Lisson Gallery

Jason Martin

Jason Martin effects oscillations between sculpture and painting, with the vigour of action painting but a controlled hand. He is perhaps best known for his monochromatic paintings, where layers of oil or acrylic gel are dragged across hard surfaces such as aluminium, stainless steel or Plexiglas with a fine, comb-like piece of metal or board in one movement, often repeated many times. Striations catch the light, their rhythmic textures suggestive of the ridges in a vinyl record, strands of wet hair, the grain of a feather – and whose titles flirt with association (Comrade, Amphibian, Corinthian). Martin does away with paint altogether in his wall-mounted casts of copper, bronze and nickel, whose surfaces are unctuous but frozen. In pure pigment works, vivid colour is applied to moulded panels, whose baroque contortions appear like an extreme close-up of a painter’s palette. Martin's recent re-engagement with oil paint, continuing his investigation of the fundamentals of painting, veers from epic and luscious compositions of swirling dark oils to pared-down muted abstractions in smoky off-whites. Titled according to the harmonic relationships between hues, such as Untitled (Davy's Grey Deep / Graphite Grey / Titanium White) (2017), the paintings are loaded with varying quantities of paint, resulting in significant spillages, impasto ridges and arabesque whorls. These parallel strata are built up from repeated, physical gestures – a process that Martin has honed since his days at Goldsmiths College in London in the early 1990s – although now created through precise and controlled gestures, albeit with the intervention of chance, moments of happenstance and the occasional swirl of chaos.

Jason Martin was born in Jersey, in the Channel Islands, in 1970 and lives and works between London and Portugal. He has a BA from Goldsmiths, London (1993). Solo exhibitions include Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany (2017); Museum gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Otterndorf, Germany (2016); Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Venice, Italy (2013); Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2012); Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy (2009); Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporary de Palma, Majorca, Spain (2008); Kunstverein Kreis Gŭtersloh, Gutersloh, Germany (2007); and Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain (2005). He was a prizewinner in John Moores 21, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, UK (1999) and of the Golfo della Spezia, European Biennial of the Visual Arts, La Spezia, Italy (2000).

Jason Martin
Yaba, 2011
Pure pigment on aluminium(spinel black) 42 x 32 cm / 16 9/16 x 12 5/8 in.

Jason Martin
Beast of Burden, 2011
Oil on aluminium 244 x 244 cm / 96 x 96 in.

Jason Martin
Desir, 2015
Mixed media on linen (Oriental Blue) 62 x 48 x 11 cm / 24 1/2 x 19 x 4 3/8 in

Jason Martin
Rousseau's Nightmare, 2012
Oil on aluminium 200 x 460 cm / 78 5/8 x 181 in.

Jason Martin
As yet untitled, 2015
Mixed media on velvet (Quinacridone Scarlet) 147 x 122 cm / 57 7/8 x 48 in

Jason Martin
Salazar, 2012
Copper 60 x 45 x 5 cm / 23 5/8 x 17 5/8 x 2 in.

Jason Martin
Limbo, 1998
Oil on aluminium 120 x 120 x 10 cm / 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 x 3 15/16 in.

Jason Martin
Itza, 2015
Mixed media on aluminium (Prussian Blue) 137 x 94 x 11 cm / 54 x 37 x 4 3/8 in

Jason Martin
Time Will Tell, 2015
Mixed media on linen (Prussian blue) 203 cm / 80 in. diameter

Jason Martin
Sawa, 2015
Ebony silver 40 x 30 x 6.5 cm / 15 5/8 x 11 7/8 x 2 5/8 in.

Jason Martin
Flintwinchthicken, 2015
Mixed media on aluminium (Spinel black) 123 x 100 x 14 cm / 48 1/2 x 39 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.

Jason Martin
Ceyx, 2012
Copper 40.6 x 30.5 x 4.4 cm / 16 x 12 x 1 3/4 in.

Jason Martin
Rugen, 2011
Oil on aluminium 176 x 156 cm / 69 5/16 x 61 7/16 in.

Jason Martin
Province, 2011
Oil on aluminium 180 x 400 cm / 70 7/8 x 157 1/2 in.

Jason Martin
Oceania, 2006
Oil on stainless 175 cm (tondo)/ 68 7/8 in. (tondo)

Jason Martin
Comrade, 2002
Oil on aluminium 150 x 150 cm / 59 1/16 x 59 1/16 in.

Jason Martin
Doxy, 1999
Acrylic on aluminium 150 x 150 x 7 cm / 59 1/16 x 59 1/16 x 2 3/4 in.

Jason Martin
Blanche, 1998
Oil on perspex 60 x 60 cm / 23 5/8 x 23 5/8 in.

