David Martin

About the artist - David Martin

David Martin (b.1975) is a Scottish artist based in Edinburgh. He constructs images of figures, places and half-glimpsed spaces with paint and found materials, to explore the shifting and changing nature of the world.

David Martin is from Tayport, Fife and now lives and works in Edinburgh. He initially studied physics and astronomy at Glasgow University, but during his studies had a radical change of mind and enrolled on the MA Fine Art degree at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 2000 with First Class Honours. After graduating, he mainly painted portraits, and by 2005 had exhibited widely, including in the BP Portrait Award. His major breakthrough came when he was awarded the Alastair Salvesen Travel Scholarship in 2006, culminating in a critically acclaimed solo exhibition in the Royal Scottish Academy in 2007 based on his 5-month journey through the Middle East. Subsequently, Martin has embarked on several travel-based projects such as holy sites in Ethiopia and garment factories in Bangladesh. He has built up a reputation as a teacher of painting, and is Head of Painting at Leith School of Art, and is on the council of Visual Arts Scotland.

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