Martyn Jones is a contemporary painter who works from his studio based in Cardiff, Wales, U.K. Jones graduated M.A. Fine Art, at Chelsea School of Art, London and was awarded Junior Fellowship at Bath Academy of Art. Among his tutors were the British artists Patrick Heron and Adrian Heath.
2020/21 Solo and group shows include Trinity House Paintings U.K and San Francisco, L.A. Art Show, San Francisco Art Fair, Palm Beach Show.
2018/19 Solo-show Heath Gallery, Palm Springs, CA., Fresh Contemporary Art Fair, Manchester Art Fair and London Hampstead Art Fair. Recent exhibitions have included Ffin-y-Parc Gallery, Wales, Van Der Plas Gallery, New York and Art Fair Cologne. Work has been exhibited widely in U.K., Europe and U.S.A. including the National Gallery of Wales and at the Wales International Centre, Chrysler Building, New York.
I try to create a sensory experience through my work, the visual is obvious, but sound, touch, smell (at least for me in the smell of oil paint inthe process of painting) and even taste are important in the kind of synaesthesia that Kandinsky, Cy Twombly, Heron and Miro visually communicate so that a work might suggest more than what is seen. I celebrate vibrations or sound through the use of colour in painting. Works are sometimes made to music, for example, shapes and colours might have a personal connection to certain instrumental music such as bebop, ambient or dub. However, I sometimes work in silence, listening to the noise of the natural world and this again informs the shapes and colours that I use. I also think listening to soundtracks can help enhance the viewers’ perception or enjoyment of a painting, enabling them to understand it in a new way, on a deeper level. In this way my work can be seen to celebrate the soundtrack of the natural and cultural worlds. And with or without an audio soundtrack I hope the work makes intimate connections with the world and the viewer through the sensitivity I bring to the canvas.
My works are abstract, but the inspiration and basis for them are found in reality and the world around me; my experiences of the world are the prime material for abstraction. Often titles refer to places I have visited and they start as the inspiration. I then attempt to recreate the atmosphere I felt in that place. Through that abstraction of a place and the resulting atmosphere created in the painting I want to welcome people into my world through my personal alphabet of shapes and colour. My responses are really a stream of consciousness drawing on this alphabet that I hope evokes the way in which I see the world, which is always as a place of beauty, far better than we are generally led to believe. I see myself working in the vein of Claude andPoussin, conveying a sense of the grandiose and the sublime that is timeless and eternal. This is where the sense of touch comes in. It is not physical but mental and emotional.
A further sense comes in the use of saturated colour that you can almost taste. I paint expanses of colour but within these are small jewel-like accents of bright glimmering ultramarine, umber, violet or viridian creating deep sumptuous monochromatic textures on the canvas. Turquoise is often used and suggests water or the calm sea. It is a tranquil colour, transcendent, quiet and deep. I never use black although often there are large areas of textured areas that appear to be black. However, close observation will reveal these areas as full of colour as raven wing feathers. I take inspiration in thislooking at Velasquez and Caravaggio to achieve a deep sense of drama in simple abstract forms.
One key motif in my work is the apparent chalk line. I see these as precious and fragile, it is time-consuming to achieve. They seem to be simple, a gesture made by a child in chalk, and I feel that I capture the spontaneity of a child’s drawing with them, however, these lines cannot be created with a single or continuous brushstroke, they are painstakingly made with a tiny brush. The overall effect has a sense of immediacy, but the creative process is very different to this.
I think ultimately, I am searching for something unobtainable, a calm tranquillity, an impossible form of transcendence, a perfect existence and that is what brings me back to the canvas, the paint and my brushes again and again.
2019 Trinity Modern, U.K.
2018 Heath Gallery, Palm Springs, California, U.S.A.
2017 Ffin-y-Parc Gallery, Wales, U.K.
2015 Ffin-y-Parc Gallery,Wales, U.K.
2015 Artefact Pardo Gallery, Florida, U.S.A.
2014 Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff, Wales.
2013 Ffin-y-Parc Gallery,Wales, U.K.
2012 Artefact Pardo Gallery, West Palm Beach, U.S.A.
2012 Oriel Ynys Mon, Anglesey, North Wales.
2012 Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff, Wales.
2011 Off the Wall Gallery, Cardiff, Wales.
2010 Robert Steele Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
2010 Off the Wall Contemporary Art, Cardiff, Wales.
2009 Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff.