Jason Martin
Fools of the Heart, 2016
Oil on aluminium 220 x 177 x 17 cm / 86 5/8 x 69 5/8 x 6 3/4 in

Jason Martin
Untitled (Titanium White), 2016
Oil on aluminium 176 x 142 x 10 cm / 69 1/4 x 55 7/8 x 3 7/8 in

Jason Martin
Sloe, 2013
Nickel 42 x 32 x 7 cm / 16 1/2 x 12 5/8 x 2 7/8 in

Jason Martin
Sloe, 2013
Nickel 42 x 32 x 7 cm / 16 1/2 x 12 5/8 x 2 7/8 in

Jason Martin
Cabo, 2013
Rose gold 40.5 x 30.5 x 8 cm / 16 x 12 x 3 in.

Jason Martin
Ach-cha, 2013
Rose gold 60 x 45 x 6 cm / 23 5/8 x 17 3/4 x 2 3/8 in.

Jason Martin
Pymp, 2013
Nickel 41 x 31.5 x 9 cm / 16 x 12 3/8 x 3 1/2 in.

Jason Martin
Pymp, 2013
Nickel 41 x 31.5 x 9 cm / 16 x 12 3/8 x 3 1/2 in.

Jason Martin
Ach-cha, 2013
Rose gold 60 x 45 x 6 cm / 23 5/8 x 17 3/4 x 2 3/8 in.

Jason Martin
Salazar, 2012
Copper 60 x 45 x 5 cm / 23 5/8 x 17 5/8 x 2 in.

Jason Martin
Ramblas, 2013
Nickel 62 x 48 x 8.5 cm / 24 3/8 x 19 x 3 1/3 in.

Jason Martin
Untitled (Key White), 2016
Oil on aluminium 176 x 142 x 10 cm / 69 1/4 x 55 7/8 x 3 7/8 in

Jason Martin
Untitled (Titanium White), 2016
Oil on aluminium 176 x 142 x 10 cm / 69 1/4 x 55 7/8 x 3 7/8 in

Jason Martin
Breijinho, 2012
Pure pigment on aluminium (alizarin violet) 178 x 158 cm / 70 1/16 x 62 3/16 in.

Jason Martin
Untitled (Davy’s Grey / Payne’s Grey), 2016
Oil on aluminium 242 x 199 cm / 95 1/4 x 78 3/8 in

Jason Martin
Untitled (Payne’s Grey / Ivory Black), 2016
Oil on aluminium 208 x 170 cm / 81 7/8 x 66 7/8 in

Jason Martin
Untitled (Davy’s Grey / Ivory Black), 2016
Oil on aluminium 220 x 178 cm / 86 5/8 x 70 1/8 in

Jason Martin
Ag II, 2016
Silver 44 x 33 x 5 cm / 17 3/8 x 13 x 2 in

Jason Martin
Vigilante, 1998
Oil on aluminium 244 x 244 cm / 96 x 96 in.

Jason Martin
Boudoir, 1998
Oil on aluminium 244 x 244 cm / 96 x 96 in.

Jason Martin
Glutton, 1999
Acrylic on aluminium 180 x 180 cm / 71 x 71 in.

Jason Martin
Romeo II, 1994
Oil on canvas 160 x 152 cm / 63 x 59 7/8 in.

Jason Martin
Golden Oldie No. 3, 1995
Oil on cotton duck 150 x 150 cm / 59 x 59 in.

Jason Martin
Romeo, 1995
Oil on canvas 273 x 272 cm / 107 1/2 x 107 in.

Jason Martin
Untitled (Persian Rose/ Coral Orange), 2017
Oil on aluminium 50 x 40 x 10 cm / 19 5/8 x 15 3/4 x 3 7/8 in

Jason Martin
Untitled (French Cassel Earth / French Ardoise Grey), 2017
Oil on aluminium 66 x 56 cm / 26 x 22 in

Jason Martin
Untitled (French Cassel Earth / French Ardoise Grey), 2017
Oil on aluminium 66 x 56 cm / 26 x 22 in

Jason Martin
Untitled (Payne's Grey / Davy's Grey Deep / French Cassel Earth), 2017
Oil on aluminium 212 x 178 cm / 83 1/2 x 70 1/8 in

Jason Martin
Untitled (Olive Green Deep / Graphite Grey), 2017
220 x 178 cm / 86 5/8 x 70 1/8 in

Jason Martin
Untitled (Olive Green Deep / Graphite Grey), 2017
220 x 178 cm / 86 5/8 x 70 1/8 in

Jason Martin
Untitled (Davy's Grey Deep / Graphite Grey / Titanium White), 2017
Oil on aluminium 220 x 178 cm / 86 5/8 x 70 1/8 in

Exhibitions

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    Jason Martin

    19 January – 24 February 2018

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    Jason Martin

    18 November 2016 – 7 January 2017

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    Jason Martin: Painting as Sculpture

    21 November 2013 – 10 January 2014

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    Jason Martin: Infinitive

    11 May – 23 June 2012

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    Jason Martin: Day Paintings

    21 April – 22 May 2004

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    Jason Martin

    16 September – 23 October 1999

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    Jason Martin

    11 July – 6 September 1997

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    Jason Martin

    10 June – 13 July 1996

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    Postscript: John Isaacs, Jason Martin and ...

    6 October – 21 October 1995

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    Recent Paintings

    18 July – 3 September 1994

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