Jason Martin

Jason Martin

United Kingdom 1970

Sculpture, Monochrome Painting

Jason Martin
Jason Martin
United Kingdom
May 18, 2016

It often doesn’t take much for an artist to portray creativity and move the viewers with an art piece. Even a single color can portray a storm, taking the mind from one place to the other within the curves it makes on the canvas. Such is the art of the British artist Jason Martin who is widely known for his monochromatic paintings, as well as his sculptural work, conveying a myriad of emotions with thick paint swaying across different materials. With a lot of diversity within its simplicity, Martin’s practice always invites for a closer inspection, capturing thought in its endless monochrome.

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Jason Martin – Aether, 2011 (Left) / Genus, 2011 (Right)

Depth of Monochrome

Anything but mundane, Jason Martin’s practice of using a single color for his paintings only proves the talent and skill that the artist reaches for in order to elevate simplicity to mastery. Making monochrome paintings on various materials that serve him as canvas, including aluminum, stainless steel and Plexiglas, he uses a custom comb-like tool to form the thick layers of oil paint into far more than just a colorful surface. The paint takes on a hair-like pattern, furrows running through its structure and bumps and curves translating energy to the viewer. Both rigid and fluent, the selection of a specific color adds an “aura-like” element to each piece, working in conjunction with the physical elements to portray a certain spectrum of feelings and thoughts.

Jason Martin forms the thick layers of oil paint into far more than just a colorful surface

Oscillating Practices

Portraying the involvement Martin has with his practice is the fact that he produces his own brushes that he uses to evoke the abstract pieces into a seeming reality. With his monochrome paintings on one side of the spectrum, he produces sculptural work on the other, both opposing and mimicking his painterly work. Where his paintings resemble movement in their form, his sculptures, like the Behemoth made in 2012, exudes a far more stationary feeling, regardless of its dimensionality and physical closeness to the senses; made completely out of cork immersed in black pigment, the piece maintains a singular “aura” that his paintings exude.

There’s an “aura-like” element that each of Martin’s paintings exude

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Jason Martin – Rajah, 2011 (Left) / Shaolin, 2011 (Right)

Singularity of Jason Martin

Proving his immense value as an artist, Jason Martin constantly succeeds in creating distinct pieces by using the same simple materials. With naught but a single color and the movement inscribed in it, his pieces are bound to take you on an emotional journey. By making singularities out of each work, Martin’s practice stands out in the contemporary crowd and forms a color of its own. With a number of both solo and group exhibitions under his belt, Martin is the artist to follow in the current art scene.

Jason Martin lives and works between London, England and Lisbon, Portugal.

