant and nostalgic laments to a golden age that continues to resonate.

A series of personalised bus stops, ‘Life in the Bus Lane’ are realised as screen prints and sculptures. A slightly melancholic, sharply funny, snakes and ladders view of life laid out on an iconic London bus stop.

Born 16.04.62

Carshalton Beeches, Surrey

Art Education

1980- 81Foundation Course, Croydon Art School

1981- 84BA (Hons) Fine Art, Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham

1984- 87MA Fine Art, Royal Academy Schools, London

 

Solo Exhibitions 

2014'Whatever Shines Should Be Observed', For Arts Sake, Ealing, London W5

2013'Nothing Forever', Studio 73, Granville Arcade, Brixton Village, SW9

2013'You Are Here And You Want To Be There', Up Down Gallery, Ramsgate, Kent

2013'Turn Left At The Pond Of Uncertainty And Keep Going', Corner Gallery, Carshalton Beeches, Surrey

2013'South London Procrastination Club', Studio 73, Granville Arcade, Brixton Village, SW9

2012'South London Purgatory System', Le Garage, Dulwich Road, Herne Hill, London SE2

2011'The Bus Of Cured Romantics', Watch House Gallery, Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UW

2011'Golden Years and Park Life', GX Gallery, Camberwell, London

2010'Somewhere Under The Rainbow, GX Gallery, Camberwell, London

2010'One Day We'll Look Back On All This And Cry', Westminster Reference Library, London WC1

2009'You Are Here And You Want To Be There', CueB Gallery, Brockley, London

2009'Covers For Unwritten Books', GX Gallery, Camberwell, London

2009'Nobody Knows This Is Somewhere', Ryantown, London

2008'One Day All This Won't Be Yours', GX Gallery, Camberwell, London

2007'Reveries of the Common-Place', GX Gallery, Camberwell, London

2007Whole Truths Half Lies, Jeannie Avent Gallery, East Dulwich

2006'More Adventures in Mediocrity', Hedspace Gallery, Hanover, Brighton

2005'Tales and Reveries from the Wrong Train', St Martin in the Fields Gallery London

2004'Failing Academy' Morrish Road Gallery, Brixton London

2004'Hook, Line and Sinker', Fridge Gallery, Brixton, London

2003Paintings at Given, Columbia Road, London

2002Paintings at Given, Columbia Road, London

2001'Now is this Essential Melancholia', Royal Teas Gallery, Greenwich, London

2001'Now I can't believe it's not Art 74', Metro Gallery, Rupert St, London

1999'Irrelevant Details and Marginal Figures', Metro Gallery, Rupert St, London

1998'Oh yeah, Right, Asif and Chinrub', Baraka Gallery, Greek Street, London

1996'Blind Stitched Hems and Hand Sewn Corners', Strood Library, Kent

1995'False Good Bloke Syndrome', The Gallery, Battersea District Library, London

1994'Somewhere in this Country', The Gallery, Battersea District Library, London

1993Merz Gallery, Earls Court, London

1992Freds Gallery, Soho, London

1991Crypt Gallery, Bloomsbury, London

1990Villa Gallery, Windmill St, London

1990Association of Newham Artists, Newham, London

Group Exhibitions

2014Dulwich Open (Dulwich Festival) West Norwood, London

2014Urban Art Fair, Josephine Ave, Brixton, London

2014Affordable Art Fair, Wills-Art, Hampstead Heath, London

2014Affordable Art Fair, Wills-Art, Battersea Park, London

2014Art 14 London, Up Down Gallery, Olympia Grand, London W14

2014Pop Art 2014, Belgravia Gallery, Albemarle Street, London

2013Christmas Show, Up Down Gallery, Ramsgate, Kent

2013Corner Gallery Christmas Show, Corner Gallery, Carshalton

2013Lambeth Open, Portico Gallery, Knights Hill, West London, London SE27

2013Urban Art Fair, Josephine Ave, Brixton, London

2013Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London

2013Dulwich Open House, Acme Studios, West Norwood, London SE27

2013Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, Piccadilly, London

2013Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London

2013Let Me Introduce You, Up Down Gallery, Ramsgate, Kent

2013Pop Art Show, Belgravia Gallery, Albemarle Street, London

2012'Long Tine No See Old Boy What's Your Poison', (with Jeb Loy Nicholas)

