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.



1988    Sohen Ryu Tea Ceremony Foundation, Kamakura, Japan

Solo exhibitions


Jason Martin, Lisson Gallery, New York, NY, USA



Jason Martin, Lisson Gallery London, UK

works 1997- 2017, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Germany

2017 New Oils, Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea, Milan, Italy



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



Gestural Ubiquity - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France



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



Elemental - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg

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



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



Jason Martin - FAS Contemporary, London (England)

Five Embossed Rellefs - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Salzburg, Salzburg

New Works - Sala Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca



Jason Martin - Renwick Gallery, New York City, NY

Jason Martin - Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice



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



Jason Martin, CAC Malaga, Spain



Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris



Jason Martin - CAC Málaga, Spain



Jason Martin -Lisson Gallery, London

Jason Martin - L.A. Louver, Los Angeles



New Paintings - Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris, France

Jason Martin - Patrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium



Pink 001 - Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris, France



Galleria Claudia Gian Ferrari, Milan

L.A. Louver, Los Angeles



Lisson Gallery, London



Stadtische Galerie Nordhorn (Exh Cat)

Robert Miller Gallery, New York



Lisson Gallery, London

Kohji Ogura Gallery, Nagoya



Lisson Gallery, London

Group exhibitions


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



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 



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



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



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



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



Group show 2011 - Sala Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca

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



‘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



‘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



‘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



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

Gallery, Belgium



‘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



‘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



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



‘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



‘The Galleries Show’, The Royal Academy, London



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



Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

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

MOMA, Mexico City, Mexico

‘British Abstract Painting 2001’, Flowers East, London



‘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.


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

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



‘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



‘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



‘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).



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



‘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



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

‘Recent Painting’, Lisson Gallery, London

‘Surface Tensions’, Curwen Gallery, London



‘Wonderful Life’, Lisson Gallery, London



‘Contemporary Artists’, Feigen Incorporated, Chicago, USA



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



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


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



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



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

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



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



“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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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

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



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


Museum of Contemporary Art, Salzburg

Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna



Collection Group e Lhoist, Brussels



Saastamoinen Foundation, EMMA Museum, Espoo

Sara Hilden Museum, Tampere



French National Art Collection, Strasbourg



Kunsthalle Weishaupt, Ulm

Stadtische Gallerie, Nordhorn

The Schaufler Foundation, Sindelfingen

Würth Collection, Künzelsan



Camusac Museum of Contemporary Art, Cassino

Museum of Modern Art, La Spezia



Contemporary Art Centre CAC Malaga, Malaga

Es Baluard Museum, Palma, Mallorca

Institute Valencia Art Modern IVAM, Valencia

Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias, Oviedo



Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham

Deutsche Bank Collection

Government Art Collection

Jersey Museum, Jersey, Channel Islands



Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.