Tom Martin

United Kingdom 1986


Tom Martin
Tom Martin
United Kingdom
November 21, 2014

Tom Martin in a British artist, born in 1986 in Wakefield, England. He studied Interdisciplinary Art and Design at the University of Huddersfield and graduated in 2008 with first class honors BA. After he finished his education, he started working and regularly exhibiting his work, in London at Plus One Gallery, and more recently in New York at DeBuck Gallery. Working for over five years, Martin’s work was often featured in various art fairs, such as Art London or SCOPE NY, and he has been published on numerous occasions. In 2009, he had his first solo show in London. In 2012 he met HRH Prince Charles to discuss his work.

Tom Martin is unique in his choice of subject matter and his approach to rendering it in a paint. In practice his work is hyper-realistic, and many of the paintings are panoramic, giving the impression that we are seeing is not only what is immediately in camera range, but also around corners which would be beyond the capabilities of any camera to reach. Martin makes clear that his paintings are devised with the aid of many photographs, welded together and reimagined with considerable technical virtuosity and a constructive mastery of perspective. Consequently, surprisingly, this approach brings Martin closer to the early Pre-Raphaelite practice than most other hyperrealist artists. Though his subject matter, the high-tech machine, could hardly be more remote in feeling from the leaves and flowers that preoccupied the Pre-Raphaelite painters, the ultimate hallucinatory effect of seeing more than the human eye, or now, than any camera lens could ever see at one go, is exactly the same. About his art, Tom Martin said: “My choice of subject is personal to me, and to an extent, me only. The items featured in my paintings are nothing more than fractions of my everyday life. The imagery in my work, is based upon foods I consume on a daily basis. I find myself fascinated by the way products are packaged, the texts that are used, and the way these items react to light in their surroundings. Occasionally, hard-edged pieces of chrome gym equipment find their way into the compositions. These rather banal pieces of steel are far from any idyllic ideas of what is or is not beautiful. However, by making ‘super-sized’ paintings of these objects, I am able to pack in many unseen intricate reflections and abstracted bands of color. The subject becomes fascinating despite its origins, as the viewer is enabled to see closer than we would normally care to do. Although the paintings I make are directly based upon one, or several photographs, I intended to go beyond simply making a copy of a photograph. My aim primarily is to create an impossible existence, a hyperreality itself. Something which, despite its massively enlarged scale, is questionable real. I make use of various devices to bring forward elements of the composition, whilst pushing other areas back deeper into the painting. I want the subject to appear to project further than the plane of the canvas, to have a presence, putting the viewer somewhere in the physical experience of the painting.”

Hyper-Tom’s, as he is known, work, was exhibited worldwide in cities such as Melbourne, Montreal and also in New York at the Louis. K. Meisel gallery. For his work he received an Exhibition Award, Contemporary Realism Biennial in 2014, and Rotherham Artist of the Year Under 25 in 2007.

Tom Martin lives with his partner in the United Kingdom. He recently built and moved into a brand new studio space where he has put together a body of work for his solo exhibition in November 2014, (Filthy) Lucre at DeBuck Gallery, New York.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Filthy LucreDeBuck Gallery, New YorkSolo
2013Real ImpossibilitiesPlus One Gallery, LondonSolo
2009Premier solo showPlus One Gallery, LondonSolo
2014Contemporary Realism BiennialFort Wayne Museum of Art, IndianaGroup
2014PULSE Art FairDeBuck Gallery, New York CityGroup
2014SCOPE Art FairDeBuck Gallery, New York CityGroup
2013LAPADA Art FairBerkeley Square, LondonGroup
2013Hyperrealism TodayMuseu Del Tabac, AndoraGroup
2013The Naked TruthPlus One Gallery, LondonGroup
2013Winter ShowPlus One Gallery, LondonGroup
2012British Realism NowMetro Gallery, Melbourne AustrailiaGroup
2012Lots'a naked ladies, and one guyLouis K Meisel Gallery, New YorkGroup
2012Beyond RealismGalerie De Bellefeuille, MontrealGroup
2012Londons CallingPlus One Gallery, LondonGroup
2012Hyperrealism NowPlus One Gallery, LondonGroup
2011Bon Appétit!Plus One Gallery, LondonGroup
2011Exactitude VI: 10 Years of Hyperrealism TodayPlus One Gallery, LondonGroup
2011Winter ShowPlus One Gallery, LondonGroup
2010Winter ShowPlus One Gallery, LondonGroup
2009Exactitude V- Hyperrealist Art TodayPlus One Gallery, LondonGroup
2008Exactitude IVPlus One Gallery, LondonGroup
2008Summer ShowPlus One Gallery, LondonGroup
2008Artists open studios South Yorkshire 2008Basic Arts, RotherhamGroup
2008UntitledPlus One Gallery, LondonGroup
2007UntitledBarnsley digital media centre, BarnsleyGroup
2007UntitledDerby City Open art exhibitionGroup
2007UntitledHolmfirth Artweek, HolmfirthGroup
2007UntitledOpen Up, SheffieldGroup
2006UntitledDerby City Open art exhibition, DerbyGroup
2006UntitledHolmfirth Artweek, HolmfirthGroup
2006UntitledThe Pump House Gallery, HarrogateGroup
2005UntitledChapel Allerton Art Festival, LeedsGroup
2005''7''The British Red Cross contemporary Art Auction, supported by Sotheby'sGroup
2005UntitledThe North Street Gallery, LeedsGroup