Sugar Plums In A Chinese Bowl

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Ian Martin
20 cm x 20 cm
acrylic on board ₤450

IAN MASTIN was born in Leicestershire in 1949. His family subsequently emigrated to Australia and he grew up in Queensland. He had no involvement with art during his school days and it was only in the mid 1980s that he began to sketch for recreation. He had an obvious gift and was invited to exhibit his work in a Brisbane gallery where he first experienced success. In 1991, he returned with his family to Britain and settled in East Lothian. Remarkably, it was here that he picked up a paintbrush for the first time and after a year of experimentation in fundamental techniques, he committed himself to painting full time. Since then he has continued to develop his understanding of art, choosing to follow a path of self discovery rather than copy the views of others in determining what is "right". He has chosen to concentrate on Still Life and writes that his aim in all his work is simple but never easy - "to apprehend the indefinable quality in a painting that both breathes life and gives pause for reflection."

In 2000, Ian and his wife returned to Australia but he continues his association with Tolquhon Gallery shipping work over for exhibitions.


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