Martin Davis |

United Kingdom

B,Soc.Econ Birmingham University

December 2009

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Martin was raised in Shirebrook, a coal mining village in NE Derbyshire, UK and developed his love of art at an early age. He is almost wholly self-trained, his only formal qualification being an Art “O” level from his schooldays. Even so he has sold work to private collectors around the world and secured coveted gallery space in local Derbyshire galleries. In recent years he has been selected for exhibition in prestigious galleries including Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2022. Like many artists he came to professional art late. After University (Birmingham-an honours degree in Economics) he had a brief spell in finance before joining the Fire & Rescue Service in Derbyshire in 1977. Although he never really stopped painting he only committed himself fully to his art in 2008 after leaving the Service. Mainly an artist in oils Martin’s output is wide-ranging and covers landscapes and urban scenes to more figurative work and portraiture, but whatever the work his style is characterized by his trademark vibrancy of colour and an attention to fine detail, often accompanied by a slightly surreal twist. Artist’s statement :- “Painting for me is a kind of ecstasy, an intense & personal struggle to bring to life a private world of accumulated memories & images. It’s often exhausting and exhilarating at the same time but it also acts like a balm, calming my soul like nothing else. I try to use my sense of colour and love of form to raise the spirits. One of my abiding hopes is that, like music, art can serve to engender a greater sense of wellbeing - in observer and creator alike. I believe that at its best it can be a simple, joyful experience as well as a vehicle for asking more difficult & fundamental questions about human experience.” Recent CV April 2016 – “Looking to the stars” Group Exhibition, Brick Lane Gallery Annexe, London (Hornshaw Gallery) July - Sept 2016 - "Everyone" Group Exhibition, Derby Museum & Art Gallery Aug 2016 - Midlands Open Art Exhibition 2016, Tarpey Gallery, 77 High Street, Castle Donington, Derbys Sept 2017 - shortlisted Columbia Threadneedle Art Prize 2018 Nov 2017 - Great Sheffield Art Show, Millenium Gallery, Sheffield Feb 2019 - Solo exhibition, West Studios, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield Nov 2019 - Great Sheffield Art Show 2019, Open exhibition, 2020 “Self” group exhibition, Espacio Gallery, Holborn, London, 2020 - longlisted Jacksons Art Prize 2020 Harley Gallery Open art exhibition - exhibitor 2020 ING Discerning Eye - exhibitor 2022 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition - exhibitor


I am almost entirely self taught with no formal training beyond school. I still consider myself to be a student practicing art and probably I always will. It's not a problem to me because in my own eyes I will never reach a point where I can feel “I am now an artist”. But then I have always approached art as more about the journey than end product, so I am comfortable with that.


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