Jason Martin

Jason Martin

London painter born in 1970, Jason Martin was revealed on the international art scene in the nineties.

His work subscribes to the western tradition of gestural painting, Martin produces monochrome paintings on an aluminium background upon which the brushstroke becomes the subject of the piece. Colour is the starting point, the background remains saturated - sometimes visible, sometimes invisible - through grooves made by the brushstroke. The light hides itself in the crevices, sculpted by the line of the brush.

Jason Martin makes his own paintbrushes, this is noteworthy today when paint is sold in specially formulated tubes and brushes are industrially produced. Here we see the painter’s gestures, sometimes sweeping, sometimes abrupt; the movement becomes painting and its subject matter.  The material runs dripping, trickling off the edge of the metallic surface; the rest of a work in progress. Martin has had to choose the boundaries of each work that is the artist's process of creation. Since then, Martin’s singular style of working the luxurious surfaces of his monochrome paintings with a purpose-built comb has become well known internationally.

Awards

Scholarships:


1988    Sohen Ryu Tea Ceremony Foundation, Kamakura, Japan


Solo exhibitions

2017


Jason Martin, Lisson Gallery London, UK


works 1997- 2017, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Germany


2017 New Oils, Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea, Milan, Italy


 


2016


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


Traction - Museum gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Otterndorf, Germany


Big Dark Oils - Pavilion 31, Centro Hospitalar Psiquiatrico de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal


Swear to God - Pelaires Centre Cultural Contemporani, Palma de Mallorca, Spain


 


2014


Gestural Ubiquity - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2013


Glasstres - White Light / White Heat, Venice Biennale, Venice


Jason Martin - Patrick de Brock, Knokke, Belgium
Scared Masters - Scared Monsters – Denizens of the Demonic Demagogue - Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
Serendipitia - LA Louver, Los Angeles, USA


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


Patois, Sala Gaspar - Barcelona, Spain


Painting as Sculpture - Lisson Gallery, Milan, Italy


 


2012


Elemental - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg


Infinitive - Lisson Gallery, London, UK (exh cat)
Jason Martin - Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland 


 


2011


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


Near By Far, L.A. Louver, Los Angeles, CA, USA


Pictures for pleasure, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden


 


2010


Jason Martin - FAS Contemporary, London (England)


Five Embossed Rellefs - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Salzburg, Salzburg


New Works - Sala Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca


 


2009


Jason Martin - Renwick Gallery, New York City, NY


Jason Martin - Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice


 


2008                 


For God's Sake - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg


Nomad - CAC Malaga, Spain (exh cat)


Oceania - L.A. Louver, Los Angeles


Nomad - Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Palma de Mallorca (exh cat) ‘Rock’ Centro Brasileiro Britanico, Sao Paulo, Brazil (exh cat)2009                 


Jason Martin - Espace Jean Legendre, Compiègne, France


Vigil - The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venezia, Italy (exh cat)


Jason Martin - Renwick Gallery, New York City, NY


 


2007                 


Jason Martin, CAC Malaga, Spain


 


2006                 


Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris


 


2005                 


Jason Martin - CAC Málaga, Spain


 


2004           


Jason Martin -Lisson Gallery, London


Jason Martin - L.A. Louver, Los Angeles


 


2003                  


New Paintings - Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris, France


Jason Martin - Patrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium


 


2002


Pink 001 - Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2000                 


Galleria Claudia Gian Ferrari, Milan


L.A. Louver, Los Angeles


 


1999


Lisson Gallery, London


 


1998                 


Stadtische Galerie Nordhorn (Exh Cat)


Robert Miller Gallery, New York


 


1997                 


Lisson Gallery, London


Kohji Ogura Gallery, Nagoya


 


1996                 


Lisson Gallery, London


Group exhibitions

2017


2017 Summer Group Show, Mixografia Los Angeles


Dark Deep Darkness and Splendor, Galerist Istanbul


Mais Où Sont Les Neiges d`Antan?,  Patrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke – Zoute


Holiday Show, Mixografia Los Angeles


 


2016


Paper in Profile' - Mixografia and Taller de Grafica Mexicana, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA, USA


Billboard Projects - Pelaires Centre Cultural Contemporani, Palma de Mallorca, Spain 


