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: April, 2016

As promised yesterday this is the latest of my work-in-progress of a Marrakech orange grove started recently. Hoping to develop it further soon! don’t know why but I feel really pleased and comfortable with it so far. A new style for me with a bit of luck.


feels like I’m back there when I’m working on it!

After the Lord Mayor’s show.

A few weeks have now passed since my London exhibition with Hornshaw Gallery and all the hullabaloo of fetching and carrying paintings to and fro has died down. I still have my two pieces that were in the show and although they were well received and looked the part in the Brick Lane Gallery no further interest has been expressed since….so onward and upward. I enjoyed the experience and hope there will be many more!


All this fuss with exhibiting is a distraction though and I find it takes me quite a while afterwards to find my painting rythme again, and so all my fine intentions at the start of the year about loosening up my style and trying to quicken my pace a little have been hampered a bit. I currently have at least 4 new canvases on the go and a couple of further ideas I’m playing around with but I’ve been a bit stymied by my recent double portrait of son & daughter in law and my inability to “get” the likeness as I want it. It can be frustrating particularly when you are fully committed in the latter stages of a piece of work and it is more difficult to change tack. I suppose all artists have to go through this pain barrier-portraiture can be such a nightmare! Picture when I am satisfied.

Of the new pieces one is a still life, one a landscape and one is from a view of an orange grove I was taken with when I was in Morocco recently, and it’s this last one that I have real hopes for. It doesn’t look much at the moment I admit but when I’m working on it, as I was today, it has a real nice feel to it. This is my last pic of it in progress – but this is a very earlier shot, it has progressed a bit since then.


I’m hoping I will be able to finish this one off in a looser style than I have so far managed, and I am quite hopeful. I’ll keep you posted….even if it all goes horribly wrong. And it remains to be seen whether I can quite carry off the challenge of working on 5 or 6 different canvases simultaneously. We shall see. A bientot!

“Looking to the stars”

This week has been a special one for me. I have long cherished the chance to break into the London market. Patience has finally paid off and after many months in the planning I have made my debut at the Brick Lane Annexe E1 in this exhibition which launches the new Hornshaw Gallery.


As requested I delivered these two pieces, “Kiss” & “Visage”, on Monday last and “Looking to the stars” got underway from Wednesday – with an official launch party in the evening.



Last day of the exhibition will be on Sunday 10th, so it’s been short and sweet. If these two remain unsold I will be collecting them the day after the exhibition closes. I suppose I should be disappointed if that happens, and it looks likely, but the launch was so well attended that I’m just glad for that kind of exposure. So thank you Sarah Hornshaw and the staff at Brick Lane Gallery. Either way it will have been worth it.

…..and it does break my London duck!  I hope to be back.

Here’s to next time!




Looking to the stars

Well here it is, finally after a long, long time in the making the new Hornshaw Gallery – of which I am part – is launching with an exhibition “Looking to the stars” at Brick Lane Galleries in London. I’m approaching it with some trepidation. Not only is it my first appearance in a London gallery, it’s also my debut at an official launch event on Wed 6th April. I’m really hoping to meet many people who like my art….or at least can give me some valuable & expert advice.

Here’s the link to the gallery with the flyer that’s been used to promote the event…


….and TWO of my artworks are featured on it! how cool is that?!

These are the two that have been selected for display. I will be sorry to see them go but I hope they sell and find good homes.

Tomorrow I’m off to London to deliver them. Wish me luck!