Featured image: Jason Martin, photo via incolors.club

All other photos courtesy of L.A. Louver Gallery

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Jason Martin: SWEAR TO GODPelaires Centre Cultural Contemporani, Palma de
Mallorca, Spain
2016Jason Martin: Big Dark OilsCentro Hospitalar Psiquiátrico de Lisboa, Júlio de Matos,
Lisboa, Portugal
2016Jason Martin: TractionMuseum gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Otterndorf, GermanySolo
2015Jason Martin: Counterfeit L.A. Louver, Venice, CASolo
2015Precious - from Picasso to Jeff Koons: Jewellery by ArtistsVitraria Glass + A Museum,
Venice, Italy
201520 Anni e poiMimmo Scognamiglio Arte Contemporanea, Milan, ItalyGroup
2015Colleció Permanent Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i
Contemporani de Palma, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2015The Monochrome SymphonyArtipelag, Gustavsberg, SwedenGroup
2015Black: An Idea of LightCortesi Gallery, Lugano, SwitzerlandGroup
2015CollaborationsMixografia, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2015PEACEMINUSONESeoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South KoreaGroup
2015TouchEspoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoon Kaupunki, FinlandGroup
2015Jason Martin: Collaborations Lisson Gallery and STPI, SingaporeGroup
2015Jason Martin - MacroMuseo d’arte contemporanea Roma, Rome, ItalySolo
2014Gestural UbiquityThaddeus Ropac Paris Marais, Paris, FranceSolo
2014PaperSMAC Gallery, Cape Town, South AfricaGroup
2013Jason MartinPatrick de Brock, Knokke, BelgiumSolo
2013Scared Masters, Scared Monsters – Denizens of the Demonic DemagoguePearl Lam Galleries, Hong KongSolo
2013SerendipitiaLA Louver, Los Angeles, USASolo
2013Glasstress: White Light - White HeatPalazzo Cavalli Franchetti, VeniceGroup
2013Great Men Die TwiceMário Sequeira Gallery, Braga, PortugalGroup
2013Song of myselfUnosunove Arte Contemporanea, Rome, ItalyGroup
2013Moving Norman Foster On ArtCarré d'Art Musée d'art Contemporain de Nîmes, FranceGroup
2013The Nature of AbstractionPeter Blake Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USAGroup
2012ElementalGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, AustriaSolo
2012InfinitiveLisson Gallery, London, UKSolo
2012Jason MartinGalerie Forsblom, Helsinki, FinlandSolo
2012Le Monde comme volonte et comme papier peintLe Consortium, Dijon, FranceGroup
2011Oils and PigmentsGaleria Javier Lopez-Mário Sequeira, Madrid, SpainSolo
2011Near By FarL.A. Louver, Los Angeles, CA, USA Solo
2011Pictures for pleasureWetterling Gallery, Stockholm, SwedenSolo
2011Sixty Years of British ArtBernard Jacobson Gallery, New York, NY, USAGroup
2010Jason Martin New WorksPelaires Centre Cultural Contemporani, Palma, Majorca, SpainSolo
2010Days Like These?Mimmo Scognamiglio Arte Contemporanea, Milan, ItalySolo
2010Five embossed PrintsGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, AustriaSolo
2010The Roaring FortiesThe Fine Art Society, London, UKSolo
20103 x 3L.A. Louver Gallery, Los Angles, CA, USAGroup
2010Arte Contemporanea Per Il Tempio di ZeusTempio della Concordia e Villa Aurea, Agrigento, ItalyGroup
2010TondoThe Fine Art Society, London, UKGroup
2010It must be abstractGalleria Cardi, Milan, Italy Group
2010CreamKIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, FinlandGroup
2010The Schaufler FoundationSindelfingen, GermanyGroup
2010No lipstickBernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UK Group
2010Inaugural exhibitionMACRO, Rome, ItalyGroup
2009Paintings and drawingsEspace Jean Legendre, Compiègne, FranceSolo
2009VigilPeggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, ItalySolo
2009Luxe, Calme et VoluptéWetterling Gallery, Stockholm, SwedenSolo
2009In-Finitum Museo FortunyFondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Venice, ItalyGroup
2009Paisajes Cruzados, Miradas a la colleccion de Es BaluardEs Baluard Museu d'Art ModernGroup
2009Paisajes Cruzados, Miradas a la colleccion de Es BaluardContemporani de Palma, Palma, Majorca, SpainGroup
2009Artifici Contemporanei e Difformità BaroccheARCOS - Museo D’Arte Contemporanea Sannio, Benevento, ItalyGroup
2008NomadCentro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Málaga, SpainSolo
2008OceaniaL.A. Louver, Los Angeles, CA, USASolo
2008NomadEs Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Palma, Majorca, SpainSolo
2008RockCentro Brasileiro Britânico, São Paulo, BrazilSolo
2008Black and WhiteGalleri Kaare Berntsen, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2008Las Vegas Collects ContemporaryLas Vegas Art Museum, USA Group
2008AURUM L'or dans l'art contemporainKunsthaus Centre d’Art, Centre PasquArt, Biel, SwitzerlandGroup
2007For Gods SakeKunstverein Kreis Gutersloh, Gutersloh, Germany Solo
2007For Gods SakeMönchehaus Museum, Goslar, GermanySolo
2007For Gods SakeThaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, AustriaSolo
2007AtlasMimmo Scognamiglio Arte Contemporanea, Naples, ItalySolo
2007Painting in the NoughtiesLetterkenny Arts Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland Group
2007Beyond SensationJersey Museum, Channel Islands, UKGroup
2007ArtfuturesBloomberg SPACE, London, UKGroup
2007WhiteoutThe Fine Art Society, London, UKGroup
2006NudesGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FranceSolo
2006ArcadiaGaleria Mário Sequeira, Braga, PortugalSolo
2006The Art of WhiteThe Lowry, Salford, UKGroup
2006MonochromedThe Fine Art Society, London, UKGroup
2006Inaugural opening of new wingDenver Art Museum, Denver, CO, USA Group
2006Until it makes senseSeventeen, London, UKGroup
2006Until it makes senseGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FranceGroup