 


2015


Touch - EMMA Espoo Musuem of Modern Art, Espoon Kaupunki, Finland


Precious - from Picasso to Jeff Koons Jewellery by Artists, Vitraria Glass + A Musuem, Venice, Italy


PEACEMINUSONE, Lisson Gallery & STPI gallery, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore


Jason Martin Collaborations, Mixografia, Los Angeles, CA, USA


Black. An Idea of Light - Cortesi Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland


The Monochrome Symphony, Artipelag, Gustavsberg, Sweden


Col'leccio Permanent, Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Palma de Mallorca, Spain


20 Anni e poi', Mimmo Scognamiglio Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy


 


2014


Eurasia. A view on painting - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris Pantin


Paper - SMAC Art Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa


La quarta edizione di Bocconi art gallery - Bocconi Art Gallery-BAG, Milan, Italy


Metaphysical - Mimmo Scognamiglio Arte Contemporanea, Milan Italy


 


2013


Nostalgic for the Future - Centro Brasileiro Britânico, São Paulo, Brazil


Great Men Die Twice - Casa Da Cultura Da Comporta, Comporta, Portugal


The Nature Of Abstraction - Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA, USA


Nostalgic for the Future - Lisson Gallery, London, UK


Glasstress: White Light / White Heat - 55thInternational Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Collateral Event, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Venice
Great Men Die Twice - Mário Sequeira Gallery, Braga, Portugal
Song of myself - Unosunove Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy
Moving Norman Foster On Art - Carré dʼArt Musée dʼart Contemporain de
Nîmes, France


 


2012


‘Le Monde comme volonte et comme papier peint’, Le Consortium, Dijon, France


 


2011


Group show 2011 - Sala Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca


‘Sixty Years of British Art’, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


2010


‘New Art Now’, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham (England)


‘Cream’, Kiasma - Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki


‘Nice and Easy’, Galeria Mário Sequeira, Braga


‘Tondo’, FAS Contemporary, London (England)


‘It must be abstract’, Galleria Cardi, Milan


‘3 x 3’, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA


‘Cheat Codes: lessons in love’, Antena, Chicago


Arte Contemporanea Per Il Tempio di Zeus, Tempio della Concordia e Villa Aurea, Agrigento, Italy


 


2009


‘In-Finitum’ Fortuny Museum, Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Venice, Italy


(exh cat)


Group Show, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA


‘PAISAJES CRUZADOS Miradas a la colección de Es Baluard’, Es Baluard, Palma


de Mallorca


‘Antes de ayer y pasado mañana; o lo que puede ser pintura hoy’, MACUF


Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Union Fenosa, A Coruña


 


2008


‘Black and White’, Gallery Kaare Berntsen, Oslo, Norway


‘Las Vegas Collects Contemporary’, Las Vegas Art Museum, USA


‘Aurum’ L'or dans l'art contemporain, Centre Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland


 


2007-2008


‘Alan Charlton, Günther Förg, Jason Martin, Niele Toroni’, Patrick de Brock


Gallery, Belgium


 


2007


‘Art Futures’, Bloomberg Space, London


‘Painting in the Noughties’, Letterkenny Arts Centre, Lettrkenny, Ireland


‘Monochromed 2’, The Fine Art Society, London


‘Atlas’, Mimmo Scognamiglio Arte Contemporanea, Naples, Italy


‘Beyond Sensation’, Jersey Museum, Channel Islands (exh cat)


‘Whiteout’, Fine Art Society, London


 


2006


‘The Art of White’, The Lowry, Salford Quays, London


‘Monochromed’, The Fine Art Society, London


Inaugural opening new wing Denver Art Museum, Colorado, USA


‘Until it makes sense’, Seventeen, London / Ropac, Paris (exh cat)


‘Seven Rooms Seven Artists’, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, California, USA


 


2005


14th Rome Quadriennale, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome


‘Visioni’ 20 artisti a Sant’Agostino’, Galleria Fumagalli, Bergamo, Italy


‘Extreme Abstraction’, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA


‘Skyshout – Painting after Painting’, Santiago de Compostela, Spain


 


2004


‘L’Ultima Cena’ (The Last Supper), Castel Dell’Ovo, Naples, Italy


‘Monochrome’, Reina Sofia, Madrid (curated by Barbara Rose)


