Martin Davidson was born in Cornwall and has always been inspired by the sea. After formal education, he joined the Merchant Navy and sailed the Pacific and Atlantic. While onboard, he applied to the Slade School of Fine Art with drawings from his voyages and was accepted. Martin specialised in Printmaking and went onto a postgraduate course at the Central School of Art from where he started teaching Lithography at the School.
Martin’s interest in Japanese Art has led him to develop skills in woodcuts and linocuts. The work explores the forms and rhythms of the natural world. Starting with drawings and photographs, the work goes through a process of distilling and simplifying the complexities to find a more abstract and expressive graphic equivalent. Martin is particularly interested in exploring the relationship between positive and negative mark-making and also the borderline between the figurative and the abstract.
Martin’s work has been exhibited widely in Europe and the USA. He recently exhibited work at RA Summer Exhibition, Bankside, Space, Highgate galleries, Zillah Bell and the Freud Museum. He also regularly shows his work at Crouch End Open Studios. Martin’s prints are in a number of public and private collections, including the V&A Museum.
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