The Brick Lane Gallery13-26 October 2015
This Autumn The Brick Lane Gallery is showing a retrospective of over forty works by Raymond Martinez.
Born in 1937 in Barry South Wales to Welsh-Spanish parentage, Raymond Martinez worked on the Barry Showground from the age of 11. Due to his remarkable artistic talent he was awarded a scholarship to the Cardiff College of Art in 1959. He was accepted by the Slade School of Fine Art in 1961 where he was awarded first prizes for both landscape and figure painting. Highlights of his early career include the Abbey Major scholarship held at The British School of Rome in Italy and The Gulbenkian Foundation Award. Martinez was represented by the Lefevre gallery for twenty years and collected by a whole host of famous names including the artist L.S. Lowry and actors such as David Niven and Robert Morley.
RAYMOND MARTINEZ: Aspects of Nature
In the 70s Martinez left the London art scene for Italy, starting out in Rome and then buying a 12th century monastery in Tuscany which he renovated along
with a group of fellow sculptors and artists. He exhibited every few months in London, Florence and the US during the early part of this period and then ceased all exhibitions from 1980 to 2007 in order to concentrate exclusively on developing his painting outside of commercial constraint. Classical music and the natural elements are the principle inspirations for his work. Martinez returned to the UK in 2007 and his latest series of paintings is based on the beaches of Wales where
he grew up. This exhibition presents a retrospective of both his Italian period and his recent work.
"I am now using the Welsh coast which has always inspired me from a boy. I have a love of and interest in the sea because of its timeless quality.
In these new works I have tried to evoke the restless power of the sea. Instead of producing topographical images, I am aiming to convey the dynamic
quality of the sea." Raymond Martinez
A contemporary of David Hockney, and a pupil of Sir William Coldstream, Keith Vaughn, Ceri Richards and Frank Aubach, Martinez is considered one
of the great talents of his generation. His works are held in The Government collection, Castle Museum Nottingham, Contemporary Art Society of Wales
Hertford College Oxford and the University College London collection.
Raymond Martinez: Aspects of Nature
Exhibition dates: 13th-26th October
Press contact: Jessica Wood, Artsinform
Tel: 01273 488 996 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Press preview: 14th October 4pm-6pm
Preview: 14th October 6pm-8pm