‘Painting as Process’, Earl Lu Gallery, La Salle College of Arts, Singapore


 


2003


‘The Galleries Show’, The Royal Academy, London


 


2002


‘Colour White’, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, England, (exh. cat)


 


2001


Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden


‘A Shot in the Head’, Lisson Gallery, London


MOMA, Mexico City, Mexico


‘British Abstract Painting 2001’, Flowers East, London


 


2000


‘Blue’, New Gallery of Walsall, Walsall, UK


‘La painture des Martin’, Musée d’ Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France


‘The Gulf prize European Biennial of the Visual Arts’, La Spezia, Italy (prize) (exh.


cat.)


‘Century of Innocence - the Story of the White Monochrome’


Rooseum - Centre for Contemporary Art in Malmo, Sweden, touring


 


1999


‘Pictures for Pleasure (Twelve Artists Twelve Rooms)’, Thaddeus Ropac Gallery,


Salzburg, Austria


‘Angesichts’, Städttische Galerie Nordhorn, Nordhon, Germany


‘Post-Hypnotic’, University Galleries, New York (touring to the MAC, Dallas;


The Atlanta College Art Gallery, The Chicago Cultural Centre and the Tweed


Museum, University of Minnesota, Naples Museum of Art and Massachusettes


College of Art) (exh cat)


‘Postmark: An Abstract Effect’, Site Santa Fe, USA (exh. cat.)


‘Abstrakt’, Max Gandoff Library, Salzburg, Austria (exh. cat.)


‘A Line in Painting’, Gallery Fine, London (exh. cat)


‘Together: Artists in support for the homeless’, The Passage House, London


‘John Moores 21’, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, (prize)


‘Painting Language’, LA Louver, California


 


1998


‘Short Stories’, One In the Other Gallery, 1 Tenterground, London


‘Natwest Art Prize 1998’, Lothbury Gallery, London


‘Tension’, Robert Miller Gallery, New York


‘The Erotic Sublime’, Thaddeus Ropac Gallery, Salzburg, Austria


‘Small works’, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland


 


1997


‘In Time’, Galerie Le Sous-Sol, Paris


‘Finish’, Spacex Gallery, Exeter


‘Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection’, Royal Academy,


London (touring in the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin and Brooklyn Museum of Art,


New York).


 


1996                 


Jerwood Painting Prize, Lethaby Galleries, Central St. Martin’s College of Art & Design, London


‘About Vision. New British Painting in the 1990s’, Museum of Modern Art,


Oxford; touring to Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Christchurch Mansion,


Ipswich; Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle


 


1995


‘From Here’, Waddington Galleries and Karsten Schubert Gallery, London (Exh  Cat)


‘Real Art. A New Modernism. British Reflexive Painters in the 1990s’,Southampton City Art Gallery (touring to Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Leeds City Art Gallery, UK) (Exh Cat)


‘Postscript’, Lisson Gallery, London


‘Five Contemporary British Painters’, Galerij S65, Belgium


‘Four Paintings’, PAP Gallery, Tokyo


 


1994                 


‘The Curator's Egg’, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London


‘Recent Painting’, Lisson Gallery, London


‘Surface Tensions’, Curwen Gallery, London


 


1993                 


‘Wonderful Life’, Lisson Gallery, London


 


1992                 


‘Contemporary Artists’, Feigen Incorporated, Chicago, USA


Bibliography

2014


Eurasia. A View on Painting (exhibition catalogue). Paris: Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 2014


 


2012


"Jason Martin, Infinitive", text by Sue Hubbard, Lisson Gallery, London


 


2006    
"Monochromed", The Fine Art Society, London
"Jason Martin, Nude", Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
"Jason Martin, Arcadia", Galerie Mário Sequeira’, Portugal 


 


2004         


“Where do we go from here”, Sue Hubbard, The Independent 26/04/04


 


2002


“Bright Young Things”, ES Magazine, 05/09/02.


 “Jason Martin”, Nick Hackworth, Contemporary (special issue on painting), issue 58, December 2003, 82-85.0


 


2001


“Frame & fortune’, Wallpaper, London, July 2002.


