Lisson Gallery

Jason Martin

Jason Martin channels a minimal approach to painting through an expansive yet controlled use of colour, brush and medium. Working in pigment, acrylic, oil paint, graphite and cast metal, Martin interrogates the fundamentals of painting, veering from epic and luscious compositions of swirling forms (such as Oceania, 2006) to pared-down and muted abstractions in precisely blended tones. Structured according to the harmonic relationships between these hues (included in the titles, such as Davy's Grey Deep/Graphite Grey/Titanium White, 2017), the paintings manifest as parallel strata, their horizons exploring suggestions of landscape and atmosphere through the viscosity of oil or the granular texture of other material added to the paint. Albeit with the occasional intervention of chance, moments of happenstance and the unexpected whorl of chaos, this process of repeated, sweeping gestures has been honed over the years since Martin attended Goldsmiths College in London in the early 1990s. These early works saw Martin dragging skeins of oil or acrylic gel across hard surfaces such as aluminium, stainless steel or Plexiglas with a fine, comb-like tool.

Martin also does away with paint altogether in his wall-mounted casts of gold, rose gold and silver, whose surfaces are unctuous but frozen – fluctuating between sculpture and painting. In monochromatic, pure pigment works, vivid colour is applied to moulded panels, whose baroque contortions appear like extreme close-ups of a painter’s ridged and furrowed palette. Uniting his practice is an attempt to further the language of abstraction through discrete and measured interventions, which both disrupt and activate the surfaces and spaces he inhabits.

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 Thaddaeus Ropac, France (2018); Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany (2017); Museum gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Otterndorf, Germany (2016); 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). 

Untitled (Titanium white/ Prussian blue/ Scheveningen black)

Jason Martin
Untitled (Titanium white/ Prussian blue/ Scheveningen black), 2018
Oil on aluminium 178 x 178 cm / 70 x 70 in

Blanche

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

Oceania

Jason Martin
Oceania , 2006
Oil on stainless 175 cm (tondo) 68.9 in tondo

Guerro

Jason Martin
Guerro, 2012
Oil on aluminium 120 x 90 cm / 47 1/4 x 35 3/8 in

Conquista

Jason Martin
Conquista, 2013
Oil on aluminium 200 x 242 cm / 78 3/4 x 95 1/4 in

Meta

Jason Martin
Meta, 2018
DescriptionMixed media on linen (Ultramarine Blue) 146 x 120 cm / 57 3/8 x 47 1/8 in

Jarrow

Jason Martin
Jarrow, 2014
Mixed media (Alizarin Violet) 176 x 160 cm / 69 1/4 x 63 in

Untitled (Zurich blue / Titanium white)

Jason Martin
Untitled (Zurich blue / Titanium white), 2018
Oil on aluminium 220 x 175 cm / 86 5/8 x 68 7/8 in

Untitled (Cobalt blue deep / Neutral tint / Graphite grey)

Jason Martin
Untitled (Cobalt blue deep / Neutral tint / Graphite grey), 2018
Oil on aluminium 121 x 102 x 10 cm / 47 5/8 x 40 1/8 x 3 7/8 in

Untitled (Royal blue deep / Royal blue light)

Jason Martin
Untitled (Royal blue deep / Royal blue light), 2019
Oil on aluminium 51 x 51 x 9 cm / 20 x 20 x 3 1/2 in

Untitled (Davy’s Grey / Ivory Black)

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

Untitled (Payne's Grey / Davy's Grey Deep / French Cassel Earth)

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

Untitled (Davy's Grey Deep / Graphite Grey / Titanium White)

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

Untitled (Olive Green Deep / Graphite Grey)

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

Thysia

Jason Martin
Thysia, 2015
Mixed media on aluminium (Quinacridone red/ Quinacridone scarlet) 64 x 48 x 12 cm / 25 1/4 x 18 7/8 x 4 3/4 in

Untitled (Ultramarine blue / Cobalt turquoise / Cobalt green deep)

Jason Martin
Untitled (Ultramarine blue / Cobalt turquoise / Cobalt green deep), 2019
Mixed media on aluminium 68 x 58 cm / 26 3/4 x 22 3/4 in

Untitled (Quinacridone Scarlet)

Jason Martin
Untitled (Quinacridone Scarlet), 2018
Mixed media on aluminium 125 x 125 cm / 49 1/4 x 49 1/4 in

Untitled Silver I

Jason Martin
Untitled Silver I, 2017
Silver 44 x 33 x 5 cm / 17 3/8 x 13 x 2 in

Untitled Silver II

Jason Martin
Untitled Silver II, 2017
DescriptionSilver 44 x 33 x 5 cm / 17 3/8 x 13 x 2 in

Untitled Silver IV

Jason Martin
Untitled Silver IV , 2017
Silver 44 x 33 x 5 cm 17 3/8 x 13 x 2 in

Untitled Silver III

Jason Martin
Untitled Silver III, 2017
Silver 44 x 33 x 5 cm / 17 3/8 x 13 x 2 in

Exhibitions

  1. Jason Martin: Long Way Home

    Jason Martin: Long Way Home

    15 May – 22 June 2019

  2. Jason Martin

    Jason Martin

    19 January – 24 February 2018

  3. Jason Martin

    Jason Martin

    18 November 2016 – 7 January 2017

  4. Jason Martin: Painting as Sculpture

    Jason Martin: Painting as Sculpture

    21 November 2013 – 10 January 2014

  5. Jason Martin: Infinitive

    Jason Martin: Infinitive

    11 May – 23 June 2012

  6. Jason Martin: Day Paintings

    Jason Martin: Day Paintings

    21 April – 22 May 2004

  7. Jason Martin

    Jason Martin

    16 September – 23 October 1999

  8. Jason Martin

    Jason Martin

    11 July – 6 September 1997

  9. Jason Martin

    Jason Martin

    10 June – 13 July 1996

  10. Postscript: John Isaacs, Jason Martin and Anna Mossman

    Postscript: John Isaacs, Jason Martin and ...

    6 October – 21 October 1995

  11. Recent Paintings

    Recent Paintings

    18 July – 3 September 1994

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