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.



Sohen Ryu Tea Ceremony Foundation, Kamakura, Japan

Solo exhibitions


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

Jason Martin New Pigments, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France



Jason Martin, Lisson Gallery London, UK

Works 1997- 2017, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Germany

New Oils, Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea, Milan, Italy



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

Jason Martin, Lisson Gallery, London, UK

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, Italy

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, CA, 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, Austria

Infinitive, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
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, UK

Five Embossed Rellefs, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

New Works, Sala Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Days Like These, Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea, Milano, Italy



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

Jason Martin, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

Paintings and drawings, Espace Jean Legendre, Compiègne, France

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



For God's Sake, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

Nomad, CAC Malaga, Malaga, Spain

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

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

Rock, Centro Brasileiro Britanico, Sao Paulo, Brazil



Jason Martin, Espace Jean Legendre, Compiègne, France

Vigil, The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

Jason Martin, Renwick Gallery, New York City, NY, USA



Jason Martin, CAC Malaga, Malaga, Spain

Atlas, Mimmo Scohnamiglio Arte Contemporanea, Naples, Italy



Nudes, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

Arcadia, Galeria Mário Sequeira, Braga, Portugal



Jason Martin, CAC Málaga, Malaga, Spain



Jason Martin, Lisson Gallery, London, UK

Jason Martin, L.A. Louver, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Pink 001, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France



New Paintings, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris, France

Jason Martin, Patrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium



Pink 001, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris, France



Jason Martin, Galleria Claudia Gian Ferrari, Milan, Italy

Jason Martin, L.A. Louver, Los Angeles, CA, USA



Jason Martin, Lisson Gallery, London, UK



Jason Martin, Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, Nordhorn, Germany

Jason Martin, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY, USA



Jason Martin, Lisson Gallery, London, UK

Jason Martin, Kohji Ogura Gallery, Nagoya, Japan



Jason Martin, Lisson Gallery, London, UK

Group exhibitions


La necesidad de lo infinito, Obras monocromas en la Collección olorVISUAL, CICUS, Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

De Calder à Koons, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France



2017 Summer Group Show, Mixografia Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Dark Deep Darkness and Splendor, Galerist Istanbul, Turkey

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

Holiday Show, Mixografia Los Angeles, CA, USA

Materialised Condition, Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore

The Centre Cannot Hold, Near East, Istanbul, Turkey

Modulaciones, Pintura: 1898 – 2016, Sinaloa Art Museum, Sinaloa, Mexico



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 

Continuum, Vigo Gallery, London, UK



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

Collaborations, Lisson gallery & STPI gallery, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore



Eurasia. A view on painting, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

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, Venice, Italy
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

Together We Connect, Anima Gallery, Qatar

The Materiality Of Paint, The Fine Art Society, London, UK

CARA DOMANI Opere dalla collezione Ernesto Esposito, MAMbo, Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Set, Pelaires Centre Cultural Contemporani, Palma, Mallorca, Spain

Ululation, Vigo Gallery, London, UK

London Twelve / Contemporary British Art, City Gallery Prague, Czech Republic

Jason Martin, Galerie Hervé van der Straeten, Paris, France



Group show 2011, Sala Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

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



New Art Now, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK

Cream, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

Nice and Easy, Galeria Mário Sequeira, Braga, Portugal

Tondo, FAS Contemporary, London, UK

It must be abstract, Galleria Cardi, Milan, Italy

3 x 3, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA, USA

Cheat Codes: lessons in love, Antena, Chicago, IL, USA

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

The Schaufler Foundation, Sindelfingen, Germany
Inaugural exhibition, MACRO, Rome, Italy



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

Artifici Contemporanei e Difformità Barocche, ARCOS, Museo D’Arte Contemporanea Sannio, Benevento, Italy

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

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

de Mallorca, Spain

Antes de ayer y pasado mañana; o lo que puede ser pintura hoy, MACUF, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Union Fenosa, A Coruña, Spain



Black and White, Gallery Kaare Berntsen, Oslo, Norway

Las Vegas Collects Contemporary, LVAM, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV, USA

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



Alan Charlton, Günther Förg, Jason Martin, Niele Toroni, Patrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke-Heist, Belgium

Art Futures, Bloomberg Space, London, UK

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

Monochromed 2, The Fine Art Society, London, UK

Atlas, Mimmo Scognamiglio Arte Contemporanea, Naples, Italy

Beyond Sensation, Jersey Museum, Channel Islands

Whiteout, Fine Art Society, London, UK



The Art of White, The Lowry, Salford Quays, London, UK

Monochromed, The Fine Art Society, London, UK

Inaugural opening new wing, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, USA

Until it makes sense, Seventeen, London, UK; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

Seven Rooms Seven Artists, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA, USA



14th Rome Quadriennale, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy

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

Extreme Abstraction, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA

Skyshout – Painting after Painting, Santiago de Compostela, Spain



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

Monochrome, Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

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



The Galleries Show, The Royal Academy, London, UK



Colour White, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, England, UK



Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

A Shot in the Head, Lisson Gallery, London, UK

MOMA, Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City, Mexico

British Abstract Painting 2001, Flowers East, London, UK



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

Century of Innocence - the Story of the White Monochrome, Rooseum, Centre for Contemporary Art in Malmo, Sweden



Pictures for Pleasure (Twelve Artists Twelve Rooms), Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

Angesichts, Städttische Galerie Nordhorn, Nordhon, Germany

Post-Hypnotic, University Galleries, New York, USA; MAC, Dallas, TX; USA;

The Atlanta College Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA; The Chicago Cultural Centre, Chicago, IL, USA; Tweed Museum, Dukuth, MN, USA; University of Minnesota, MN, USA; Naples Museum of Art, Neaples, Italy; Massachusettes College of Art, Boston, MA, USA

Postmark: An Abstract Effect, Site Santa Fe, NM, USA

Abstrakt, Max Gandoff Library, Salzburg, Austria

A Line in Painting, Gallery Fine, London, UK

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

John Moores 21, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool, UK

Painting Language, LA Louver, Los Angeles, CA, USA



Short Stories, One In the Other Gallery, 1 Tenterground, London, UK

Natwest Art Prize 1998, Lothbury Gallery, London, UK

Tension, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY, USA

The Erotic Sublime, Thaddeus Ropac Gallery, Salzburg, Austria

Small Works, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland



In Time, Galerie Le Sous-Sol, Paris, France

Finish, Spacex Gallery, Exeter, UK

Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection, Royal Academy, London, UK; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany; Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA



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

About Vision. New British Painting in the 1990s, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK; Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK; Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, UK; Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, UK



From Here, Waddington Galleries and Karsten Schubert Gallery, London, UK

Real Art. A New Modernism. British Reflexive Painters in the 1990s’, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southanoton, UK; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK

Postscript, Lisson Gallery, London, UK

Five Contemporary British Painters, Galerij S65, Belgium

Four Paintings, PAP Gallery, Tokyo, Japan



The Curator's Egg, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK

Recent Painting, Lisson Gallery, London, UK

Surface Tensions, Curwen Gallery, London, UK



Wonderful Life, Lisson Gallery, London, UK



Contemporary Artists, Feigen Incorporated, Chicago, IL, USA

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

Le Fonds national d'art contemporain (FNAC), Paris



Kunsthalle Weishaupt, Ulm

Stadtische Gallerie, Nordhorn

The Schaufler Foundation, Sindelfingen

Würth Collection, Künzelsan

Sprengel Museum, Hannover



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.