Paddy Martin


Painting on sailcloth and on wood panels made of reclaimed timber add an extra level to paintings that are very much about atmosphere, space and light and also about the very stuff they are made of…Paint.

After graduating in Fine Art in 1998 I spent several years making paintings of surfers, surf and sub aqua vistas before moving towards painting commissioned works. Recent work has returned to using the sea as my inspiration using sea goers as centre pieces in sometimes chaotic backdrops. The works are presented on traditional canvas, artists’ board, panels made from reclaimed timber and stretched pieces of reclaimed sails complete with seams and eyelets. These textures and the history of the materials are an integral part of the paintings which are painted in layers, then sanded back to reveal glimpses of base layers which are sometimes complimentary to and sometimes in complete contrast to the surface layer which draws the viewer into open, wild seascapes.

Since graduating my work has sold in galleries across the UK, Republic of Ireland, USA and Portugal, even appearing in a nationwide Guinness campaign.  My new paintings on sailcloth and wood panels have given me the impetus to once again embrace selling work through chosen galleries.