This solo exhibition of around one hundred paintings represents sixty-four years of Martin Dutton’s work from Art School days to the present. Martin’s mastery of colour and surface texture, underpinned by strong compositional organisation, and skilful technique can be seen throughout this varied exhibition.
Including a selection of paintings that will appeal to those with both traditional and modern tastes, the exhibition traces the development of Martin's work through its evolution into his ‘Thematic’ approach.
The themes extend from in situ realist paintings, based on his extensive travels, to Intuitive Abstract paintings created in his studio and often evolved from a deep understanding of the subjects he has been immersed in whilst painting in situ. His abstract paintings are often intriguingly complex, and their visual poetry is gradually revealed as the viewer’s eyes explore the image.
Following art school in Stafford and Leicester, Martin continued as a practising artist alongside his long career in teaching,culminating in his role as Head of Department at Bradford College. Since moving to Devon he was elected as a member of the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Art in 2008. He has been Vice President of Devon Art Society, President of Teignmouth Art Society for ten years and a Committee member of Torbay Guild of Artists for many years.
Martin's work is included in collections both in the UK and abroad.
His frank illustrated autobiography ‘Parallel Themes’, which celebrates his eightieth year, will also be available at the exhibition. A free copy of the book will be included with any painting purchased. (Limited to one copy per customer during the exhibition only).