2008 Robert Steele Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
2008 Cynon Valley Museum, Wales.
2008 Rhondda Heritage Museum, Wales.
2007 Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff.
2006 The Project Room, Robert Steele Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
2005 Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff.
2005 Oriel Mon, Angelsey, North Wales.
Selected Group Shows
2021 Palm Beach Show, Trinity House, U.S.A.
2021 Trinity Modern, U.K.
2020 Palm Beach Art Show, Trinity House, U.S.A.
2020 L.A. Art Show, Trinity House, U.S.A.
2019 San Francisco Art Fair, Trinity House, U.S.A.
2019 Trinity House, San Francisco, U.S.A
2019 L.A. Art Show, Trinity House Paintings, U.S.A.
2019 Chicago Art Fair, Trinity House, U.S.A.
2018 San Francisco Art Fair, Trinity House, U.S.A.
2018 Manchester Art Fair, Ffin-y-Parc Gallery.
2018 Group Exhibition, Trinity Modern, U.K.
2018 Fresh Contemporary Art Fair U.K.
2018 London Hampstead Art Fair U.K.
2017 Heath Gallery, Palm Springs, California, U.S.A. 2017 Van Der Plas Gallery, New York, U.S.A. 2016 ARAGÓN 232, Barcelona, Spain. 2016 Art Fair Cologne, Germany.
2015 British and International Artists, Bebb Fine Art, U.K.
2015 Exposicion Colectiva, Art Nou Mil Lenni, Barcelona.
2014 Espacio 120, Contemporary Art Fair, Barcelona, Spain.
2014 Nina Torres Fine Art, Miami, U.S.A.
2014 Artefact Pardo Gallery, Florida, U.S.A.
2013 Brick Lane Gallery, Shoreditch, London.
2013 Number Nine Gallery, Birmingham, U.K.
2013 Group Show, Gorstella Gallery, Chester, U.K.
2012 Ffin-y- Parc Gallery, Conwy, North Wales.
2011 ‘Jones/Melero’ Espacio, 1440 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, U.S.A.
2011 Ffin-y-Parc Gallery, Conwy, North Wales.
2011 ‘ArtAt’ Arts Festival, Pembrokeshire, Wales.
2011 ‘Etcetera Oxmarket Arts Centre, U.K.
2010 Group Show, Blackheath Gallery, London.
2010 Group show, Cowbridge Gallery, Wales.
2009 Summer in Suite 402, Robert Steele Gallery, New York.
2009 Group Show, Robert Steele Gallery, New York.
2009 National Eisteddfod, Bala, Wales.
2009 International Artexpo, Jacob Javits Center, New York.
2008 Ffres Ysbryd/Spirit Wales Newport Museum and Gallery, Gwent
2008 International Artists Summer Show, Robert Steele Gallery, New York.
2008 56 Group Wales, Tenby Museum, Oriel Myrddin, Wales.
2007 Chelsea Summer Dreaming, Robert Steele Gallery, New York.
2007 Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff.
2007 West Wales Arts Centre, Fishguard, Wales.
2007 Attic Gallery, Swansea, Wales.
2006 On the Horizon, Robert Steele Gallery, New York.
2006 56 Group Wales, Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff.
2005 Robert Steele Gallery, New York.
2004 Venezuelan Consulate Gallery, New York.
2004 International Artexpo, Jacob Javits Center, New York.
2002 A Propos, Nine Contemporary Artists, National Gallery of Wales.
2001 Painting Ysbryd/Spirit Wales, Mall Galleries, London.
2000 First Prizewinner, Arts Purchase Prize, University of Glamorgan, Wales.
2021 Palm Beach Art Show, Trinity House, U.S.A.
2021 Trinity Modern, U.K.
Pure Freight Inc., Los Angeles, CA.
Cyfarftha Castle Museum, Wales.
Jalisco Government, Guardalajara, Mexico.
Chandler KBS, U.K. / Europe.
Off the Fence Productions, Amsterdam.
Ashby Media, New York.
Harlem Homes, New York.
Feederle-Schlaffer, Zurich, Switzerland.
Allied Irish Bank, Wales, U.K.
Cynon Valley Museum, Wales.
University of Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
University of Glamorgan, Wales.
Contemporary Art Society, London.
Wales International Center, New York.
Mosaic Information Solutions Ltd., Aberdeen, Scotland.