Artist profile

Mary Martin

Mary Martin was born 16 January 1907 at Folkestone. She studied at Goldsmiths' College 1925–9 and at the R.C.A. 1929–32 and married Kenneth Martin in 1930. Exhibited at the A.I.A. from 1934, mainly as a still-life and landscape painter, using her maiden name, Mary Balmford. She taught drawing, design and weaving at Chelmsford School of Art 1941–4 and painted her first abstract picture in 1950, made her first reliefs in 1951 and her first free-standing construction in 1956. Exhibited with the London Group from 1932, member 1959. First one-man exhibition, with her husband, at the Heffer Gallery, Cambridge, 1954. Has participated in group exhibitions of constructed art in England and abroad, notably Konkrete Kunst, Zürich 1960, and Experiment in Constructie, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1962. Constructed reliefs for the Orient Line's S.S. Oriana 1960.

Biography

1907
Born in Folkestone
1925–29
Studied at Goldsmiths School of Art, London
1929–32
Studied at the Royal College Art, London
1930
Married Kenneth Martin
1940–43
In charge of Weaving Department, Chelmsford School of Art
1969
Joint first prizewinner (with Richard Hamilton), John Moores 7, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
1969
Died in London

Selected exhibitions

2013
Kenneth & Mary Martin, Drawings, Annely Juda Fine Art, London
2007–08
Kenneth Martin & Mary Martin: Constructed Works, Camden Arts Centre, London; Tate St Ives, Cornwall; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea
2004
Mary Martin 1907-1969 The End is Always to Achieve Simplicity, Huddersfield Art Gallery, West Yorkshire; Kettle's Yard, Cambridge; Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne; Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, Bournemouth
1970–71
Mary Martin-Kenneth Martin, Arts Council of Great Britain Touring Exhibition
1960
Essays in Movement, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (with Kenneth Martin)
1954
Reliefs and Mobiles, Heffer Gallery, Cambridge (with Kenneth Martin)