Approved: 16.08.2006

Garry Martin

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Approved: 16.08.2006

www.garrymartin.net
I use a variety of resin-based materials in an unusual way to produce arresting and alluring sculptures, each possessing diverse levels of interest. I am fascinated by forms that possess collective associations, either through their use or known material qualities. I enjoy the challenge of stimulating desire towards my sculptures and altering initial perceptions. The meticulously

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  • Location: edenbridge, South East
 

Biography

www.garrymartin.net I use a variety of resin-based materials in an unusual way to produce arresting and alluring sculptures, each possessing diverse levels of interest. I am fascinated by forms that possess collective associations, either through their use or known material qualities. I enjoy the challenge of stimulating desire towards my sculptures and altering initial perceptions. The meticulously crafted sculptures create an immediate attraction through their tactile surfaces, toying with the viewers urge for physical contact. Each piece is highly finished and labour intensive and become part of an expressive, bold body of work where surface and common association are primary devices for anchoring meaning. The sculptures are usually overly familiar yet indefinable, as I have recently tended to subvert the chosen recognised objects with the use of traditional deep-buttoning upholstery techniques. While the tactile urge is immediate, I believe this fusion adds the necessary conceptual level needed to continue engaging the viewer as well as adding an amusing edge. I also consider my titles an integral part of the complete work. I mostly create work from my own inspiration for exhibitions although commission work is always considered. www.garrymartin.net

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1996 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Herts, Hertfordshire Group exhibitions 2012 - Form before function, Domus, Clerkenwell, London 2012 - Hyper Real, Backlit Gallery, nottingham 2011 - You Are Not In Control, Netil House (submit2gravity), Hackney, London 2010 - A Visual Dialogue, Bo-Lee Gallery, Bath 2010 - Wood for the Trees, Octagon Chapel, Bath 2009 - Bo-Lee Gallery, Affordable art fair, battersea, london 2009 - Moments of Macabre, Bo-Lee Gallery,, bath 2009 - Turner Contemporary Open, Turner Contemporary gallery, Margate, Kent 2007 - Royal Academy Summer show, Royal Academy, London 2006 - Beauty and the Beast, Stourhead National Trust gardens, Stourhead,Wiltshire 2006 - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, Piccadily, London 2005 - Shortlisted artist for BBC2's 'The Apprentice' art episode, BBC TV 2005 - Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, Piccadily, London 2003 - Selected for show in Selfridges window, Selfridges, Oxford Street, London Curated projects 2012 - VJB arts, 125 old broad st (foyer), city, London Private commissions 2004 - Wall mounted stage backdrop, Strongroom Bar, Shoreditch, London Corporate commissions 2002 - Maker of Crusaid award for Sir Elton John, awarded at the Dorchester Hotel, London Competitions, prizes and awards 2010 - The Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London 2009 - Salon09, Matt Roberts Arts,, Vyner st, London