Our Martin Studios exhibition will be in our new studio/gallery at 2, Stanford Square, Worthing, BN113EZ this year. We will be open from June 11th – 28th, on Thursdays to Sundays, from 11am – 5pm.
We will be working there and happy to talk about our current art projects. Both upstairs and downstairs you can see our recent work, including large oil paintings, drawings, prints and multi-media works, alongside some earlier pieces. Our exhibition this June reflects the season and celebrates our experience of spring and early summer.
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I made the first proofs of all the prints I’ve cut in the studio/gallery. The Merry Maidens woodcut needs a bit more cutting, but only details now. I like it in black and white, but I might try printing it in colour and maybe with another plate to bring more of a layered image.
The Men an Tol print is on vinyl and the stones are cut in a section that’s separate from the flowers and figures – they fit together like a jig-saw. This is the first proof in black and white, but I’m intending to print it in at least two colours, inking each up separately.
This third proof is of a row of little figures I cut a couple of weeks ago that I’m planning to use as part of a mixed media print soon.
We’re not promising to open the studio/gallery again until the New Year – time to be creative with cooking now! We’ll also rehang our work to have a focus on our experience of the art of our prehistoric ancestors. We’ll announce dates soon. Make sure you’re signed up on our mailing list (www.martinstudios.co.uk on the home page) if you would like to be invited to Private Views when our new exhibitions open.
Time has flown and our first exhibition is nearly finished – we’re open until this Saturday although we’ll probably open a few days the following week because both Paul and I have been developing studio work that we want to complete before Christmas.
We went to Cornwall again shortly before we opened the studio/gallery and that revived my ideas about Cornwall. I’ve revisited some of my earlier work, in particular several prints and paintings that I made of the Merry Maidens stone circle near to Lamorna. At the moment I’m working on a woodcut that I’m hoping will form the main structure for a new print. Here you can see the ‘studio’ space we’ve been working in and a closer view of the woodcut before it is printed.
I’m hoping to be able to make the first proof on Friday and maybe also proof a smaller vinyl piece that I cut last week of the Men an Tol, another very special set of stones near to Zennor.
Early in 2015 we will be showing a much wider range of our work from prehistoric subjects – watch this space!
Wow! Our first week is over and we’re delighted with how many people have come to find us. We want to run as a studio/gallery so that we can develop our work and talk to visitors about the paintings and prints we have on show. We showed some older work alongside the new – here’s Paul fixing my recent monotypes of prehistoric caves under my big oil painting and earlier composites.
We realised that we’ve set up the ‘gallery’ part, but have very little of the ‘studio’ part in place yet, so that’s what we’ll be arranging next. We’ve also been asked to do talks to groups, workshops with art clubs and have professional conversations with people returning to art after a gap or feeling ‘stuck’ in their personal art practice. So we’ll be busy! Lots to think about too – having a town-centre studio/gallery is a new venture for us both and we want to explore the range of options it offers to extend our own practice in interesting ways.