A new year a new me?

by martin davis artist

Already it’s getting on towards the back end of January and I haven’t committed myself to any radical new departures or revealed any new obsessions for this year.

Well the backbone of the year is already set. I try not to bog myself down with too many commitments at the beginning of the year as it gives me less flexibility as the year progresses and intrudes on valuable studio time but I have a small number of events that I intend to make the staples of my year, most years:

  • Derbyshire Open Arts – May bank holiday weekend 28-31st. I will be at Florence Nightingale Hall, Holloway
  • Solo exhibition-Leabrooks Arts Complex, Leabrooks, Derbyshire Oct 17-28th
  • Buxton Spa Art Prize, plein-air in/around the town over Summer
  • Paint out Norwich, plein-air in/around Norwich Oct/Nov


During the months of Feb, April, May, June, Sept & Oct I will also have some work on display at Studio 61 in Holloway with Karina Goodman. And as the year unfolds I will be looking for others if I can fit them in.

In April my work will be represented at the official launch of the Hornshaw Gallery in London at the Brick Lane Gallery Annexe E1. I am fairly confident of this as two of my pieces feature on the official flyer for the event (below) but I have yet to receive details. I am very excited about this as this will really be my first time exhibiting in London.


As far as my artwork goes all I can say at the moment is no new departures, no grand gestures just a continual evolution of what I do. After some gruelling still life recently I am glad to be onto something a little freer and more expressive. In fact for the rest of this year I have committed myself to becoming a lot looser with my work and hopefully finishing work quicker ….and to better effect. At least that’s the intention.