 


2000


“Vogue; The Gold Issue”, December, pp. 136                 


Chin -Tao WU, “Special Report: Sensation ends in reason”, Art China”, Nr. 16, Jan 2000


Nicoletta Cobolli Gigli, “Jason Martin, con i monocronmi scopro un iedita illusione”, Arte (Italy), p.96-101, Feb.2000


DD’A, “Moving Imagery”, Tate, The Art Magazine, p. 10, Spring 2000


F.M., “Jason Martin”, Beaux Arts, p.91, Oct 2000


Edgar Schmitz, “A Shot in the Head”, Kunstforum, Germany, pp.417-418,   Oct.-Dec.00


Sarah Wise, “Mighty white”, The Guardian, 11-05-2002, p. 5


Sue Hubbard, “Whiter than white”, Art Review, July/August 2002, Vol. LIII, p. 93-94


Martin Gayford, “Spotlight on the middleman”, The Daily Telegraph”, 13 Sep. 2002


Jared Schiller, “Playing it safe in the art world”, Morning Star 2 Oct 2002


 


1999


Keith Patrick, “Ten Years After”, Contemporary Visual Arts, issue 21.


David Green, “Abstract Paintings”, Contemporary Visual Arts, issue 21


Rex Weil, “Jason Martin”, ARTnews, February, p.113                 


Anna Moszynska, “Jackson Pollock revisited”, Contemporary Visual Arts,issue 22, pp. 46-53


Colin Gleadell, “The shape of Things to Come”, Art Monthly, no.226, p.45


Martin Coomer, Time Out, 13 Oct 99                 


L.B., “Our Choice of London contemporary galleries”, The Art Newspaper,No.96, p.68, October 1999


Grady Turner, “Sensation – “Sick Stuff”!”, Flash Art, p. 57, Nov. – Dec. 99


Barbara Pollack, “Sensation” (Brooklyn), p.191, ART News, Nov 99


 


1998                 


Jane Burton, “Jason Martin”, Artnews, London, May 1998, Vol.97, No.5, p.158


Genevieve Francon, “Is This Art? You`re the Judge?”, The Independent, London, 24 May, p.35-38


Roberta Smith, “Jason Martin”, The New York Times, September 25, 1998


Eleanor Heartney, “Jason Martin at Robert Miller”, Art in America, December                


Allan Woods, ‘Jason Martin, interview’, Transcript, vol 3 issue 2


 


1997                 


Andrew Wilson, “The Vision Thing”, Art Monthly, London, January


Andrew Lambirth, “Fashion Parade”, Spectator London, 4 January


Celia Lyttleton, “Back to the canvas”, Tatler, London, February


Iain Robertson, “Absolut vision, New British painting in the 1990’s”, The Art Newspaper, London, No. 67, February, p.19


Richard Shone, “Exhibition Reviews: Oxford, About Vision”, The Burlington Magazine, London, March, pp.208-209


Dawn Fulcher, “Previews - Finish. Ian Davenport, Alexis Harding, Jane Harris, Jason Martin”, Contemporary Visual Art, London, Issue 14                   


Sortiris Kyriacou, “Jason Martin”, Galleries, London, July, p.13


Jon Parr, “Insider Dealing: Lisson up”, London Museums and Art Galleries, London, August, p.19


Kate Bernard, “Galleries: Choice”, Hot Tickets (The Evening Standard), London, 10 July


John Slyce, “Jason Martin, The Lisson Gallery”, What’s On, London, 6 August, p.19


Sacha Craddock, The Times, London, 26 August


Martin Coomer, “Jason Martin”, Time Out, London, 27 August                 


“Reviews”, Attitude, London, August


John Russell Taylor, “Great British Hopes”, The Times, London, September 10


Dan Glaister, “Art that hasn’t been painted into a corner”, The Guardian, London, 29 September, p.18


Peter Wollen, “Thatcher’s Artists”, London Review of Books, 30 October, p.7


Tony Godfrey, “Exhibition Reviews: London, Recent exhibitions of contemporary art”, The Burlington Magazine, London, October, p.714


Eugene Tan, “Jason Martin”, Contemporary Visual Arts, London, Issue 16, p.72


Michael Glover, “Jason Martin”, Artnews, New York, November, p 241


Jed Perl, “A Tempest in a Teapot”, Modern Painters, London, Winter 1997, Articles and Reviews cont’d Vol.10, No.4, pp.53-55


