Martin Laurance – From Land to Sea
A solo exhibition of recent works by Martin Laurance at Mandell’s Gallery, Norwich
12 Jan – 8 Feb 2020.
This exhibition showcases Martin Laurance’s landscapes in mixed media and oil with a focus upon the area where sea, sky and land meet. Reflecting his interest in places, the subjects range from the Norfolk coast to Yorkshire, Cornwall, and Orford Ness on the Suffolk coast.
Martin began his career as an engraver and graphic designer, before taking a B.Ed in art and design. After graduation Martin concentrated solely upon drawing, particularly life drawing and rarely exhibited work at this time.
By the early 1990’s Martin became interested in landscape. After the discipline of the figure and the austerity of pencil and charcoal, the scale of his work became large with vibrant colour replacing monochrome. His recent work has seen a return to monochrome and it’s expressive possibilities, but colour still remains central to most of his work.
‘My work is about landscape. I try to go beyond the immediate sensation to something felt and experienced, seeking to find the spirit and inner reality of place. Locally, I am drawn to the coast where change is constant. Recently I have been concentrating upon the eroding coast of Norfolk where the beaches and cliffs are constantly moving, disappearing and re-appearing.’ Martin Laurance
‘Martin Laurance has a unique style, not derivative of, or in the manner of any other artist. His artworks can contain found paper pertaining to the subject, with layered paper and collage. These elements provide a strong textural feel, this combined with his confidence in using strong colours result in highly individual work.’ John Allen Director of Mandell’s Gallery
Martin’s paintings and drawings are in public, private and corporate collections in this country and abroad, including the National Trust, Targetfollow PLC and Deloitte and Touche (Zurich).
The exhibition will open on Sunday 12th Jan at 12pm Martin Laurance will be at the gallery from 12pm-4pm. A fantastic chance to meet the artist and see the exhibition.