Jason Martin is an artist who further expands the possibilities of painting with his innovative approach.
In his work – situated between Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism – the artist employs manifold methods of applying paint to address the essential question of illusion and the rhetoric of paint application. Painting is also a performative act for Jason Martin, leaving room for chance to create works that are lush, attractive and full of vigour.
Jason Martin attracted international attention with his large, brushed oil paintings, executed in thin layers of paint with self-made comb-like tools. The light reflecting on the surface of the works models the brushwork and creates a temporal and spatial momentum.
Many of Martin’s works oscillate along the thin line between painting and sculpture, which the artist has repeatedly fathomed and differentiated in various groups of fine works in recent years. The pigment works and a recent series of oil paintings with heavy impasto applied on aluminium structures (up to 6 in/15 cm in depth) have powerful sculptural expression. After a seven-year hiatus, in 2020 the artist revisited some of the essentials in his practice and returned to the paintbrush. For the first time, he used a versatile colour palette in different hues and tones to create paintings of immense depth and space, which couple with an unmediated sensory stimulation.
Jason Martin’s works constitute a consciously controlled aesthetic and a conceptual statement. The nature of his non-representational work constantly stimulates the viewer’s imagination.
Born on the Channel Island of Jersey in 1970, Jason Martin has a BA from Goldsmiths, University of London. He was a participant in the legendary 1997 exhibition Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection at the Royal Academy in London and the Museum Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. The Buchmann Galerie presented Jason Martin for the first time in 2018, this being the artist’s first solo exhibition in a gallery in Germany. He lives and works in London and South Portugal.
Jason Martin’s work is held in international private and public collections, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, Sprengel Museum in Hanover, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary in Vienna and the Schaufler Foundation Schauwerk Sindelfingen.
Born 1970 in Jersey, Channel Islands, UK. Lives and works in London and Melides, Portugal.
1990–93 BA (Hons), Goldsmiths, London, UK
1989–90 Foundation Diploma, Chelsea School of Art, London, UK
2000 ‘Premio del Golfo’, Biennale Europea di Arti Visive, La Spezia, Italy
1999 Prizewinner, John Moores 21, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Malaga, Malaga, Spain
Collection Group e Lhoist, Brussels, Belgium
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, USA
Deutsche Bank Collection, UK
Es Baluard Museum, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France
Government Art Collection, UK
Jersey Museum, Jersey, Channel Islands, UK
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, USA
Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain
Museum of Contemporary Art, Salzburg, Austria
Kunsthalle Weishaupt, Ulm, Germany
Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias, Oviedo, Spain
Museum of Modern Art, La Spezia, Italy
NatWest Art Collection, UK
Saastamoinen Foundation, EMMA Museum, Espoo, Finland
Sara Hilden Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, Germany
The Schaufler Foundation, Sindelfingen, Germany
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
Wurth Collection, Kunzelsau, Germany