2006Seven Rooms Seven ArtistsL.A. Louver Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USAGroup
2005Jason MartinCentro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Málaga, SpainSolo
200514th Rome QuadriennaleGalleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, ItalyGroup
2005Visioni’ 20 artisti a Sant’AgostinoChiesa di Sant’Agostino, Bergamo, ItalyGroup
2005Extreme AbstractionAlbright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USAGroup
2005Skyshout – Painting after PaintingAuditorio de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, SpainGroup
2004Jason MartinLisson Gallery, London, UKSolo
2004Jason MartinL.A. Louver, Los Angeles, CA, USASolo
2004L’Ultima Cena (The Last Supper)Castel dell’Ovo, Naples, ItalyGroup
2004MonochromeMuseo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, SpainGroup
2004Painting as ProcessEarl Lu Gallery, La Salle College of the Arts, SingaporeGroup
2003Jason Martin: New PaintingsGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FranceSolo
2003Jason MartinPatrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke-Heist, BelgiumSolo
2003The Galleries ShowThe Royal Academy, London, UK Group
2002Pink 001Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FranceSolo
2002Colour WhiteDe La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill On Sea, UKGroup
2001Post-HypnoticSECCA, Winston-Salem, NC, USA Group
2001Post-HypnoticThe Tweed Museum, University of Minnesota Duluth, MN, USA Group
2001Post-HypnoticPhilharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL, USAGroup
2001Postmark: An Abstract EffectSite Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, USAGroup
2001AbstraktMax Gandoff Library, Salzburg, AustriaGroup
2001A Line in PaintingGallery Fine, LondonGroup
2001Together: Artists in support for the homelessThe Passage House, London, UKGroup
2001John Moores 21Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool, UKGroup
2001Painting LanguageL.A. Louver, Los Angeles, CA, USAGroup
2001Group ShowWetterling Gallery, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2001A Shot in the HeadLisson Gallery, London, UK Group
2001British Abstract Painting 2001Flowers, London, UKGroup
2000Jason MartinClaudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporaneo, Milan, ItalySolo
2000Jason MartinL.A. Louver, Los Angeles, CA, USASolo
2000Post-HypnoticThe Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USAGroup
2000Post-HypnoticThe Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, USAGroup
2000BlueThe New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UKGroup
2000La peinture des MartinMusée d’ Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, FranceGroup
2000The Gulf prize European Biennial of the Visual ArtsLa Spezia, ItalyGroup
2000Century of Innocence - the Story of the White MonochromeRooseum - Centre for Contemporary Art, Malmö, SwedenGroup
1999Jason MartinLisson Gallery, London, UKSolo
1999Pictures for Pleasure (Twelve Artists Twelve Rooms)Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, AustriaGroup
1999AngesichtsStädtische Galerie Nordhorn, Nordhorn, GermanyGroup
1999Post-HypnoticIllinois State University, University Galleries, Normal, IL, USAGroup
1999Post-HypnoticThe McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC), Dallas, TX, USAGroup
1999Post-HypnoticThe Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH, USAGroup
1998Jason MartinStädtische Galerie Nordhorn, Nordhorn, GermanySolo
1998Jason MartinRobert Miller Gallery, New York, NY, USASolo
1998Short StoriesOne In the Other, London, UKGroup
1998Natwest Art Prize 1998Lothbury Gallery, London, UKGroup
1998TensionRobert Miller Gallery, New York, NY, USA Group
1998The Erotic SublimeGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, AustriaGroup
1998Small worksGreen on Red Gallery, Dublin, IrelandGroup
1997Jason MartinLisson Gallery, London, UKSolo
1997Jason MartinKohji Ogura Gallery, Nagoya, JapanSolo
1997In TimeGalerie Le Sous-Sol, Paris, FranceGroup
1997FinishSpacex Gallery, Exeter, UKGroup
1997Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi CollectionRoyal Academy, London, UKGroup
1997Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi CollectionHamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, GermanyGroup
1997Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi CollectionBrooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY, USAGroup
1996Jason MartinLisson Gallery, London, UKSolo
1996Jerwood Painting PrizeLethaby Galleries, Central Saint Martins, London, UKGroup
1996About Vision. New British Painting in the 1990sMuseum of Modern Art, Oxford, UKGroup
1996About Vision. New British Painting in the 1990sThe Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UKGroup
1996About Vision. New British Painting in the 1990sChristchurch Mansion, Ipswich, UKGroup
1996About Vision. New British Painting in the 1990sLaing Art Gallery, Newcastle, UKGroup
1995From HereWaddington Galleries and Karsten Schubert Gallery, London, UKGroup
1995Real Art. A New Modernism. British Reflexive Painters in the 1990sSouthampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, UK Group
1995Real Art. A New Modernism. British Reflexive Painters in the 1990sStedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Group
1995Real Art. A New Modernism. British Reflexive Painters in the 1990sLeeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, UKGroup
1995PostscriptLisson Gallery, London, UKGroup
1995Five Contemporary British PaintersGalerij S65, Aalst, Belgium Group
1994The Curator's EggAnthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UKGroup
1994Recent PaintingLisson Gallery, London, UKGroup
1994Surface TensionsCurwen Gallery, London, UKGroup
1993Wonderful LifeLisson Gallery, London, UKGroup