Martin Stone

Born in 1963, in Cardiff, Wales. Lives in West Cork ROI

Artist’s Statement

My aim is simple: to create great art. In pursuit of this goal I strive to capture aspects of the life, landscape and people of West Cork and the West of Ireland.

My work has been exhibited widely, including solo & group exhibitions, residencies and commissions, internationally. My solo exhibitions include venues in the UK, Ireland, Europe, USA and Australia.

My work is characterized by sensitive handling of figurative subject matter with a fusion of expressionist and impressionist colour, standpoint and painterly qualities; primarily I am an intuitive, figurative painter.

I use rapid brush and knife work to capture the essence of the subject and it is very important to me that the work looks beautiful. I have a boundless love of nature and a fascination for light. Living amid rugged and wild scenery, I strive to recreate the experience of the life, people and landscape of the west of Ireland.

I value the importance of passion, intuition and spontaneity, which I temper with discipline. My work reflects the passions in my life, the landscape, portraiture and the painting of people, “the human situation.” Many of my paintings can be read as caught in a kind of monumental intimacy with daily activities and interaction with others, people working, making music or just going about their daily lives.

Great paintings of the past fascinate me. I’m intrigued by the techniques that artists employed and the subjects they chose. I think it is so important to learn from great art. I am influenced by a diverse range of artists such as Turner, the Impressionists, American expressionist painters, realist painters and the Euston Road School of the 1940’s and 1950’s. “In a world of racket and clamour my work strives to show the quiet, still moments that speak to us all.”

Education

Chelsea College of Arts, Masters Fine Arts Degree 1993
University of Glamorgan, Post Graduate Masters Diploma
Birmingham College of Art BA Hons 1985, 1988
Cardiff College of Art, Fine Arts Foundation Diploma 1984

Exhibitions

2013  The Moreton Gallery Gloucestershire

2013 The Purcell Gallery Kenmare

2012 The Doorway Gallery Dublin

2011 ,12, 13  Affordable Art Fair London

2012 The Source Art Fair RDS Dublin

2012 The West Cork Craft Gallery Skibbereen

2011 The Doorway Gallery Dublin

2010 Daffodil Art Gallery , Skerries , Co.Dublin
2010 Solart Gallery Dublin / Co. Fermanagh
2010 Gallery Below West Cork
2009 EMC Gallery Cyprus (East Mediterranean Culture)
2009 Joan Clancy Gallery Waterford Dungarvan
2009 The K Gallery Cork
2008 The Greenlane Gallery Dingle Co Kerry
2008 The Vault Gallery Adare Co Limerick
2008 The Private Collectors Gallery Innishannon
2008 The Lavit Gallery Cork(Group show)
2008 The Kooywood Gallery Cardiff

2008 The Kinsale Gallery
2008 West Cork Arts Centre Skibbereen (Group show)
2008 Enchanted Gallery, Skibbereen,
2008 The Bad Art Gallery Dublin (Group show)
2007 The gate gallery Skibbereen / Kenmare (solo show)
2007 The Private Collectors Gallery Innishannon
2007 The Hunt gallery Limerick (Group show)
2006 Leinster Gallery (group show)
2006 The gate gallery Skibbereen / Kenmare (solo show)
2006 Solomon Gallery Dublin
2005 Solomon Gallery Dublin
2005 Cork European Capital of Culture, Cork, Ireland

Private Collections

England, Ireland, America, Canada, Australia

Katherine Lynch (Television Personality / Comedian)
OPW, Office of Public Works Dublin
OPW, Office of Public Works Cork
University Of Limerick Art Collection
University of Limerick Medical Art Collection
National Museum Wales
The British Council
Dupont Inc. Toronto
Pfizer
Wella Trust
O’Leary Insurances LTD
Liam O’Donovan & Co, Solicitors

PUBLICATIONS:

Union Hall art book project by Paul Finucane 2013.  There were twenty-five artists to the project.  They include: Robert Ballagh, Vivienne Bogan, Elizabeth Cope, Daniel Duffy, Martin Gale,  John Keating,  Arthur Maderson, Una Sealy, Donald Teskey, and Martin Stone.

Cork Now Magazine 2007
The Irish Arts Review 2006
The Southern Star 2005