David Martin (b. 1922 - 2018)

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David Martin

David Martin

Glasgow - b. 1922 - 2018

David Martin lived and worked in Scotland.
Regarded by many as one of the finest still life and landscape painters having worked in Scotland in the past 100 years, David Martin’s work is held in many major collections including The Arts Council of Scotland, The City of Edinburgh Art Collection, Perth Museum and Art Gallery, The Dick Institute, Kilmarnock, Robert Fleming and Company Ltd, Linklaters and Paine, Lord MacFarlane, The Earl of Moray, Credit Lyonnais Bank, Warburg Asset Management and the Clydesdale Bank. A major retrospective of his work was held at Perth Museum and Art Gallery in 1999.


1993 Elected Honorary Member of Society of Scottish Artists
1991 Member SAAC
1986 Meets Marc Chagall in Glasgow
1983 Retires from teaching
1961 Elected Member of Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour
1959 Elected member of Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts
1949 Elected Professional Member SSA
Design for Fabric selected by Arts Council for inclusion in an exhibition in the Design Centre, Glasgow. Printed by Gayonne Fabrics Ltd
1949-59 Studied design at evening classes with Robert Stewart, GSA
1948-9 Jordanhill Teacher Training College
1946-48 Glasgow School of Art under David Donaldson
Meets the painter Isobel Smith at Glasgow Scholl of Art
1946 Instructor in art under the Forces Educational and Vocational Training Scheme
1940-42 Glasgow School of Art
1934-9 Educated Govan high School


<i>Near Old Stewarton</i> Oil on canvas 30 x 25 ins, (76.20 x 63.50 cms)
<i>Three Cherries and Calla Lilly</i> 2014 Oil on canvas 30 x 30 ins, (76.20 x 76.20 cms)
<i>The Blue Table</i> Oil on canvas 30 x 30 ins, (76.20 x 76.20 cms)
<i>Evening Sun and Landscape</i> 2014 Oil on canvas 20 x 24 ins, (50.80 x 60.96 cms)
<i>Hillside near Cupar</i> 2014 Oil on canvas 30 x 30 ins, (76.20 x 76.20 cms)
<i>Glass Vase and Sunflowers</i> 2013 Oil on canvas 30 x 30 ins, (76.20 x 76.20 cms)
<i>The Musician’s Table</i> Oil on canvas 36 x 39½ ins, (91.44 x 100.33 cms)


Solo Exhibitions

2014Recent Paintings, John Martin Gallery Chelsea, London
2012Turning Ninety, John Martin Gallery, London
2010 John Martin Gallery, London
2008Recent Painting, John Martin Gallery, London
2006 John Martin Gallery at Lalique, New York
2003Landscapes, John Martin Gallery Chelsea, London
2002Eightieth Birthday Exhibition, John Martin Gallery, London
2001 Roger Billcliffe Fine Art
2000 John Martin Gallery, London
1999David Martin Paintings 1948-99, Perth Museum and Art Gallery
1999 John Martin Gallery, London
1998 Roger Billcliffe Fine Art
1997 John Martin Gallery, London
1995 The Fosse Gallery
1995 John Martin Gallery, London
1994 Thackeray Gallery, London
1994 Roger Billcliffe Fine Art
1992 Thackeray Gallery, London
1991 Kingfisher Gallery
1990 Torrance Gallery
1985 Torrance Gallery
1984 Gallery 22, Cupar, Fife
1983 Fair Maids Gallery, Perth
1979 Strathclyde University
1965 Stone Gallery, Newcastle


The Scottish Arts Council; Scottish Television; City of Edinburgh Art Collection; Edinburgh Corporation; Robert Fleming & Company; Perth Museum and Art Gallery; East Kilbride Town Council; Education Authorities of Edinburgh, Argyll, Dunbartonshire, Lanarkshire; the Dick Institute, Kilmarnock; Clydesdale Bank; Warburg Asset Management; Credit Lyonnais, London; The Earl of Moray; Dr T Shimizu; Lord MacFarlane; Lord Goold; Linklater & Paines, London.

David Martin exhibited annually at Royal Scottish Academy, starting in 1948, as well as the Royal Glasgow Institute. He also exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Mall Galleries, Bath Contemporary Art Fair, William Hardie Gallery, Thackeray Gallery, Torrance Gallery, ’41 Gallery, The Shore Gallery, Leith; Roger Billcliffe Fine Art; The Macauley Gallery, The Hunting Art Prize exhibition 1996, Glasgow Art Fair, Singer Friedlander and the 20th Century British Art Fair.

With John Martin he participated in exhibitions at The Miami Art Fair 1996, On a Grand Scale 1997, Fifty and One 1997, Art International New York 1998, various Christmas Shows 1998 and the London Contemporary Art Fair 1995-99, Discerning Eye at the Mall Galleries, London 2000, Connections 2000 for members and guests of the RSA. The most recent collection of completed works features in ‘The Long Summer Show’ 2018.