Nocturne – Contemporary Painting Exhibition
by Jason Martin

The George Crossan Gallery – Preview Evening Friday 1st November from 5pm to 8pm


Private & Public Gallery are pleased to announce their first collaboration with Bailiwick Estates for an exhibition of new works by the internationally acclaimed Channel Island artist Jason Martin. Following exhibitions in New York and Paris last year, Martin continues his investigation into the fundamentals of painting creating unique compositions of multiple shades, chromatic blends and elegant tonal shifts.

This exhibition, which is remarkably his first ever in Guernsey, will be shown in the pristine exhibition spaces of the George Crossan Gallery throughout the month of November and a public preview evening and drinks reception will be held on Friday 1st November from 5pm to 8pm. All are welcome.

As seen throughout his career, Martin never ceases to challenge himself and interrogate the origins and parameters of painting. Through his experiments into the unknown, Martin explores new materials to discover different reactions through which to expand his practice.

For this exhibition Martin is, for the first time, showing watercolour paintings which result in a series of works which have an intensely natural feel and earthly elemental nature that appear to make reference to his early life as an artist when he was continually inspired by the natural beauty of the Channel Islands, their landscape, sea and light.

The late Robert Tilling RI, Martin’s teacher at Victoria College in Jersey, had a huge influence over Martin’s formative years as an artist and in this exhibition there are unquestionably subtle references to Tilling’s work which are both touching and poetic.

Jason Martin is unquestionably one of the worlds pre-eminent mid –career painters whose large scale paintings fetch six figure sums on both the primary and secondary markets but Private & Public Gallery are delighted that Guernsey art enthusiasts can now own an original, investment grade artwork at an affordable price for most collectors. To own one is not only to hold a piece or art history in your hands it is also to have a unique piece of Channel Islands history that will continue to rise in value in the future.

About Jason Martin

Born in Jersey in 1970 Jason Martin studied Fine Art at Goldsmith College in London and upon graduating in 1993 instantly shot to stardom with his inclusion, by Charles Saatchi, in the seminal exhibition ‘Sensation’ at the Royal Academy which defined the YBA generation of artists.

He was subsequently represented by Lisson Gallery in London and has staged major solo exhibitions on every continent and his works are held in many of the world’s leading museums. Solo exhibitions include Schauwerk Sindelfingen Museum, Germany (2017); Museum Gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Ottendorf Germany (2016); Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy (2009), Es Baluard Museu d’Art I Contemporary de Palma, Majorca, Spain (2008), Kunstverein Kreis Gutersloh, Germany (2007); and Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Malaga, Spain (2005).

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