Approved: 23.01.2007

Martyn Cross

Artist, Writer

Approved: 23.01.2007

The work of Martyn Cross provides us with snapshots and artefacts from a fictional archaeology of outsiderdom. Using paint and collage, Cross modifies found images of homely comforts into visions from the end days of the human project. In his offerings we find dirty sleeping bags, a pile of pastry bones, a spent campfire. A cast of fugitive misfits perform uncertain rites, lose limbs or grow too much hair. And when they go into hiding the effect is all the more uncanny...  ~ Brendan Lancaster, artist, 2014

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  • Location: Bristol, South West
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Critical writing, Creative writing, Curating, Collecting
  • Categories: Drawing, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting
  • Tags: Painting, Outsider, Uncanny, Vandalism, Method
 
 

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    Biography

    The work of Martyn Cross provides us with snapshots and artefacts from a fictional archaeology of outsiderdom. Using paint and collage, Cross modifies found images of homely comforts into visions from the end days of the human project. In his offerings we find dirty sleeping bags, a pile of pastry bones, a spent campfire. A cast of fugitive misfits perform uncertain rites, lose limbs or grow too much hair. And when they go into hiding the effect is all the more uncanny...  ~ Brendan Lancaster, artist, 2014

    Cross creates noire outtakes, half coffee, half catastrophe.  ~ Patrick Brandon, poet and artist, 2015

     

     

     

     

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training

    1998 - BA Fine Art, Bath Spa University, Bath

    Solo exhibitions

    2016 - I like it and so I do it, Ocean Studios, Plymouth

    2015 - Under the Volcano, Artworks Project Space, London

    2013 - Edgelands, Angelika Studios, High Wycombe

    2012 - Crumbling Into Dust, Edwardian Toilets, Bristol

    2010 - Pride and Perseverance, The Last Gallery, Llangadog, Wales

    2004 - This Is Local, Space C, Croydon Clocktower, Croydon

    Group exhibitions

    2016 - Oriel Davies Open 2016: Painting (selected by Clare Woods, Nick Thornton, Dr Rebecca Daniels and Alex Boyd), Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Powys

    2016 - Saga (Tamaran), El Castillo, Santa Brigida, Gran Canaria

    2015 - Noisome Thoughts, Kings Arms, Bath

    2015 - Test Space Open (selected by Gordon Dalton, Kypros Kyprianou and Juliet Lennox), Spike Island, Bristol

    2015 - Limbo Associate Members Show (selected by Adam Chodzko), Limbo, Margate

    2014 - Sweat Lodge, Spike Island Test Space, Bristol

    2014 - Barbican Artworks Open (selected by Paul Johnson and David Kefford), Artworks Project Space, London

    2014 - Laurie Lee Centenary Exhibition, Stroud Museum, Stroud

    2013 - Zeitgeist Open, Zeitgeist Arts Projects, London 

    2013 - Creekside Open (selected by Ceri Hand), A.P.T. Gallery, London

    2013 - Like a Monkey With a Miniature Cymbal, Aid & Abet, Cambridge

    2013 - Take Me To The Other Side, Pallas Projects, Dublin

    2013 - Temporary Residence, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge

    2012 - Angelika Open (selected by Danny Rolph, Rod Barton and Paul Kindersley), Angelika Studios, High Wycombe

    2012 - Local Show, The Last Gallery, Llangadog, Wales

    2011 - Art As A Full Time Hobby, Aid & Abet, Cambridge

    2011 - Creekside Open (selected by Dexter Dalwood), A.P.T. Gallery, London

    2011 - Intervention Intervention, Fishmarket Gallery, Northampton

    2011 - National Open Competition, Motorcade/Flashparade, Bristol

    2011 - Painting Open, Motorcade/Flashparade, Bristol

    2011 - Paris Correspondence School, Trove, Birmingham

    2010 - Post, Trove, The Old Science Museum, Birmingham

    2010 - The Open, Motorcade/Flashparade, Bristol

    2009 - Drawing With Dolphins, Crimes Town, London

    2009 - Exeter Contemporary Open (selected by Matt Burrows and Narie Anne McQuay), Exeter Phoenix, Exeter

    2009 - Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London and UK tour

    2009 - Sale, The Royal Standard, Liverpool

    2008 - Future 50, PSL, Leeds

    2008 - The Golden Record, Touring show, Edinburgh, Lincoln, Cardiff

    2008 - These Living Walls of Jet, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool

    2007 - Disposable Fetish, Nunnery Gallery, Bow, London

    2007 - Republic, L'EST, 65 Ridley Road, London

    2007 - Salon 07, Seven-Seven Contemporary Art, London

    2006 - Landscapades, Under Milk Wood Gallery, Herne Hill, London

    2003 - Lens Based Open, Surface Gallery, Nottingham

    2002 - Jerwood Drawing Prize, UK touring exhibition

    Residencies

    2016 - I like it and so I do it, Ocean Studios, Plymouth

    Curated projects

    2011 - Art As A Full Time Hobby, Aid & Abet, Cambridge

    2010 - Art for Everyone, The Arts Council, Great Peter Street, London

    2010 - Paris Correspondence School, Minnie Weisz/Trove, London/Birmingham Projects

    2012 - The Message, Stapleton Road Tavern, Bristol

    Competitions, prizes and awards 

    2014 - Prizewinner at the Barbican Artworks Open, London

    2013 - Shortlisted for the Creekside Open, A.P.T. Gallery, London

    2012 - Winner of the Angelika Open, Angelika Studios, High Wycombe

    2011 - Shortlisted for the Creekside Open, APT Gallery, London

    2011 - Shortlisted for the National Open Competition, Motorcade/Flashparade, Bristol

    2011 - Shortlisted for the Painting Open, Motorcade/Flashparade, Bristol

    2009 - Shortlisted for the Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter

    2009 - Shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space , London and UK tour

    2002 - Shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space , London and UK tour

    Publications

    2012 - Modern Painters magazine - 100 Artists to Watch 

    2007 - CENTREFOLD

    2007 - Clod Magazine Book of Food

    Other

    2013 - Sluice Art Fair, London

    2012 - Manchester Contemporary, Spinningfields, Manchester

    2012 - White Pipe College Art Fair, The Scandinavian Restaurant, Luton

    2011 - Sluice Art Fair, Mayfair, London 

    2010 - Yuletide Checkout, Spike Island, Bristol

    2008 - Publish and be Damned, Rochelle School, London

    2007 - Hit The Books, Hessenhuis, Antwerp, Belgium

    2007 - Publish and be Damned, Rochelle School, London

    2007 - Zoo Art Fair, Royal Academy, London