martin davis artist

Mark making is a primal urge. This is where I explain the ecstasy of painting and why it calms my soul.

Month: December, 2013

Happy new year ….and all that.

Happy new year ….and all that..

Happy new year ….and all that.

Well before I’d had chance to consider my usual suite of potential resolutions for next year (chief among which is always “I must paint and do more art”) my plans have been scuppered before I start.

I have been commandeered to help my youngest son decorate – or at least start to decorate – his new house so he can move in with his young family (granddaughter is just about 1yr old!). Bearing in mind my determination to make some useful NY resolutions this is not – I repeat not-the kind of painting I had in mind. Since I have to travel over 130 miles each way to get there and back I fear January is going to disappear in my rear view mirror before I can blink.

The only consolation in this sorry state of affairs is that I will have ample time while I am decorating the stairs to think which is a luxury I should not turn my nose up at. SO by the end of Jan I should be in the best frame of mind possible to relaunch myself into my artistic endeavours with gusto………so stand by for some epic work!

The other thing on my mind at the moment is my encroaching Solo Exhibition at the DH Lawrence Heritage Centre in Eastwood, Notts, UK in April – May. I am pondering what theme. Must there be a theme? I suppose I can’t avoid it but at this stage of my career I don’t have enough work to fill the exhibition space without using most of my back catalogue……….so whether I deserve it or not this will no doubt end up being a mini retrospective to justify using the various works. Oh well such is life!




Of course what I should have said yesterday but didn’t is a big thankyou to Whitepeaks Fine Art for getting my work down to London, and an equally big thankyou to Sara Twomey Gallery for showing it. Thank you folks – the best bit of exposure I could have wished for. Hats off to you! 

“Smoking Inside” – Sara Twomey Gallery, London

“Smoking Inside” – Sara Twomey Gallery, London.


“Smoking Inside” – Sara Twomey Gallery, London

If you are visiting or live in London you should be able to catch sight of up to 5 of my recent pieces of work at the ongoing “Smoking Inside” Group Exhibition at the Sara Twomey Gallery over the next few weeks. There are some great artists also on the same bill, so i feel honoured to have my work on show alongside theirs – I just hope they feel the same way about this new kid on the block. Some of these people have been painting seriously way, way longer than me.
Still whatever the reception I get this is great exposure for yours truly. Been wanting for a long time to break into the London market but, being a naive so-and-so I don’t know much about it down there. Not even sure if this location is a good location. Let’s hope so though.
Anyway if you want to go and don’t know how to find it it’s at 11 Harbour Exchange, Isle of Dogs, E14 9GE. Hope you have a great time. Don’t forget to give me some feedback – even if it’s all bad (no- especially if it’s all bad. I need to know). And don’t say don’t give up the day job cos I haven’t got one OK?

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“Our gallery in the Isle of Dogs has just been re-hung to accommodate works by Gail Knight, Colin Halliday, Paul Apps,
Andrew Forkner, Martin Davis, Jenny Mather, Gina Marsh and Sara Twomey to name but a few, and it is already causing quite a stir with the locals.

See the works for yourself – they’re stunning!”