Approved: 23.01.2007

Martyn Cross

Artist, Writer

Approved: 23.01.2007

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

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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

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

      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

       

       

       

      CV & Education

      Qualifications and training

      1998 - BA Fine Art, Bath Spa University, Bath

      Solo exhibitions

      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 - 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