Mark Gisbourne, “ The Contemporaries’ Contemporaries”, Contemporary Visual Arts, London, Issue 17, p.31


Roy Exley, “Raids on the Beautiful”, Contemporary Visual Arts, London, Issue 17, p.50-55


 


1996


Charles Hall, Art Review, March, London, pp.32-34


Chris Gray, The Oxford Times, 8 November


Richard Ingleby, The Independent, London, 9 November


Tim Hilton, “The best painting in Britain?”, Independent on Sunday, London, 17 November


John McEwen, “It’s young, it’s British, it’s Cool”, Sunday Telegraph, London, 17 November


William Feaver, “Crooked Style”, The Observer, London, 17 November


Philip Hensher, “Left reeling from the schlock of the new”, Mail on Sunday,


Adrian Searle, “The best of British painting?”, The Guardian, London, 19 November


Andrew Graham-Dixon, “On the surface”, The Independent, London, 19 November


William Packer, “A talent for the derivative”, Financial Times, London,


Richard Cork, “Paint your Bandwagon”, The Times, London, 31 December


Philip Hensher, “Bad Art”, Modern Painters, London, Winter


 


1995       


Martin Gayford, “The medium that refused to die”,  The Daily Telegraph, London, 12 April


Michael Archer, “Licensed to Paint”, Art Monthly, No.186, London, May, pp.8-10                    


Brian Muller, “Real Art - A New Modernism. British Reflexive Painters in the Nineties”, Art Press, No.202, Paris, May, pp.51-55


David Barrett, “From Here”, Everything, No.16, London, p.8


Articles and Reviews cont’d


Martin Maloney, “London. Current British Art”, The Burlington Magazine, London, June, pp.405-407


Martin Maloney, “London’s Wannabe Art Scene”, Flash Art International, No.184, Milan, October, pp.60-61


 


1994       


Geraldine Norman, "Monochromes Stage a Gallery Comeback", The Independent, London, 1 August


Sarah Kent, "Art Preview", Time Out, London, 17 August                  


William Feaver, "Art Far from Calling the Kettle Black", The Observer, London, 31 July, p.13


Sacha Craddock, The Times, London, 24 August 1994                        


Adrian Searle, "Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, Off to Work They Go",The Independent, London, 30 August


Brian Muller, "On Painting II", Art Monthly, No. 179, London, Sept., pp. 18-20


 


1993                 


Michael McNay. "Shooting Stars", The Guardian, London, 2 August


Richard Dorment. "Hypnotised by a handful of stars", The Daily Telegraph, London, 11 August


 


1993


Victoria Combalía. "Telas con gato", Babelia, Madrid,11 September


Laura Cottingham. "Wonderful Life, Lisson Gallery", Frieze,  Issue 12, London, September-October


Andrew Wilson. "Wonderful Life, Lisson Gallery, London", Forum International, Belgium, Vol.IV, No.19, Oct/Nov, p.136


"It's a Wonderful Life at the Lisson", Flash Art News, Vol.XXVI, no.172, p.60


Ruiko Harada, "From London", Bijutsu Techo Monthly Art Magazine, Japan, Vol.45, no.678, pp.148-149


Public and private collections

Austria


Museum of Contemporary Art, Salzburg


Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg


Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna


 


Belgium


Collection Group e Lhoist, Brussels


 


Finland


Saastamoinen Foundation, EMMA Museum, Espoo


Sara Hilden Museum, Tampere


 


France


French National Art Collection, Strasbourg


 


Germany


Kunsthalle Weishaupt, Ulm


Stadtische Gallerie, Nordhorn


The Schaufler Foundation, Sindelfingen


Würth Collection, Künzelsan


 


Italy


Camusac Museum of Contemporary Art, Cassino


Museum of Modern Art, La Spezia


 


Spain


Contemporary Art Centre CAC Malaga, Malaga


Es Baluard Museum, Palma, Mallorca


Institute Valencia Art Modern IVAM, Valencia


Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias, Oviedo


 


UK


Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham


Deutsche Bank Collection


Government Art Collection


Jersey Museum, Jersey, Channel Islands


 


USA


Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY


Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO


Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.