Kenneth Martin 1905-1984
Kenneth Martin is a key figure in post-war British art. He, his wife Mary Martin and Victor Pasmore were central to the Constructivist movement in Britain, which brought a new approach to the tradition of abstraction pioneered by Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth in the 1930s. He exhibited with the London Group from 1936 and turned to abstraction in 1949. He participated in the three exhibitions organised 1952-3 by Adrian Heath in his studio at 22 Fitzroy Street. By integrating architectural, pictorial and sculptural elements, these shows exemplified 'an art of the environment', the subject of Kenneth Martin's essay in the Second Manifesto, 1952. He expanded on this in an unpublished paper of 1955, 'Architecture, Machine and Mobile', quoted in the Kenneth Martin exhibition catalogue, Yale Center for British Art, 1979.
Kenneth MartinAbstract, 1952signed, dated 52 and numbered 3/3 in pencil to margincoloured linocut, printed in black and grey on Japan paper16 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches (74 x 50 cm)edition of 3
Kenneth MartinCircular Abstract, 1952signed and numbered 5/20 in pencil to margincoloured linocut, printed in black and grey on Japan paper11 1/2 x 11 1/2 inchesEdition of 20
The Print ShowArtist Printmakers 1800-1975 15 Feb - 10 Mar 2016 LondonFrom William Blake's engraving of Chaucer's Canterbury Pilgrims in 1809-10 to Howard Hodgkin's abstract hand-coloured lithographs of the 1970s, the exhibition will spanned 175 years of artist printmakers production and include 128 works by 49 artists, including Sybil Andrews, Frank Auerbach, Robert Austin, Stanley Roy Badmin, Edward Bawden, Robert Bevan,...Read more