Approved: 16.08.2006

Martin Heron

Artist, Maker

Approved: 16.08.2006
 
 

Biography

 

I make two and three dimensional drawings and paintings exploring spontaneous mark making, experimental use of prefabricated materials and ready-made forms.  I construct work that has a strong physical presence, each piece journeying from the carefully considered, through combative actions and chance occurrences to reach an indeterminate conclusion.

My public art work is location-led and site specific with a focus on engaging with people as well as historical and geographical contexts.

 

  

 

CV & Education

Member of The London Group and Royal British Society of Sculptors

Exhibitions (in brief)

2016  

Line Gallery Pattern Month, exhibitions (Spot & Stripe and Zig & Zag) Line Gallery, Stroud, UK

'The deaf canvas listens..' The London Group at Kensington College, curated by Gill Ingham

'How Soon is Now' Review of Contemporary Abstraction,                                                 Nottingham Society of Artists Gallery. Curated by Laine Tomkinson.

2015 "The London Group Open" The Cello Factory, Cornwall Rd, London.                                   One of three artists awarded a joint show in 2016.

2015 "WAC 2015" Wells Art Contemporary, Wells, Somerset.

2014 “The Nutcracker” Group show Belmacz, Mayfair, London.

2006 “Intersections” collaboration with Nigel Russell and Jean McEwan for Yorkshire Crafts Space, University of Bradford.

2005 “Michael” collaboration with artist Nigel Russell at Keighley Arts Factory.

2003 “Serendipity” collaboration with artist Nigel Russell at Leeds University.

2000 "Outside The Box", Group show Dean Clough, Halifax, West Yorks.

2000 "Communication" Group show, Keighley Arts Factory.

1995 “Under One Roof” The Art House at Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax.

1994 135th Annual Open Exhibition, Manchester Academy of Fine Art.

1989 “4th International Exhibition of Miniature Art” Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Del Bello Galleries, Toronto, Canada. 

most recent commissions and ongoing projects:

2014:

Kings Reach Public Art Project: commission to devise and produce a trail of artworks based on ‘Buried Treasure’ for a new housing development on the outskirts of Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.

Pill Gates, Newport: commission to develop a proposal for a public space in Pill, Newport, Wales.

Monksmoor Farm, Daventry: commission to devise and make a focal point  sculpture for a new housing development on the outskirts of Daventry.

2013:

Ella Street Public Art Project: residency and commission to engage with the community of Ella Street, Kingston-Upon-Hull.

2012:

Leighton Linslade Childrens’ Trail: residency and commission to make numerous works for Leighton Buzzard town centre inspired by childrens’ literature.

Wester Inch Public Art Project: residency and commission to engage with the new community of Wester Inch, Bathgate, Edinburgh, Scotland.

2011:

Scattered Oak: commissioned by Taylor Wimpey and Bracknell Forest Council for The Parks, a new development on the edge of Bracknell.

2009/2010:

Anlaby Road, Hull: commissioned by Arc - the architecture centre for Hull & the Humber region to work with design teams for the integration of artworks within the built environment.

Wolverton Park: commissioned by Milton Keynes Council & Places for People to devise artworks for the Wolverton Park development.

Spirit of the Quay: Commissioned by DATRYS to desifn ang produce a focal point sculpture for Deeside Shopping Precinct, Connah's Quay, Deeside.

For the Love of Emer: commissioned by Armagh City & District Council to design and produce a sculptural piece for Scotch Street, Armagh. 

Harvest: commissioned to create a major sculpture for Rotherham as part of the Gateways Project.

2008:

Spirit of Hedge & Hound: commissioned by Belfast City Council as part of the Brighter Belfast ‘Gateways’ project for Falls Park, Belfast.

Where Dreams Go: commissioned by Strabane District Council to produce a large bronze work for the newly built Strabane Arts Centre & Library, Strabane, Co.Tyrone, N.Ireland.

Viewpoints: part of the ‘Orange Jelley’ project in collaboration with OrangeDot, Jelson Ltd, Charnwood Borough Council and Arts & Business.

2006 & previous:

Hallam Fields: member of public art team with specific brief to work with developers, architects and planners to design a major iconic landmark feature.     

Handstanding: commissioned by Ipswich Borough Council to produce a centrepiece sculpture & a series of small intervention works for the new Ravenswood housing development.  Project partners Bellway Homes.

If you get lost: commissioned by Lisburn City Council to produce a focal point sculpture celebrating the theme of ‘identity’.

‘Ascent Terrifique’: Commissioned by Hull City Council, Albany St Residents Association & Lincoln University School of Architecture.

Afloat: stainless steel sculpture for Westport Lake Greenway, Stoke-on-Tent. Commissioned by Groundwork Stoke-on-Trent and Stoke City Council.

Chariot: stainless steel sculpture for new Asda development, Thurmaston, Leicester.    

Literary Landscape: Penistone Hill Country Park Haworth West Yorkshire supported by Bradford Council Countryside Services, Yorkshire Arts and Yorkshire Forward.