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Jason Martin makes sensual, almost three-dimensional paintings—compositions of thickly impastoed modeling paste painted a single, rich color. Martin bows to Abstract Expressionism with his obvious focus on process and the intensely expressive gesture that runs throughout his work. Although his paintings—ranging in size from 20 inches to six feet—appear to be non-objective investigations of the line separating painting from sculpture, Martin’s titles, such as Torah, Nocture, Genus, Aether, Crux, and Storm, suggest references to cultural experience, scientific knowledge, and the natural world.

Jason Martin (b. 1970, Jersey, UK) lives and works in London and Comporta. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Lisson Gallery, London (2019), STPI, Singapore (2019), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris (2018), Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke (2018), Buchmann Galerie, Berlin (2018) and Lisson Gallery, New York (2018).

What Martin leaves is a trace of his artistic and human presence, just as those early painters did deep in the Lascaux caves.

Sue Hubbard

Biography

Education

  • 1989 - 1990

    Chelsea School of Art, London, UK

  • 1990 - 1993

    Goldsmiths College, London, UK

Awards

  • 2000

    Premio del Golfo, Biennale Europea di Arti Visive, La Spezia, Italy

  • 1999

    Prizewinner, John Moores 21, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Meta Physical, STPI, Singapore

    Lisson Gallery, London, UK

  • 2018

    Lisson Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    New Pigments, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

    Graphite, Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

    Vertigo, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin, Germany

  • 2017

    Works 1997-2017, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany

    New Oils, Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporeanea, Milan, Italy

  • 2016

    Lisson Gallery, London, UK

    Counterfeit, L.A. Louver, Los Angeles, CA, USA

    Traction, Museum gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Otterndorf, Germany

    Big Dark Oils, Pavilhão 31, Centro Hospitalar Psiquiátrico de Lisboa, Júlio de Matos, Lisbon, Portugal

    Swear To God, Pelaires Centre Cultural Contemporani, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

  • 2014

    Gestural Ubiquity, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

  • 2013

    Furies Fury Forsaken, Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

    Sacred Masters, Sacred Monsters, Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong, China

    Serendipitia, LA Louver, Los Angeles, CA, USA

    Patois, Sala Gaspar, Barcelona, Spain

    Painting as Sculpture, Lisson Gallery, Milan, Italy

  • 2012

    Elemental, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

    Infinitive, Lisson Gallery, London, UK

    Folie à deux, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland

  • 2011

    Oils and Pigments, Galeria Javier Lopez-Mário Sequeira, Madrid, Spain

    Near by Far, LA Louver, Los Angeles, CA, USA

    Pictures for Pleasure, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 2010

    New Works, Pelaires Centre Cultural Contemporani, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

    Days Like These, Mimmo Scognamiglio Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy

    Five Embossed Reliefs, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

    The Roaring Forties, The Fine Art Society, London, UK

  • 2009

    Paintings and Drawings, Espace Jean Legendre, Compiègne, France

    Vigil, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

    Luxe, Calme et Volupté, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 2008

    Nomad, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Málaga, Spain

    Oceania, LA Louver, Los Angeles, CA, USA

    Nomad, Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Palma, Mallorca, Spain

    Rock, Centro Brasileiro Britânico, São Paulo, Brazil

  • 2007

    For God’s Sake, Kunstverein Kreis Gütersloh, Gütersloh, Germany

    Mönchehaus Museum, Goslar, Germany;

    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

    Atlas, Mimmo Scognamiglio Arte Contemporanea, Naples, Italy

  • 2006

    Nudes, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

    Arcadia, Galeria Mário Sequeira, Braga, Portugal

  • 2005

    Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Málaga, Spain

  • 2004

    Lisson Gallery, London, UK

    LA Louver, Los Angeles, CA, USA

    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

  • 2003

    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

    Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

  • 2002

    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

  • 2000

    Claudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporaneo, Milan, Italy

    LA Louver, Los Angeles, CA, USA

  • 1999

    Lisson Gallery, London, UK

  • 1998

    Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, Nordhorn, Germany

    Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY, USA

  • 1997

    Lisson Gallery, London, UK

    Kohji Ogura Gallery, Nagoya, Japan

  • 1996

    Lisson Gallery, London, UK

Public Collections

  • Austria

    Museum of Contemporary Art, Salzburg

    Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuberg

    Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna

  • Italy

    Museum of Modern Art, La Spezia

  • Belgium

    Collection Group Lhoist, Brussels

  • Finland

    Saastamoinen Foundation, EMMA Museum, Espoo

    Sara Hilden Art Museum, Tampere

  • France

    Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris

  • Germany

    Kunsthalle Weishaupt, Ulm

    Sprengel Museum, Hannover

    Städtische Galerie Nordhorn

    The Schaufler Foundation, Sindelfingen

    Wurth Collection, Kunzelsau

  • Spain

    Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Malaga, Malaga

    Es Baluard Museum, Palma de Mallorca

    Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia

    Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias, Oviedo

  • UK

    Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham

    Deutsche Bank Collection

    Government Art Collection

    Jersey Museum, Jersey, Channel Islands

    NatWest Art Collection

  • US

    Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY

    Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

    Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC

Selected images