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About Gary

Gary Martin was born in the West Midlands and, as a child, would spend hours with pencils, pens or brushes in his hands, lost in the creation of his latest drawing or painting. He has always loved art. 

Gary is not sure where his artistic nature comes from – his dad could draw technical engineering blueprints and he remembers his mum was pleased with a cartoon donkey she drew when he was a child. Neither parent claimed to know of any artistic talent in their families.

Education

After studying Art and Design, Gary moved to the wonderful city of Liverpool to become a student at Liverpool John Moore’s University. He gained a combined BA (Hons) in Graphic Design, Visual Studies and Marketing. During this time he sold artwork in a group student exhibition and volunteered at the Bluecoat Gallery.

Work

Gary grew to love Liverpool but struggled to find work and moved to London to become a Graphic Designer. After a few years, he missed the North West and, with a small amount of money saved, moved to Chester looking for work. The idea of being an artist at this point seemed impossible and Gary continued with a career in Design for over a decade. 

Life Changes

Events over the next few years made Gary examine his life and realise how important art was to him. Drawing and painting helped him through some tough life experiences and gave Gary the energy and desire to pursue his artistic dreams. 

Creative Times

After an intensive time developing his latent art skills with renewed enthusiasm he has successfully built a freelance illustration career and worked on numerous art commissions for both landscapes and portraiture. Influenced by Impressionism, he finds painting a mindful experience, experimenting with art techniques and letting his work grow and develop naturally.

Artist at Easel painting double portrait in oils

Artist CV

Exhibitions:

  • Tirley Garth Gardens, May 2022.
    Group art exhibition.
  • Castle Park Arts Centre 36th Annual Open Exhibition 2021. Sold one painting.
  • Grosvenor Art Society Annual Autumn Exhibition 2021. Group exhibition. Sold one painting.
  • VAA International Art Exhibition 2021. Group show.
  • Pictura Studios Gallery, Chester, 2020. Group Show. Sold two paintings.
  • Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, 1995. Student Group Show. Sold one painting. 

Commissions and projects:

2021

  • Burano Sunshine, Oil townscape

2020

  • Windmill Sunset, Acrylic landscape
  • A dog called Xena, Pet caricature in ink
  • NorthWest Coastal Forum poster illustrations

2019

  • Portrait of Tom with Book, Acrylic on canvas.

2018

  • Certas Energy Christmas card illustration
  • Gulf Aviation Christmas animation

Awards

  • 2021 Visual Arts Open, Shortlisted
  • 2020 Visual Arts Open, Highly Commended

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