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). 

 

 

 

 

Fell

Jason Martin
Fell
2006
Oil on aluminium, 130 x 200 cm

Pulse

Jason Martin
Pulse
2007
Oil on stainless, 173 x 173 cm

As Yet Untitled

Jason Martin
As Yet Untitled
2010
Oil on aluminum, 173 x 173 cm

Verdade

Jason Martin
Verdade
2013
Mixed media on panel, 68 x 60 x 12 cm

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

Jason Martin
Untitled (Ultramarine blue / Cobalt turquoise / Cobalt green deep)
2019
Mixed media on aluminium, 69 x 57 x 10 cm

As Yet Untitled

Jason Martin
As Yet Untitled
2018
Mixed media on aluminium (Spinel Black), 125 x 125 cm

Jarrow

Jason Martin
Jarrow
2014
Mixed media (Alizarin Violet), 176 x 160 cm

Untitled Silver I

Jason Martin
Untitled Silver I
2017
Silver 44 x 33 x 5 cm

Untitled Silver II

Jason Martin
Untitled Silver II
2017
DescriptionSilver 44 x 33 x 5 cm

Untitled Silver III

Jason Martin
Untitled Silver III
2017
Silver 44 x 33 x 5 cm

Untitled Silver IV

Jason Martin
Untitled Silver IV
2017
Silver 44 x 33 x 5 cm

Untitled (Ebony)

Jason Martin
Untitled (Ebony)
2015
Ebony silver, 40 x 30 x 6.5 cm

Odyssée

Jason Martin
Odyssée
2015
Gold, 49.5 x 33.5 x 8 cm

Amore

Jason Martin
Amore
2013/2016
Rose gold, 41.5 x 32.5 x 7.5 cm

Untitled (Zinc white / Royal blue light / French graphite grey)

Jason Martin
Untitled (Zinc white / Royal blue light / French graphite grey)
2019
Oil on aluminium, 175 x 175 x 11 cm

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

Untitled (Titanium white/ Prussian blue/ Scheveningen black)

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

Untitled (Scheveningen blue/ Zinc white)

Jason Martin
Untitled (Scheveningen blue/ Zinc white)
2018
Oil on aluminium, 178 x 178 cm

Untitled (Zinc white / Scheveningen blue)

Jason Martin
Untitled (Zinc white / Scheveningen blue)
2018
Oil on aluminium, 178 x 178 x 12 cm

Untitled (Mixed white / French Ardoise grey)

Jason Martin
Untitled (Mixed white / French Ardoise grey)
2018
Oil on aluminium, 178 x 178 cm

Untitled (Ivory Black / Graphite Grey)

Jason Martin
Untitled (Ivory Black / Graphite Grey)
2917
Oil on aluminium, 68 x 58 x 11 cm

Untitled (Titanium White / Neutral Tint)

Jason Martin
Untitled (Titanium White / Neutral Tint)
2017
Oil on aluminium, 66 x 56 cm

Untitled (Cobalt blue deep / Stil de grain / Graphite grey)

Jason Martin
Untitled (Cobalt blue deep / Stil de grain / Graphite grey)
2019
Oil on aluminium, 220 x 180 cm

Untitled (Cobalt blue deep / Graphite grey dark / Scheveningen black)

Jason Martin
Untitled (Cobalt blue deep / Graphite grey dark / Scheveningen black)
2018
Oil on aluminium, 245 x 204 cm

Untitled (Cobalt blue deep / Cobalt violet deep / Graphite grey)

Jason Martin
Untitled (Cobalt blue deep / Cobalt violet deep / Graphite grey)
2019
Oil on aluminium, 220 x 180 cm

Exhibitions

  1. Group presentation in London

    Group presentation in London

    8 December 2020 – 13 February 2021

  2. Jason Martin

    Jason Martin

    19 November – 29 November 2020

  3. Jason Martin: Long Way Home

    Jason Martin: Long Way Home

    15 May – 22 June 2019

  4. Jason Martin

    Jason Martin

    19 January – 24 February 2018

  5. Jason Martin

    Jason Martin

    18 November 2016 – 7 January 2017

  6. Jason Martin: Painting as Sculpture

    Jason Martin: Painting as Sculpture

    21 November 2013 – 10 January 2014

  7. Jason Martin: Infinitive

    Jason Martin: Infinitive

    11 May – 23 June 2012

  8. Jason Martin: Day Paintings

    Jason Martin: Day Paintings

    21 April – 22 May 2004

  9. Jason Martin

    Jason Martin

    16 September – 23 October 1999

  10. Jason Martin

    Jason Martin

    11 July – 6 September 1997

  11. Jason Martin

    Jason Martin

    10 June – 13 July 1996

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

    Postscript: John Isaacs, Jason Martin and ...

    6 October – 21 October 1995

  13. Recent Paintings

    Recent Paintings

    18 July – 3 September 1994

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