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: February, 2022

Salon Contemporary Arts, Derby

Well I hope this lives up to its billing. This the SCA juried group exhibition at The Museum of Making, Derby 13-15th June and it’s the first time I’ve ever been asked to be a part of an exhibition with the word Salon in its title. Pretentious? moi!? No real reason to write this blogpost except for vanity, but there we are. We are all susceptible to it, no matter how much we might try to rise above such things lol.

Anyway like it or not I am pleased as punch to have been selected to show some of my work (mostly still lifes this time) at this prestigious local venue, thank you Simon Henry et al! The only fly in the ointment is the weather which has been atrocious and the Old Silk Mill aka Museum of Making is currently well and truly flooded ………… fingers crossed for June! If you’re reading this you are cordially invited as my guest.

Hope to see you there.

Silver linings

One of the upsides of these turbulent times over the last few years (Covid virus etc), unless it’s my imagination, is the surfeit of culture/art programmes on the telly. Many of them yes are repeats but it’s good to get the chance to see some of them again and to catch the ones missed last time. Yes I know you can do it on catch up and there are many ways of accessing you favourite programmes these days but let’s face it most of us are too lazy.

There are some exceptions but wouldn’t it be nice though if it wasn’t all about Impressionism and impressionists but something a bit more updated. There is only so much Monet and Van Gogh I can take, great artists though they were. I suppose it’s all about the viewing figures – and Abstract expressionism and Post Modernism are never going to cut that particular mustard, more’s the pity! That requirement will always dumb down the broadcasting to appeal to the “chocolate box” loving masses.

I do enjoy the portrait or landscape artist of the year stuff though, if only to watch the contortions and suffering of the artists. Is it me or is the standard of art produced on these things declining year on year?

As a habitually slow painter (I mean my last commissioned portrait took me 12 weeks rather than 4 hours – I’ve been known to stare at the blank canvas as long!) I tried to produce something decent in a couple of hours and this is what I got;

  • not bad eh? Think I’ll enter.