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Paul Martin

Paul Martin began his studies in the late 1960's at Birmingham School of Art, a college dominated by Abstract Expressionism, before moving to the Royal Academy whose more traditional methods focused largely on life-drawing. Neither approach proved entirely congenial, but Paul describes those years as ones of 'productive disagreement'.

Paul's own artistic practice has always been firmly rooted in nature, but nature seen as a metaphor, never the end but always only the start of the journey. Something similar might be said of his use of the human figure: his figures are tangible yet otherworldly. They exist in the here and now, but also somewhere else, in memory perhaps, or in death. Their eyes engage directly with the viewer, a gaze not challenging, but steady and serene and seeking communion. Their hands make mysterious but meaningful gestures, inviting us into their realm, a realm of eutaxic harmony beyond the surface dazzle of the phenomenal world. Myth and folklore have been another source of inspiration for Paul, as indeed has language itself: all three are cultural constructs created over countless centuries, and in all three the process of their becoming is inscribed in their current form.

Paul Martin has exhibited widely both at home and abroad, and has work in the collections of The Royal Academy, The British Museum and the BBC. Over the course of his career he has garnered many awards including The British Institution prize for Printmaking and The Royal Academy Awards for Painting and Printmaking.

This website shows both past work as well as the most recent developments in Paul’s thought and art. The works are not philosophical treaties about life and art, but are offered as a guide to looking afresh at the world in which we live and at that which surrounds us.
1948 Born in Bournemouth

1969-71 Birmingham School of Art

1971-73 The Royal Academy Schools

1974-81 Lecturer, Sheffield School of Art, Psalter Lane

1979-99 Art Master, Rugby School, Warwickshire

1999-2009 Lecturer, The Leith School of Art, Edinburgh


1969 Northern Young Contemporaries Exhibition

1971-73 Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions

1972 National Touring Exhibition, Arts Council

1975 Free University, Amsterdam

1976-77 Radlett Gallery, Hertfordshire

1978-84 Aix-en Provence, France

1984-86 William Curtis Gallery, Perth, Australia

1987 Mandorla Prize Exhibition, Perth, Australia

1990-96 Rugby School Exhibition, Warwickshire

1991 De Weem Gallery, Westeremden, Holland

1992-95 Burton Dassett Church, Warwickshire

1994 Welcome Trust, Euston, London

1996-98 Privately Sponsored Exhibitions, Rugby

1998 Evreux, France

1998 Longland and Ryle Gallery, London

1998-1999 Art Revisited, Groningen, Hollan

1999 St Luke’s Church, Highgate, London

2001-2002 Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh

2003 Flying Colours Gallery, London

2004 Northlight Gallery, Huddersfield

2005 Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh

2006 Flying Colours Gallery, London

2008 Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh

2009 The Henderson Gallery, Edinburgh


Chancery Bequest, Royal Academy of Art

British Museum Collection of Modern Drawings

British Broadcasting Corporation, London

Corporate Mining Company, Perth, Australia

De Weem Collection, Holland

The Coq Collection, Amsterdam, Holland

Altarpiece, St Luke’s Church, London

Ikons, Church of the Ascension, Rugby

Lynda Todd Collection, Bournemouth


1971 British Institution Prize for Printmaking

1971-73 David Murray Scholarship for Landscape

1972 Hacker Prize for Printmaking

1973 Royal Academy Award for Printmaking

1973 RA Award for Academic Drawing and Painting

1978 Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Award


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