2012Christmas Exhibition, Marle Gallery, Axminster, Devon

2012Marle Gallery Summer Exhibition, Axminster, Devon

2012Urban Art Fair, Josephine Ave, Brixton, London

2012'Curious', site specific art trail, West Norwood Cemetery, London

2012Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, Piccadilly, London

2012Dulwich Festival Open Studios, London

2012'Emotional Resonance' with Vicky Oldfield, Marle Gallery, Axminster, Devon

2012Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London

2011Affordable Art Fair, London and New York

2011Dulwich Open Studios, London

2011Urban Art Fair, Josephine Ave, Brixton, London

2010Affordable Art Fair, London and New York

2010'A is For.....', Wills-Art, Putney, London

2009Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, Piccadilly, London

2009Affordable Art Fair, London and New York

2009Urban Art Fair, Josephine Ave, Brixton, London

2008Affordable Art Fair, London

2008Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, Piccadilly, London

2007Urban Art Fair, Josephine Ave, Brixton, London

2007'Punch' Wills Art Warehouse, Putney

2007Baltic Art Fair, Newcastle

2007Affordable Art Fair, Battersea

2006GX Gallery relaunch, Camberwell,London.

2006Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition, Painters Hall, London

2006Life in the Bus Lane, West Norwood Library Gallery, London

2006Summer Exhibition, Alexander Llewellyn Gallery, London

2006Urban Art Fair, Josephine Avenue, London

2005Battersea Contemporary Art Fair, London

2005Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London

2005Wills Art Warehouse, Putney, London

2005Urban Art Fair, Josephine Avenue, London

2005Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London

2004Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2004Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London

2004Affordable Art Fair Sydney, Australia

2004Affordable Art Fair, Melbourne, Australia

2004Urban Art Fair, Josephine Avenue, London

2003Urban Art Fair, Josephine Avenue, London

2002Broomhill Art Hotel, Barnstable, Devon

2002Dental Surgery Gallery, Corn Hill, London

2001Dental Surgery Gallery, Corn Hill, London

2000Dental Surgery Gallery, Corn Hill, London

1999'Urban Myths and other Realms', Crest Theatre Gallery, Florida, USA

1999Plain Fronts, Traditional Cuts and Cracked Pots', Metro Gallery, London

1998Reynolds Club Exhibition, Royal Academy Schools, London

1998'Three Artists', Broomhill Art Hotel, Barnstable, Devon

1997Summer Exhibition , Thompson Gallery, Dover St Gallery, London

1997Christmas Exhibition, Thompson Gallery, Dover St Gallery, London

1997'Devon Seen', Broomhill Art Hotel, Barnstable, Devon

1997Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

1996Pleins Feux Sur Ivry, Open Studios, Paris France

1996'Mad in England', Contemporary Art Gallery, Oirschot, Holland

1995Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition, London

1994Contemporary Art Gallery, Oirschot, Holland

1994Hunting Prizes Exhibition, Royal Collage of Art, London

1993John Moores 19 Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (PRIZEWINNER)

1993Hunting/Observer Prizes Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

1992South bank Picture Show, Royal Festival Hall, London

1991Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London

1991Contemporary Art Fair, Gent, Belgium

1991Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition, London

1988John Moores 17 Exhibition, Art Gallery, Liverpool

1987Royal Academy Schools MA Show, Diploma Gallery, Royal Academy, London

1986Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

1986Premiums Show, Diploma Gallery, Royal Academy, London