Martin’s extraordinary oil paintings emerge from the artists fascination with the way we experience landscape in contemporary post-technological world. Appropriating found imagery, which the artist sources from the internet and print materials, as opposed to real locations, correlates to the paradox of how we mostly look at landscape today – which is simultaneously genuine and fabricated.
His use of bold colours, deliberately estranged from the natural landscape, and intuitive handling of formal devices within painting emphasise the artist’s mocking view of the society’s obsession with digital imagery. Martin’s bold, colourful and free interpretation of landscape has quickly gained him attention and recognition among collectors worldwide.
Ray Martin graduated from Manchester School of Art in 2014, was selected for Saatchi New Sensations the same year, and has exhibited widely since.
He lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
2016, PS Mirabel, Manchester, “Spectrum”, *1st Prize Winner*
2015, Bankley Gallery, Manchester, Open Call, *Shortlisted*
2014, SAATCHI New Sensations, *Shortlisted*
2017, PS Mirabel, Manchester, “Slashforward”
2015, The Sugar Store Gallery, Kendal, “The Inexperienced Landscape”
Selected group shows:
2016, PS Mirabel, Manchester, “Spectrum”
2016, The Old Fenton Library, Stoke, “Paradise Now II”
2015, Bankley Gallery, Manchester, Bankley Open
2015, Manchester Contemporary Art Fair, Manchester
2015, The Wonder Inn, Manchester, “Paradise Now”
2015, Gastein, Manchester, “Carried Away’ After Hours”
2014, Manchester Contemporary Art Fair, Manchester
2014, Manchester School of Art, Manchester, “ALWAYSALWAYSLAND”
2014, Bureaux Gallery, Manchester, “Post Everything”
2014, Piccadilly Place, Manchester, “Reverie”
2014, Link Gallery, Manchester, “Unititled”
2013, KRAAK Gallery, Manchester, “Ruf Guild”
2013, Antwerp Mansion, Manchester, Munich, Barcelona, “AUSSTELLUNG-EXPOSICIO”